Foodie Friday: 5 Ways to Reinvent Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

As we make our foodie preparations for Thanksgiving,  let’s think ahead to some creative ways to repurpose all those leftovers into delicious dishes! Today, we feature several gratitude-inspiring recipes that will have you turkey calling well past Turkey Day.

BBQ Turkey Pizza — Pizza could possibly be the perfect food. Try this tangy, smoky-sweet BBQ version with your leftover turkey, smoked Gouda cheese, and a perfect homemade crust.

Tex-Mex Chilaquiles — If you’re ready for some Southwestern flavors after feasting on traditional American comfort foods, try this easy and tasty layered dish from with plenty of spicy cheese, crispy tortilla chips, sour cream, salsa, and cilantro to complement your extra shredded turkey.

Mario Batali’s Turkey Noodle Soup — Turkey soup is a staple of after-Thanksgiving meals—it’s a dish that uses every part of the bird, even the bones. For a gourmet version, try Chef Mario Batali’s flavorful turkey soup with unexpected ingredients like ginger, garlic, star anise, lime leaves, and dried shiitake mushrooms.

Stuffing and Turkey Breakfast Casserole — Brunch fans rejoice! This delightful breakfast casserole from Serious Eats combines both your leftover turkey and savory stuffing in eggs along with other leftover sides like Brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes. Topping it with a cranberry sauce garnish gives it the perfect Thanksgiving-flavor finish.

Giada de Laurentiis’ Turkey Bolognese — For an Italian take on leftover turkey, try Chef Giada de Laurentiis’ rich and satisfying Turkey Bolognese recipe featured on  Be sure to use the dark meat and fresh grated Parmesan!

And, of course, for something a little weird…

Rethink that extra stuffing with this delicious and inventive creation from Serious Eats: Stuffing Waffles! Who needs syrup when you have leftover gravy?

Happy cooking, and happy Foodie Friday!

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