One of the greatest joys of Thanksgiving—apart from spending quality time with family and friends, of course—is the inevitable abundance of leftovers. Short of having to succumb to a repeat meal, the practice of repurposing dishes from the night before has become a tradition in itself.
While we’re happy to indulge in the cliche post-Thanksgiving sandwich, complete with all the fixings, an alternative approach to making the most of the dishes (and leftover ingredients!) can be just as appreciated.
Fit for a crowd and featuring the items you already (probably) have in your fridge, read on for the mouthwatering recipes we’ll be whipping up the morning after.
If You Have Sweet Potatoes
Try: Sweet Potato Breakfast Casserole
Leftover sweet potatoes are the undeniable star of this hearty breakfast casserole, featuring Italian-spiced sausage and a generous dose of cheese. Bonus points if you already have baked potatoes on hand.
Get the recipe on Southern Living.
If You Have Turkey, Stuffing, and Mashed Potatoes
Try: Pull-Apart Thanksgiving Leftover Stuffed Bread
What may seem like a standard pull-apart loaf is actually a guise for all your decadent leftovers. Simply stuff the dough balls with whatever you have in the fridge, bake it to a flakey point of perfection, and serve with a side of leftover gravy or cranberry sauce.
Get the recipe on Food52.
If You Have Turkey, Stuffing, and Cranberry Sauce
Try: Thanksgiving-Leftovers Pie
Yet another clever use for all your Thanksgiving mains. In case you didn’t have enough pie the night before, start the day off with this sweet and savory combo.
Get the recipe on Martha Stewart.
Try: Thanksgiving Leftovers Waffles
If you’re not repurposing your leftovers for waffles the next morning, you’re doing something wrong. This one feature an ingenious combination of all the staples—stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, gravy, and stock—to form a truly indulgent rendition of a breakfast classic.
Get the recipe on Two Red Bowls.
If You Have Turkey and Cranberry
Try: Green Chile Butternut Squash and Turkey Enchiladas
Garnished with crispy sage and layered with a decadent cheese blend, these chili-spiced enchiladas come with an abundant array of seasonal flavors. Serve with a side of cranberry salsa for a sweet yet tart addition.
Get the recipe on Half Baked Harvest.
If You Have Herbs and Cranberry Sauce
Try: Herb and Cheese Popovers
Whip up your very own blend of Italian seasoning utilizing the herbs you probably already have on hand: rosemary, thyme, and oregano, to name a few. These quick and easy popovers are best when paired with a side of leftover cranberry sauce and fresh butter.
Get the recipe on What’s Gaby Cooking.
If You Have Apples and Carrots
Try: Big Batch Morning Glory Baked Oatmeal
An expected breakfast staple gets a seasonal upgrade courtesy of a medley of fruit and veggies. The best part? You don’t have to worry about manning the stove—simply combine all the ingredients into one deep dish and allow the oven to do the heavy lifting.
Get the recipe on Real Simple.
If You Have Cranberry Sauce
Try: Croque-Madame with Cranberry-Mustard Relish
Leftover cranberry sauce, combined with a chili-spiced mustard, takes the lead as the spread of choice in this holiday-appropriate rendition of the cheesy, open-faced sandwich.
Get the recipe on Bon Appetit.
Try: Cranberry Sauce Frozen Cosmo
A festive brunch deserves a signature cocktail, and what better way to make use of all the leftover cranberry sauce? This boozy slushy will definitely please.
Get the recipe on Tasting Table.