Looking for Thanksgiving Leftover Recipe Ideas? I’ve got you covered with these delicious dishes ranging from simple to fully-transformed! Originally, I thought that this post wouldn’t appeal to many. But, after doing a poll on Instagram (finally), it was a resounding “YES!!” from a large majority of you!
So, I got to work, and made 3 of these just this morning, while the last couple are from years prior. I hope that you love them as much as I do! But, I must say, that the quality of the outcome depends on what your leftovers are like. If you like your leftovers, you’ll probably be just fine! Though, you may need to add a lil’ something here or there, depending on your preferences.
First, I tried out something new (to me), the Stuffing Waffle! In terms of Thanksgiving leftover recipe ideas, this one seems odd to some, but damn, it was GOOD! I topped it with a scoop of mashed potatoes, and a drizzle of gravy; so three leftovers in one dish. Rough recipe below the photo.
Thanksgiving Leftover Recipe: Stuffing Waffle with Gravy
- 1/3 cup hot water
- 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
- 3 cups vegan stuffing
- 1 cup mashed potatoes
- 1/2 cup gravy
Preheat a waffle iron to medium high heat. In a small bowl, whisk hot water and flaxseed together. In a large mixing bowl, stir together stuffing and flaxseed egg, until combined.
Pack the stuffing into a large Belgian waffle maker, or split the stuffing mixture in two for a regular waffle maker. Cook for 8-12 minutes, depending on the size of your waffle maker, and how wet the stuffing is. Waffles will be done when most of the steam has subsided.
You may want to cook the waffle longer, if you like it on the crispier side. Top with a scoop of mashed potatoes and drizzle gravy over the top! Serve while hot.
Next up, simple enough, just toast a slice of sourdough, spread your favorite vegan cream cheese or more savory cheese over it, then spread some cranberry sauce on top and enjoy! The combination of sweet/tart and savory makes this Thanksgiving leftover recipe delicious and easy.
Another new recipe for me, which was pretty ingenious if I say so, myself. Creamy Green Bean Potato Soup! This excellent, warming dish combines two holiday sides: mashed potatoes and green bean casserole. After the pic you’ll find a rough recipe!
Creamy Green Bean Potato Soup
- 1 teaspoon sunflower oil
- 1 shallot minced
- 2 cups mashed potatoes
- 1 1/2 cups green bean casserole
- 1-1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
- 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
- 1/4 cup coconut bacon
- 1/4 cup fried onions
- 1/4 cup cashew cream or vegan sour cream
- 2 tablespoons diced green onions
For the soup: Heat oil in a soup pot over medium heat, once hot sauté shallot for 2 minutes. Add potatoes and green bean casserole to the pot, followed by the vegetable broth and nutritional yeast. Bring it to a boil, then adjust heat to medium-low, simmering uncovered for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Once the soup has thickened and the potatoes are broken up, creating a creamy soup, divide soup between 4 small bowls. Top each with coconut bacon, onions, cashew cream, and green onions, or whatever toppings you're into!
Use leftover cranberry sauce, or make your own citrus-y version, to top these fluffy, Cranberry Orange Pancakes!
Put all that good stuff in between two slices of homemade garlic toast, for a ridiculously good Holiday Leftover Sandwich. Or if you’re running out, follow this recipe for a Loaded Holiday Panini!
Fold some cranberry sauce into this No-Churn Cranberry Cointreau Coconut Ice Cream, for a boozy, delicious dessert!
Leftover gravy? Make these breakfast potatoes and pour it all over. Yum!