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Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes That Are Easy and Tasty

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Some people just get tired of eating leftover turkey or ham, but, leftovers are just as much a part of Thanksgiving as the dinner itself. After a day full of eating appetizers, a dinner may include ham, turkey, prime rib or any combination of all three, as well as the sides. Typical sides can be stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, gravy, dinner rolls and salads. After all of that food there is surprisingly room for more. Dessert! Pumpkin pie, apple pie, peach cobbler and ice cream are favorites along with hot coffee or apple cider. With all of that food there has to be something new to do with any leftovers over the next day or two, right? Here are a few of the possibilities:

Turkey A La King

  • 3 cups of chopped cooked turkey
  • ¼ cup of butter
  • 4 ounces of mushrooms sliced
  • 1 can of condensed cream of celery soup
  • 1 ½ to 1 ¾ cups of half and half or 2% milk
  • ½ teaspoon of pepper
  • ¼ cup of flour
  • ½ cup frozen or fresh peas
  • ½ cup chopped green or red bell pepper


  1. In a large sauce pan melt butter. Add mushrooms and bell pepper and sauté until soft.
  2. Remove vegetables and add flour and stir into a rue. Over medium heat slowly add the milk stirring vigorously until mixture becomes smooth. Bring to a gentle boil.
  3. Add the cream of celery soup and mix in well.
  4. Add the vegetable mixture, peas, turkey and pepper and simmer over medium/low heat for ten minutes, or until turkey is warmed through.
  5. Serve warm over rice, biscuits or noodles.

Hot Turkey Sandwiches

  • 2 pieces of plain or toasted bread
  • Slices of warmed, cooked turkey
  • Warmed mashed potatoes
  • Warmed gravy
  • Warmed stuffing


  1. On a plate lay down bread, cover both pieces with as much stuffing as wanted
  2. Layer with warmed turkey, then layer with warmed mashed potatoes.
  3. Cover with warmed gravy and enjoy the sandwich open faced.

Loaded Turkey Sandwich

  • 2 pieces of bread
  • Mayonnaise for each piece of bread
  • 3 slices of tomato
  • Slices of cooked turkey, as much as wanted
  • 2 tablespoons of cranberry jelly
  • Dash of pepper
  • Dash of salt


  1. Put mayo on both pieces of bread and dash with pepper. Smear cranberry jelly on both pieces of bread also.
  2. Load up with turkey on one piece of bread and add tomato. Lightly salt tomato and turkey.
  3. Add second piece of bread and enjoy.

Ham and Potato Breakfast Casserole

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup chopped yellow or white onion
  • 3 cups chopped ham
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cup milk
  • Salt to taste
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 4 cups mashed potatoes
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup chopped green onions
  • 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a medium sauce pan melt butter; add onions and sauté until soft.
  3. In a small bowl mix cream of chicken and milk
  4. Mix ham in with the cream of chicken mixture, add some salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Mix mashed potatoes and cheese in a large bowl.
  6. Add ham mixture. Salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Evenly spread everything into a casserole dish and bake covered for 30 minutes and uncovered for ten minutes. Let sit for five minutes before serving.

Mashed Potato Pancakes

  • 2 eggs
  • 4 cups mashed potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Salt to taste


  1. Combine eggs and mashed potatoes. Add salt to taste.
  2. In a skillet melt butter until hot. Do not burn the butter.
  3. Roll tablespoon sized potato mixture and flatten like a pancake. Drop in pan and cook each side about two minutes.
  4. Let cool on paper towels. Serve warm.

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