5 Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes - Empty Out That Fridge!

Tracy Odell
Food & Party

turkey pot pie
Turkey Pot Pie
Are Thanksgiving leftovers staring you down every time you open the refrigerator? Can't stomach another turkey sandwich?

Put the mayonnaise jar down and try one of these easy, creative recipes that offer a second life to your turkey, potatoes, stuffing, and anything else taking up space in your refrigerator.

1. Five-Layer Turkey Dip

This Rachael Ray creation has you layering lots of leftovers - stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, turkey, and cranberry sauce - adding some butter (because the stuffing didn't have enough in the first place) and baking it all together. Trust me, it's delicious.

2. Mashed Potato Soup

Creamy and decadent with cheese and bacon, mashed potato soup is the perfect leftover meal that tastes nothing like leftovers. Serve it with a simple salad, and dinner is done.

3. Turkey Pot Pie

This recipe calls for carrots, onion and potato, but it doesn't matter what types of vegetables you've got lingering around -- throw them all in and create your own unique take on this fondly remembered dish.

4. Turkey Casserole

A hearty, traditional casserole that will use up all that leftover turkey. With just four ingredients, you'll be able to relax and get out of the kitchen for awhile.

5. Turkey Waldorf Salad

If you're like me and thinking it's time to hop back on the diet train, this delicious salad might be just the ticket to get us back on track. No butter in sight with this recipe.

What are you doing with your Thanksgiving leftovers?

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