9 Ways to Elevate Your Thanksgiving Leftovers – Caitlin O’Malley

9 Ways to Elevate Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

9 Ways to Elevate
Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

That first plate of leftovers the next day is generally perfect as is. But if you’ve got multiple plates and days to work through, you might want to reinvent your leftovers a bit to keep it interesting. And if you love kitchen shortcuts and hate food waste as much as we do, please see our ideas for putting that turkey (and much more) to good use.

Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes

Stuffed Turkey Burgers

All the flavors of Thanksgiving—in a burger. Pair with some baked sweet potato or butternut squash “fries.”

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Turkey Pho

A delicately spiced broth finished with lots of fresh herbs works wonders on leftover turkey.

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Mole Sauce

Adapted from OG goop contributor Lee Gross, who transforms leftovers like no one else. This mole sauce has a lot of ingredients, but it will make for incredible turkey tacos.

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Turkey Reuben

The leftover sandwich is delicious, if a tad predictable. An open-faced turkey Reuben? Now we’re talking.

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Cranberry Tartines

Homemade cranberry sauce has a lot of untapped potential for cheese pairings—these tartines are a great start.

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Mashed Potato Dumplings

Don’t worry if these break up a bit as they cook; it will make your broth delightfully thick and creamy.

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Pressure Cooker Turkey Stock

The pressure cooker makes a super concentrated turkey stock quickly and effortlessly. From there you can make soups, risottos, and so much more.

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Bubble and Squeak

Bubble and squeak, a classic English dish designed to use up leftover veggies from a Sunday roast, is an excellent way to use leftover Thanksgiving veggies (and mashed potatoes). The trick is to use a small nonstick pan, then wait for super brown, crispy edges before attempting the flip.

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Stuffing Waffle

Two words: crispy corners.

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The Kitchen Gear That Makes It All Easy

goop Home
5QT Covered Casserole
goop, $150

Your go-to pot for big batches of soup or stock.

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goop Home
10″ and 12″ Frypan Set
goop, $100

The smoothest nonstick comes in especially handy for that bubble and squeak flip.

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Verve Culture
Tortilla Press
goop, $70

Mole night just got more delicious.

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Zwilling
Vacuum Glass
Storage Starter Set

goop, $100

For your leftover leftovers.

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Stasher
Reusable Half-Gallon Storage Bag
goop, $20

Our favorite reusable bag.

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Baroncini Import & Co.
Sicilian Extra Virgin Olive Oil
goop, $60

Both buttery and grassy, this olive oil makes everything better.

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