Mr. Clean Can’s Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes

After the big holiday meal, what do you do with all those Thanksgiving leftovers? Some of us can eat plate after plate of the same thing, but for many – leftovers can taste bland pretty quickly. 

That’s why you’ve got to come up with ways to reinvent new meals from your remaining dishes. Besides the common cranberry turkey sandwiches, there are lots of other dishes you can make. Before you even think of throwing anything out, here’s a list of delicious recipes to make fresh meals from your Thanksgiving leftovers.

Thanks Benedict for Breakfast

Take one of the best breakfast dishes and make a Thanksgiving leftovers version of it. Using mashed potatoes, form them into balls and flatten them while you fry them in a pan. Basically, you’re going to make pancakes out of them. 

Then, top the potato pancakes with poached eggs and finish them off with turkey gravy and a sprinkle of parsley. This version of eggs benedict is sure to be a breakfast hit the next morning!

Check out the video below for a step by step guide on this Thanks Benedict breakfast dish!

Thanksgiving Leftovers Shepherd’s Pie 

Shepherd’s pie is a beloved favorite for many families. Now’s the perfect time to make your own Thanksgiving version of it. 

Simply saute some chopped onions, carrots, celery and peas in butter and garlic. Then, mix this in with your leftover green bean casserole and turkey (shredded). 

Place all your ingredients in a baking dish. Then cover the mixture with a layer of mashed potatoes and sprinkle cheddar cheese over the top. Bake the dish at 350 degrees until the top is golden brown. 

Finally, serve it up and enjoy!

Sweet and Savory Waffles

Using your leftover stuffing, put it in a waffle iron (if you don’t have one, flattened cakes in a frying pan works too). Then, scoop some warmed mashed potatoes on top of the waffles, drizzle gravy over them, and put a dollop of cranberry on top. 

The sweetness of the cranberries will balance the savory ingredients. If you’re having this dish for breakfast, throw in some eggs and bacon too.

Ma’s Favorite Mini Pot Pies

Who doesn’t love pot pies? And this one’s called “Ma’s Favorite” simply because it’s so easy to make. Just take your leftover turkey, shred it and mix it with the green bean casserole. 

Then line puff pastry, usually found next to the butter at the grocery store, in a muffin pan and bake at 375 degrees for 6 minutes. Your goal is to pre-cook the pastry slightly on the bottom so it’s not soggy.

Once you’ve finished with that step, fill each muffin with the turkey mixture. Cover each muffin with a layer of puff pastry and bake according to the directions on the label. These mini pot pies are perfect for all ages!

Thanksgiving Leftovers Quiche

The base to baking a quiche is the same no matter what other ingredients you put into it. Place the following ingredients (whisked) into a premade pie crust: 

  • 5 eggs
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 tbs corn starch
  • 1.5 tsp granulated garlic
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper

Then, simply add in the leftovers of your choosing (we prefer turkey and stuffing) and 2 cups of the cheese of your choice before baking in the oven at 350 degrees for 50 minutes. 


We hope you enjoyed Mr. Clean Can’s Thanksgiving leftovers recipes. What’s your favorite way to reinvent new meals from your remaining dishes? Share with us in the comments below!