Day After Thanksgiving Recipes

30+ recipes for the day after Thanksgiving at

I’m sure you have your Thanksgiving menu set, but what about the day after or the weekend after for that matter? You need leftover ideas! Ditch the standard turkey noodle soup this year and try something new!

Below are some personal favorites that either call for Thanksgiving leftovers in the ingredients OR you can very easily swap out chicken for turkey and have an easy and tasty new recipe. From pizza, to pasta and lots of slow cooker soup recipes, I have you covered! And in addition to those delicious must make lunch and dinner ideas, I have a bunch of flavorful breakfast recipes for you too! It’s the most important meal of the day, let’s make it count!

Easy and flavorful food to enjoy while you recuperate from Black Friday shopping, hosting Thanksgiving or just while you’re lounging around enjoying the day.

**swap out chicken for leftover turkey in all of the below recipes!

Leftover Thanksgiving turkey pizza <<-- lots of leftovers! Three cheese pan pizza
Chicken enchilada pizza <<-- a personal favorite. Try it, you'll love it! Taco pizza: two ways
Whole wheat buffalo chicken pizza
Bacon basil pesto and chicken pizza
Loaded mashed potato pizza <<-- leftover mashed potatoes! Cajun chicken pizza
Bacon and barbecue chicken pizza
Barbecue chicken pizza with bacon and corn <<-- leftover corn! Pasta and more: Barbecue chicken enchiladas
Spinach ricotta stuffed shells
Spicy sausage lasagna
Pesto chicken lasagna rolls
Parmesan potato bread <<-- leftover mashed potatoes! Southwestern chili taco salad with chipotle ranch dressing

Slow cooker:
Thanksgiving turkey and mashed potato chowder
Turkey and stuffing dumpling soup
Turkey and potato chowder
Chicken tortilla soup <<-- The absolute best. If you haven't tried it yet, you must! Chicken pie soup
Chicken enchilada soup
Pumpkin beer chili
Spicy white chicken chili
Beef and white bean stew <<-- In case you're looking for something other than turkey! Two bean buffalo chicken chili
New England clam chowder
Italian wedding soup
Loaded potato soup <<-- Like your favorite loaded potato but in soup form! Breakfast: Pumpkin streusel muffins
Apple cider donut muffins <<-- You have to try these! Funfetti cake batter pancakes
Overnight apple gingerbread cinnamon rolls <<-- Super easy, moist and FULL of flavor! Biscoff granola
Apple pumpkin gingerbread muffins
Make ahead freezer waffles <<-- Prep it, freeze it and toast it when you want some! Perfect breakfast potatoes

Still hungry?
Check out my Leftovers Pinterest board for even more tasty ideas!

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15 Responses to “Day After Thanksgiving Recipes”

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    Emily @ Life on Food — November 23, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    I am hoping there are leftovers come Friday. Great list!

    • Rachel — November 24th, 2014 @ 4:02 pm

      Thanks Emily! Here’s to hoping :)

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    Julie @ Table for Two — November 24, 2014 at 7:56 am

    Love these ideas! I’m going to have to show MIL and see if she’ll want to make some of these :) I’m leaning towards maybe one of each..haha just kidding – she’d flip out. But that pizza is high on my list!!

    • Rachel — November 24th, 2014 @ 4:03 pm

      Yes, you must!! :) I may have to steal some leftovers from my mom to make some more pizza this weekend ;)

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    Amy+@+A+Healthy+Life+For+Me — November 24, 2014 at 8:18 am

    Nice round up!!

    • Rachel — November 24th, 2014 @ 4:04 pm

      Thanks Amy!

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    Anna@CrunchyCreamySweet — November 24, 2014 at 9:12 am

    Your pizza is definitely one of my favorite ideas for Thanksgiving leftovers! Loving this round up! Pinned!

    • Rachel — November 24th, 2014 @ 4:04 pm

      Thanks Anna!

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    nicole+@+I+am+a+Honey+Bee — November 25, 2014 at 10:20 am

    such a good list! And it reminds me that I have have to make pizza soon. It’s been too long

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    Amanda — November 26, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    This is a great list!

    • Rachel — November 27th, 2014 @ 8:09 am

      Thanks Amanda!

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    Amy (Savory Moments) — November 28, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    These all sound delicious – I love all the different pizzas you have here! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

    • Rachel — November 29th, 2014 @ 10:24 am

      Thanks Amy!

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    Jocelyn@Brucrewlife — December 2, 2014 at 2:27 am

    Such a fantastic list, girl! :) There’s a recipe for everything!

    • Rachel — December 2nd, 2014 @ 7:22 am

      Thanks Jocelyn!

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