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6 Creative (and Delicious) Recipes for Thanksgiving Leftovers

Turkey ramen, stuffing waffles, and a bourbon-cranberry sauce cocktail.
When life hands you extra turkey, make turkey ramen. Photograph via Shutterstock.

Everyone loves a turkey-stuffing sandwich the day after Thanksgiving. But if you’re stuck with more than a single round of leftovers—or simply can’t stomach the same meal for lunch—consider these delicious, creative recipes.

Bourbon-cranberry sauce cocktail [Washingtonian]

The least-versatile Thanksgiving leftover can be turned into a tasty bourbon cocktail, courtesy of barman Micah Wilder.

Turkey ramen [Bon Appétit]

Yes, this recipe requires a little more effort than stacking together a sandwich, but the payoff is worth it (especially if you’re suffering from Thanksgiving flavor fatigue). Another plus: The broth can be made in advance.

Stuffing waffles [Serious Eats]

Waffle iron? Check. Leftover stuffing and gravy? Double check. Then you’re ready for this recipe, which requires minimal cooking and breathes new, crispy life into your day-old stuffing. Adding a little shredded turkey on top never hurt.

Thanksgiving leftovers pot pie [Washingtonian]

This recipe from Trademark is a delicious way to utilize a whole spread of turkey, sweet potatoes, green beans, and gravy. Make sure to keep things simple by grabbing frozen puff pastry from the store.

Turkey, Brie, and apple-butter sandwiches [Food Network]

Thanksgiv-ify Tyler Florence‘s tasty sandwich with roast turkey, and sub in cranberry sauce if apple butter isn’t part of your autumnal lineup. The melty concoction is a winner regardless.

Mashed potato cakes [Food52]

These simple pan-fried cakes make a versatile base for poached eggs, smoked fish, or, yes, more turkey.

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Anna Spiegel
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Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.