Already Bored with the Usual Leftovers?

Thanksgiving dinner is always a favorite feast, but after it's over, you're often stuck with a lot of leftovers. You hate to let good food go to waste, but how many turkey sandwiches can one person eat?

We have solutions for you. Here are a few recipes that will help you transform those leftovers into entirely new creations.

1. Turkey noodle casserole

A glass bowl filled with egg noddles, turkey pieces, corn, squash, and broccoli.
credit: Rachel Whetstone


2 cups dry egg noodles

1 cup cooked turkey pieces

1 cup cooked vegetables

1/2 cup turkey gravy

Directions: Boil noodles for 10 minutes, then drain and return to pot. Stir in turkey, vegetables, and gravy, and stir together over low heat until mixture is evenly heated. Serve warm.

2. Stuffing with sausage and baked eggs

Close up of a skillet filled with stuffing, corn, and baked eggs.
credit: Rachel Whetstone


2 cups prepared stuffing

1 cup cooked sausage crumbles

½ cup frozen corn

4 eggs

Directions: Combine stuffing, sausage, and corn. Grease the bottom of a large skillet or baking pan. Spread stuffing mixture evenly across the pan. Crack eggs over stuffing mixture so that stuffing is covered by the egg whites, but the yolks remain intact. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes, or until egg whites are set. Serve warm.

3. Mashed potato and stuffing pancakes

2 potato pancakes topped with sour cream and scallions.
credit: Rachel Whetstone


2 cups leftover mashed potatoes

1 cup prepared stuffing

2 eggs

2 tbsp flour

½ cup sliced scallions

2 tbsp vegetable oil

Sour cream to taste

Directions: In a large bowl, whisk together potatoes, stuffing, eggs, and flour. Gently incorporate the scallion pieces in to the mixture. Heat oil in a skillet, and then pour the potato mixture into 4-5 inch pancakes. Cook each side of the pancakes until lightly brown and crispy, about 5 minutes over medium low heat. Makes about 4 pancakes. Top with sour cream to taste, and enjoy warm.

4. Cranberry sauce bread pudding

Red ramekin with cranberry bread pudding.
credit: Rachel Whetstone


1 cup cranberry sauce

1 cup milk

2 eggs

1 cup sugar

3 slices bread or rolls, cubed

Directions: Whisk together eggs, milk, sugar, and cranberry sauce. Lumps of cranberry sauce are ok. Slowly add the bread cubes to the mixture, stirring until bread is well coated. Place mixture into a small baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Serve warm or chilled.

5. Sweet potato casserole oatmeal bars

White bowl with 2 sweet potato oatmeal bars.
credit: Rachel Whetstone


2 cups Sweet potato casserole (marshmallows included!)

2 eggs

2 cups dry oatmeal

1 cup sugar

1 tbsp cinnamon

Directions: Mash sweet potatoes with a fork. Stir together sweet potato casserole, eggs, sugar, and cinnamon until well mixed. Slowly fold in oatmeal to the mixture. Spread mixture evenly into a large greased baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Slice into bars, and serve warm or cool.