Thanksgiving Leftovers

If you’re like my husband, he avoids eating leftovers and prefers to eat fresh all of the time. If you’re like me, I don’t mind eating leftovers by either heating it up in the oven, stovetop, or even in the microwave. But then sometimes, like my husband or other picky eaters in your life, that new revelation of a new dish (little do that know that it’s partially made from leftovers) will get them eating the leftovers. Very much like my family, I’m sure many of you will have leftovers from your Thanksgiving feast and here are several great ideas of how to revamp your leftovers.

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Chicken/Turkey Leftovers

Chicken/turkey leftovers can be used for a variety of dishes and are not only stemmed from Thanksgiving leftovers. I’ve used meat leftovers for a variety of asian dishes like fried rice, rice congee, and kaopiak (which is a Laotion chicken noodle soup) – follow for more updates on these recipes in the horizon. On the flip side, it’s fun to try other dishes to broaden my cooking horizons.

December 30, 2018

This pie was literally my first ever attempt in baking a turkey pot pie from leftover turkey from Thanksgiving two years ago. It was pretty tasty despite its dry flour appearance that I, later realized, that you have to brush the top crust with egg wash! It makes sense now as to why the appearance of it didn’t quite look as to how it did in my head.


Anyway, we live and we learn and this year will be another great attempt to perfect a chicken/turkey pot pie recipe. And if you’re woodier if that’s Tabasco Hot Sauce, it sure is! I put hot sauce on everything and it especially tastes really good with pot pies.

Although I don’t recall the recipe I used for the pot pie two years ago, the following recipes look promising. Best part of it all is that you can make several chicken/turkey pot pies and freeze to eat through the following year.

Mac & Cheese Leftovers

Leftover mac and cheese has never been tossed away. We usually eat it up in a matter of over a few days. But with this year’s Thanksgiving leftover in competition with all of the other leftovers is going to be a tough one. I came across a recipe of Mac & Cheese Bites that looks really good. Probably would cool the mac and cheese in the fridge first, roll them into separate ball, freeze individually on baking sheets and then freeze them altogether for future deep fried bites.

I love a good jalapeño mac and cheese and I think that best that I’ve ever tried was at Macs’ Jalapeño Popper dish. So whenever I’m in the area or near Wisconsin Dells or Madison, WI – I always try to stop by and have a bite to eat.

But since I’m not traveling these days, I would love to make a rendition of a jalapeño flavored leftover mac and cheese dish. Most likely our leftover Mac and cheese will lack the spice that I usually would prefer because my kids don’t eat spicy. I’m looking at a cross between jalapeño poppers and jalapeño mac and cheese. The following recipe comes close to what I have in mind but I’m curious about adding jalapeño cream cheese and baked it with wrapped bacon. (sigh) Let me sit on that and I’ll keep you posted – follow or updates.

Stuffing Leftovers

Stuffing by itself is already really good. I’ve never found a need to revamp it to create a new dish but I’m curious as to how stuffing can be reinvented to something else that’s new and interesting like the following recipes.

Ham Leftover

My husband loves having ham for Thanksgiving every single year and it’s usually our own family tradition that we bring to the table (pun intended).


So as I write this, we’ve already gone grocery shopping for our Thanksgiving feast (with minor ingredients left to purchase) and I can tell you that there’s a 9 pound half of a ham of Kirkland Applewood Smoked Spiral Sliced Ham from Costco that’s sitting in our fridge right now. So I know that we’re going to have leftover ham, and we always do, but one thing’s for certain is that we are going to make Crockpot Split Pea Soup with Ham from the leftover ham.

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