Two ideas for Thanksgiving leftovers

Two ideas for Thanksgiving leftovers

Big family food celebrations such as Thanksgiving can leave you with a stack of cooked vegetables that are just too precious to chuck away.

With this in mind, I thought I’d come up with a couple of tasty solutions that can help feed the family for a couple of days after the big event.

Mayonnaise has long been a “go-to” ingredient for leftovers, so it was a bonus to have a jar of Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise at the ready.

Any leftover veg can be used in either of these recipes as long as they’ve already been cooked, and although these are vegetarian ideas, leftover poultry would work a treat as well. The addition of mayo in these dishes makes them creamy and delicious; a real improvement to the non-mayo versions. In fact, I’ve found that adding mayonnaise can do the same to any savoury cooked-egg recipe.

Leftover veg filo tarts

Ingredients – makes 4 small tarts

  • Leftover and cooled roast vegetables – new potatoes, carrots, squash, garlic and peppers work best.
  • Filo pastry sheets
  • 1 small sliced tomato per tart
  • 2 tbsp Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise
  • 2 large free-range eggs
  • 100ml cream
  • Salt and pepper

Preheat the oven to 170°C/350°F/gas 3.

Cut your leftover veg into roughly half thumb-sized cubes.

Grab one or two small, non-stick loose-based tart cases and spray three filo sheets with an oil spritzer and lay each slightly differently upon the one below to create a “pointed crown” effect that rises above the sides of the case. Fill each case two-thirds full with the vegetables.

In a jug, beat the eggs with the mayonnaise and the cream, then season well.

Pour the mixture into the tart cases until it covers the veg. Place the sliced tomato on top and grind over some black pepper.

Cook in the middle of your oven for 20 minutes, or until the pastry is golden brown and the mixture has only a slight wobble left. Leave to cool, but not go cold, for 20 minutes, and serve with a fresh leaf salad.

Leftover vegetable tortilla

A take on the ubiquitous Spanish omelette, this is a reasonably slow-cooked, single-pan dish that is delicious hot or cold.

Serves 8


  • Olive oil
  • 4 large potatoes, sliced pencil-thick
  • 2 white onions
  • 6 large free-range eggs
  • 2 tablespoons Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise
  • Leftover cooked veg – green beans, squash, courgette (zucchini), garlic
  • Handful of chopped, flat-leaf parsley
  • Salt and pepper

Get a large, deep, non-stick sauté pan on a high heat and add enough olive oil to cover the bottom of the pan.

Add the sliced raw potatoes and onions and cook on a medium heat for 20 minutes or until the potatoes have gone soft. Stir constantly to prevent burning.

Turn the pan out into a colander, draining off most of the oil but keeping a little to the side.

Whisk together the mayonnaise, parsley, retained oil from the potatoes and eggs, then season well.

Put your pan onto a low heat and add the potatoes, onions and leftover cooked veg, filling to about two-thirds of the pan. Pour over the egg and mayonnaise mixture and shake pan to settle. It should almost cover the veg.

Keep on a low heat, gently pushing the mixture away from the sides of the pan with a spatula. After 15-20 minutes you should see the egg mixture on the top beginning to cook – at this point you need to flip your tortilla.

Put a plate big enough to cover the pan on top of it. Hold the plate with one hand and the pan-handle with the other and flip it over. Remove the pan and then slide the tortilla, uncooked side down, back into the pan, and return to the heat.

Cook for five minutes and then tip onto a board for eating straight away, or allow to cool completely, refrigerate and eat cold within two days.

15 Thanksgiving Leftover Recipe Ideas

Have you thought about what you&rsquore going to do with all those leftovers?! If not, don&rsquot worry &ndash I thought about that for you. :) Not only do I have a list here, I have a bunch on my Thanksgiving Leftovers Pinterest board as well that didn&rsquot make it on this list &rsquocause it could go on and on!

After you run around getting ready for the big meal tomorrow and eat all that your belly can hold and as far as your yoga pants can stretch, you can veg out on the couch and in a turkey-day-induced-coma check out the list of ideas below! The 15 Thanksgiving leftover recipe ideas will make you hungry all over again!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! xx

Monday 1st of December 2014

They all look great! Thank you for including my sandwich :)

Monday 1st of December 2014

whahhh I wish we had leftovers :/

sharana @ Living The Sweet Life Blog

Thursday 27th of November 2014

amazing ideas!! HAPPY THANKSGIVING :)

Wednesday 26th of November 2014

This is a great list, thanks so much for sharing it!

Monday 24th of November 2014

What a great lineup!! Thanks for including me girl!! XO!!

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If you've got a hankering for Italian food by the time Thanksgiving dinner is said and done, do something totally different—go the pasta route! Yes, just in case you didn't eat enough carbs on Turkey Day, do like Ready Set Eat does with their turkey tetrazzini recipe. Repurposing turkey into a pasta dish is a creative way to use up those leftovers!

The feast may be complete but the refrigerator is still packed with Thanksgiving leftovers like turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and so much more. While it's easy to recreate a full plate of holiday favorites the following day, it's even more exciting to create an entirely new dish out of bits and pieces from the mains and sides. One delicious example? Our Thanksgiving Leftovers Pie, which is pictured here.

Start Black Friday with Thanksgiving leftovers for breakfast: Layer leftover turkey (or shredded, pre-cooked chicken should your family have finished the bird) on a tortilla along with mashed sweet potatoes, sautéed onions, and a fried egg for the ultimate Turkey Breakfast Taco. It's easy to prepare a big batch of these if you have family and friends staying over, too. If you're still feeling full from Thanksgiving dinner and can't imagine consuming anything beyond coffee or tea for breakfast, prepare a dessert made with leftovers in the morning to enjoy it later in the day. Swirl cranberry sauce into a classic vanilla cheesecake or create individual Cranberry Curd Tartlets that use a double whammy of leftover pie crust and leftover cranberry sauce. Their miniature size makes them perfect for having just a small sweet bite at the end of the day.

Or balance out all of the heavy carbs with a light salad that uses shredded turkey, chopped celery (leftover from your crudité board, perhaps?), and cranberry sauce as a component of a very bright, tart dressing. It's a great lunch to enjoy over the weekend.

All of our ideas for using up Thanksgiving leftovers are sure to inspire (and will help you clear out your refrigerator in the process, too!).

14 ideas for Thanksgiving leftovers

Congratulations! You&rsquove made it through Thanksgiving. And while you may be impressed with how successful the turkey turned out, or that domestic relations around the dinner table didn&rsquot dissolve into war this year, perhaps you&rsquore most proud that you were able to cram all the leftovers into the fridge at the end of dinner. And while sometimes nothing tastes better than a cold plate of leftovers in the calm after the big day, even the world&rsquos best stuffing doused in gravy can become, well, boring.

We&rsquove compiled 14 of our favorite recipes that repurpose leftovers in new and, dare we say it, exciting ways. From soups and stews, to &ldquopain perdu&rdquo and, yes, the classic turkey sandwich, it&rsquos all you need to reimagine those leftovers. Simply click on the photos to go to the recipes.

26 Awesome Ways to Use Those Thanksgiving Leftovers

Instead of reheating the same plate of post-Turkey Day grub over and over again, transform your leftovers into these mouthwatering meals.

Instead of reheating the same plate of post-Turkey Day grub over and over again, transform your leftovers into these mouthwatering meals.

The classic comfort food tastes just as amazing when you swap roasted turkey for chicken.

Get the recipe at Completely Delicious.

Cheese? Check. French fries? Check. Your favorite Thanksgiving foods? Check and check. (Our neighbors to the north clearly have this leftovers thing figured out.)

Pick up a loaf of fresh bread and voilà: The easiest day-after-Thanskgiving lunch ever.

Get the full recipe at Carrie's Experimental Kitchen.

Turkey pot pie: not so healthy, thanks to all that crust. This slimmed-down version, which calls for sweet potato instead, is so much better for you.

Get the recipe at Food Done Light.

Ross Geller can certainly tell you that leftover Thanksgiving sandwiches are the best, but they can get a little old. Turkey rolls are a fun new twist.

Get the recipe at Arts & Crackers .

If you're actually craving food the morning after Thanksgiving, this frittata makes the most use of your leftovers: Use turkey sweet potatoes, spinach, and Gruyere cheese, or customize to what's still in your fridge.

Get the recipe at Skinny Taste .

Slap all your Thanksgiving staples between two tortillas, add cheese, and you've got a delicious day-after meal that works for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Get the recipe at The Cookie Rookie.

What better way to use up all that leftover turkey than by stuffing it into a deliciously fragrant and flavorful pot pie?

Get the recipe at Sugar Spun Run.

The great thing about these is that they come in small portion sizes, so you can eat as many as your belly can handle post-Thanksgiving feast &mdash without sacrificing any of the holiday's flavors.

Get the recipe at Tastemade.

This looks just as messy as piling your plate with yesterday's scraps, but that drizzle of maple syrup (yes, syrup) on top makes it taste so much better.

Get the recipe at The Flavor Bender.

Muffins get a savory makeover with chopped up turkey, sautéed greens, and roasted root vegetables. Thanksgiving dinner for breakfast, all in one bite-size dish!

Get the recipe at Budget Bytes.

Turn your leftover stuffing into Thanksgiving latkes with just a little cheese &mdash then top these pancakes with a fried egg for the ultimate next-day brunch.

Get the recipe at Well Plated.

This crescent ring is so packed with Thanksgiving goodness, you might have to wait a day or two until you can really appreciate it &mdash your stomach just won't be able to handle it before then.

Get the recipe at Tablespoon.

This looks like it'll take as much time to make as it took for your turkey to cook, but the secret is in prepared pizza crust &mdash slice up the sides, layer on your leftovers, then fold it up and bake. Voilà!

Get the recipe at Betsy Life.

Wrap all your favorite Thanksgiving foods (turkey, stuffing, etc.) in egg roll wrappers and fry those babies for a deliciously crunchy next-day treat. If you have any cooking motivation left, that cranberry dipping sauce is super easy to make, too.

Get the recipe at Cake 'n' Knife.

Just when you thought mashed potatoes couldn't be any more appetizing, your taste buds discover the joy that is this deep-fried, cheesy, crispy pancake version of this classic side.

Get the recipe at Just a Taste.

Butter-glazed turkey, avocado, egg, cranberry sauce, brie, and bacon? Sandwiched between two fluffy mashed potato waffles? That's a mouthful, but yes, please.

Get the recipe at Half Baked Harvest.

Finish off that cranberry sauce by whipping up a few stacks of tart-but-sweet French toast the morning after Thanksgiving. With a breakfast as practical as it is flavorful, you may even &mdash dare we say it &mdash finally get a compliment from the MIL.

Get the recipe at Alaska From Scratch.

Yep, you read that right. Incorporate a cup of your plain, leftover mashed potatoes into the dough for a batch of melt-in-your-mouth, ooey-gooey treats. Bonus: No kneading necessary.

Get the recipe at Yummy Healthy Easy.

If it looks this good on the outside, you can only imagine how incredible the turkey, cranberry, squash, and cheese combo tastes on the inside.

Get the recipe at Recipe Girl.

Make a hearty appetizer out of your extra turkey and cranberry sauce, perfect for those football games you'll be sleeping through watching all weekend long.

Get the recipe at Girl Versus Dough.

Throw those extra cranberries in a blender with some apples, onion, cilantro, and jalapeño. Dice the ingredients for just a few seconds for a spicy cranberry salsa. Spread onto a flour tortilla with reheated turkey, cream cheese, and a sprinkle of cilantro, and you've got yourself one tasty taco!

Get the recipe at Mountain Mama Cooks.

"This is a great, versatile recipe. The apples and veggies in the mix keep it very moist."

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Recipes for Leftover Turkey

Do you have enough turkey left to put together a whole other turkey? Try out these recipes as you make your way through those leftovers. You’ll find plenty of variety here so that you never tire of turkey!

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Learn to Love Leftovers

The Leftover: Mashed Potatoes

The Second Act: Mashed Potato Pizza

Try this twist on a white pie: Prebake your favorite pizza dough until the edges are just set, then spread with leftover mashed potatoes (the garlickier the better), and sprinkle with shredded cheddar or mozzarella. Crumbled bacon is optional, though highly recommended.

The Leftover: Green Beans

The Second Act: Thanksgiving Fried Rice

This kitchen-sink solution is especially forgiving during the holidays, since you can load it up with all kinds of leftovers. Stir-fry chopped cooked beans (and any other leftover veggies) in oil, then add cold cooked rice, and toss until coated and warm. Fold in leftover turkey or ham, and add a splash of soy sauce. Serve topped with a fried egg.

The Leftover: Cranberry Sauce

The Second Act: Hot Cereal Mix-In

Why limit yourself to raisins? Swirl a scoop of cranberry relish into hot oatmeal, quinoa porridge or cream of wheat for a sweet-tart and colorful addition to breakfast. The condiment is also tasty mixed into cream cheese for your morning bagel.

The Leftover: Gravy

The Second Act: Poutine

Drizzle hot french fries with warm leftover gravy and sprinkle with crumbled cheese curds for the classic Canadian late-night snack. Gravy also delivers a shot of savory when stirred into risotto, mac and cheese, and soup.

The Leftover: Stuffing

The Second Act: Brunch Frittata

Let flavor-soaked cubes of bread stand in for potatoes in this breakfast winner: warm stuffing in a nonstick oven-proof skillet (cast iron is good). Add beaten eggs and your favorite shredded cheese, cook until just set, then pop under the broiler until cooked through and golden.

The Leftover: Sweet Potato Casserole

The Second Act: Curried Sweet Potato Soup

Ditch the marshmallow topping, and simmer leftover sweet potatoes with curry paste, chicken stock and coconut milk for a fragrant soup that would also be great with any leftover green vegetables you may have on hand. The love-it-or-hate-it side dish also makes a wicked addition to pancake batter and (surprise!) hummus.

The Leftover: Roasted Turkey

The Second Act: Pan-Fried Dumplings

Bye-bye, turkey pot pie. Try this instead: Toss finely chopped roasted turkey, carrots, scallions and ginger with enough beaten egg white to moisten. Stuff wonton wrappers with the filling, pan-fry and serve with soy sauce for dipping.

The Leftover: Apple Pie

The Second Act: Apple Pie Milkshakes

Add a slice of apple pie to your favorite milkshake combo (we like milk, vanilla and a pinch of cinnamon) and blend. You can top with a drizzle of caramel sauce if gilding the lily is your thing.