Reinvent the Turkey: Thanksgiving Leftovers

One Skillet Chicken Turkey Pot Pie

You do all that work, spend all that time creating the perfect holiday meal, and there always seems to be enough food for the whole neighborhood. Traditional family dishes mix with new recipes, just like new family members blend right in with the aunts and uncles who have been bringing laughter to the table for decades.

So, when the main course is finally put away, what’s the best way to keep the festivities going? Getting creative with leftovers, of course! These incredible, flavorful recipes will create an unforgettable Thanksgiving encore everyone will love.

Breakfast & Brunch

Turkey may be the star at dinner, but potatoes can take center stage at breakfast. Use them to whip up some delicious Mashed Potato Cakes or a spicy breakfast hash. Don’t forget that breakfast is the most important meal of the day – hand out some Cranberry Sweet Potato Bread to those relatives hitting the road for a long drive home.

Soups & Sandwiches

On a chilly post-Thanksgiving weekend, try out this Turkey Noodle Soup recipe with leftovers from the celebratory feast. If you have more mouths to feed, try pairing the soup with a thick, hearty sandwich made from a surplus of meat from that delicious Baked Ham. Don’t forget to mix a little cranberry sauce into your mayo!

Dinner & Dessert

Leftover recipes aren’t just for the fully cooked dishes; extra ingredients have a use, too. Take a batch of Fruit and Nut Truffles into work on Monday or turn one of those seemingly endless cans of pumpkin into a mouth-watering Holiday Pumpkin Bread Pudding. Of course, we’ll always recommend savory Pumpkin Biscuits!

Want to add some heat to those cold turkey leftovers? Try this One-Skillet Turkey and Roasted Green Chile Pot Pie.

Reinvent your post-Thanksgiving dinners with creative ideas from our Clabber Girl recipes list. We’ve literally got hundreds, but here’s one of our favorites.

Turkey and Mashed Potato Shepherd’s Pie

This cozy dish is a variation of the classic shepherd’s pie and is a simple, easy way to put the two most common Thanksgiving leftovers to good use.


1 pound leftover turkey – sliced
1/2 cup diced onion
1 cup leftover vegetables, such as green beans, corn or succotash
1 tablespoon Clabber Girl Corn Starch
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 1/2 cups turkey broth
1 tablespoon ketchup
1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
salt and pepper to taste
2 cups leftover mashed potatoes
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 pound shredded Cheddar cheese


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a skillet over medium heat, cook the onions until they’re translucent. Add in the vegetables and stir until they’re warmed through. Remove from heat and set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together broth, corn starch, ketchup, worcestershire and spices. Mix in turkey and vegetables. Spread the mashed potatoes on top of turkey filling and sprinkle with grated Cheddar cheese. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until the top is browned.