What to do with Thanksgiving leftovers

There are two kinds of people at Thanksgiving.  The first group enjoys a big dinner and looks forward to having three days to recover.

The other group grabs a turkey sandwich and runs out the door to early-early-Black-Friday-on-Thursday sales.

What they have in common is an appreciation of the best leftovers of the year. How much do we all love having
wholesome and good food just waiting to be heated up quickly…  for days!

Here’s hoping you have plenty of good leftovers and can take advantage of these recipes to turn leftovers into “Bestovers”.



  • 1 bag ridged/wavy potato chips
  • 1 c. Gouda
  • 1 c. cooked, shredded turkey
  • 1-1/2 c. leftover stuffing
  • 1 can cranberry sauce
  • 1/2 c. turkey gravy


Preheat oven to 375°.

As it heats, spread potato chips on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Top with half of the cheese, turkey, and stuffing. Top with more chips and remaining cheese, turkey and stuffing. Bake until the cheese has melted, 8 to 10 minutes.

Top with dollops of cranberry sauce and garnish with a drizzle of turkey gravy.



  • 1 slice leftover apple pie, plus more for garnish
  • 3 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • whipped cream, for garnish
  • caramel sauce, for garnish


In blender, blend apple pie, ice cream, and milk until smooth. (Add more milk for thinner

Pour into milkshake glass and garnish with whipped cream, caramel sauce, and apple pie crumbles.



  • 1 (8-oz.) tube crescent rolls
  • 1 c. leftover mashed potatoes
  • 1 c. leftover stuffing
  • 1-1/2 c. shredded leftover turkey
  • 1 c. leftover cranberry sauce
  • 1 tbsp. melted butter
  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder          
  • Freshly chopped parsley, for garnish
  • Leftover gravy, warmed, for dipping


Preheat oven to 375°.

Unroll crescent rolls, separating each triangle.

Arrange on baking sheet in a sunburst pattern, with pointy ends of triangles facing outward and bases of triangles overlapping.

Spread mashed potatoes over triangle bases, forming a ring. Top with stuffing, turkey, and cranberry sauce. Fold triangle tips over filling (there will be gaps where ingredients peek out between triangles).

Brush crescent dough with melted butter and sprinkle with garlic powder.

Bake until golden, 15 to 20 minutes.

Garnish with parsley and serve with gravy for dipping.

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