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Posted on Fri, Nov 23, 2012 : 5:59 a.m.

What to do with all those Thanksgiving leftovers

By Jessica Webster


Peggy Lampman's double decker leftover turkey club sandwich.

Peggy Lampman | Contributor

Thanksgiving dinner is over. You've given away as many of the leftovers to your departing guests as they will take, but there's still turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and cranberry sauce spilling out of your fridge. What are you going to do with all that food?

We've got answers. Over the years we've published more than a few recipes that will help transform your post-holiday food experiences, with everything from turkey lettuce wraps to a mashed potato quiche crust.

You might also be interested in this essay on Thanksgiving leftovers from French Laundry chef Thomas Keller, and Martha Stewart's roundup of leftover ideas, including a pretty tasting-looking turkey banh mi.


Quiche with a leftover mashed potato crust. A gluten-free recipe that comes in handy after Thanksgiving.

Jessica Webster |

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Leftover mashed potato quiche crust

Asian-style turkey lettuce wraps

Lemon dill sauce brightens up a plain turkey sandwich

Turkey Soup an after-Thanksgiving tradition

Turkey Club Sandwich - this classic double-decker is ideal for Thanksgiving leftovers

Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Sandwich with Honeycup Dressing

Peggy Lampman's Thursday dinnerFeed: (Thanksgiving Leftover) Roasted Turkey & Sweet Potato Enchiladas with Cranberry Salsa

Thanksgiving Recovery Potion: Turkey Quinoa Soup

Mary Bilyeu: Transforming Thanksgiving leftovers

Marge Biancke Arbor Farms Recipe for Turkey Chutney Salad

What's your favorite leftover Thanksgiving idea? Share it in the comments so we can all be inspired this weekend.

Jessica Webster leads the Food & Grocery section for Reach her at You also can follow her on Twitter or subscribe to's email newsletters.


Sarah Rigg

Mon, Nov 26, 2012 : 1:50 p.m.

I tried the quiche with mashed potato crust and while the crust didn't crisp up like I expected (maybe I didn't spread it out evenly enough?) it was a big hit at my house, and my husband says the recipe is a keeper. I did a vegetarian version and swapped in broccoli florets and some Italian-spiced soy burger crumbles for the bacon. I never make quiche because I'm intimidated by making crusts, but the possibility of mashed potato crust may mean I will make them more often!


Fri, Nov 23, 2012 : 4:38 p.m.

Why the need to transform? Prettty simple for me: Heat. Eat. Repeat.


Fri, Nov 23, 2012 : 3:30 p.m.

-omit a crust on a quiche and it becomes a frittata, so less calories and gluten free. -cranberry sauce and peanut butter sandwiches -any other leftovers can be split into containers that will have mini Thanksgiving dinners ready to go -you can also make "pot pies" using leftovers, The lazy way is to buy premade dough sheets and then mix your ingredients (omit cranberry sauce) plop some in and fold into a triangle or half circle shape, pinch sides, wrap and freeze to bake later, serve warm with a side of cranberry sauce.


Fri, Nov 23, 2012 : 1:38 p.m.

Club sandwiches and croque monsieur sandwiches are the order of the day! (and the day after that, etc.)