Guide to Thanksgiving Leftovers

Never Look at a Turkey Sandwich Again

No one looks forward to leftovers, BUT Thanksgiving leftovers may be the exception. Instead of hoarding turkey sandwiches, try these different recipes.

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  • 1 cup Mashed sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup Chopped turkey meat
  • ¼ cup Cranberry relish
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 12 oz. package wonton wrappers
  • 1 egg


  1. Boil water. Mix Parmesan cheese into mashed potatoes.
  2. Place a chunk of potatoes in the center of each wonton wrapper with turkey and cranberry relish.
  3. Whisk egg with 1 tablespoon of water. Brush this mixture around wonton wrapper and fold. (corners to center)
  4. Place the lovely ravioli in the boiling water and cook for 1-3 minutes.
  5. Drain and serve with gravy.

If leftovers are good for one thing, it’s definitely breakfast. Some ham lovers take their leftovers make ham omelets. First, you dice up the ham into small bits and prep your usual toppings, i.e. peppers, cheese, onions, etc and leave them aside. Prep the frying pan with either oil or butter, turn down the burner and then add the eggs- already beaten of course. You should saute your peppers and onions separately and when the eggs begin to solidify, add the latter. You add the cheese last and fold the omelet over so that its ends meet.

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  • 1 and ¼ lbs of stored dough. (or whole grain)
  • 8 ounces of cheese. (no preference)
  • 8 cups of.. leftovers.
  • Egg wash.
  • Preheat
  • Egg wash for the top crust


  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F
  2. Roll out 1 pound of dough into and 1/8 inch thick circle.
  3. Place dough circle in spring form pan.
  4. Start layering the left overs!
  5. Roll out the remaining dough and lay it over the stuffing.
  6. Brush over with egg wash.
  7. Fold edges and make slits at the top for steam to escape.
  8. Bake until top is golden brown. (about an hour)
  9. After removing the torta from oven, let it rest for about 10 minutes before removing it from the spring form pan.

Some Guyanese-American students are familiar with a Thanksgiving leftover mashup called “Cook-up.” They take:

  • brown rice and beans or white rice
  • various meats
  • veggies

To make a tasty stir fry. You take a large frying pan with a little oil and first add the rice. Every minute or so, you add in each leftover to the mix. You have to keep stirring because you don’t want the rice to start burning. If you’re feeling creative you can also throw in some scrambled eggs- pre scrambled of course.

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  • 2 tablespoons of Olive oil
  • Leftover vegetables
  • 6 cups of Chicken Broth
  • 3 cups turkey meat
  • 1 cup kale/greens
  • 3 cups sweet potatoes


  1. Heat sauce pan on medium and add olive oil.
  2. Add leftover vegetables and sauté until tender for about 10 minutes.
  3. Add broth, potatoes, kale/greens and bring to a boil.
  4. Cover and let simmer for about 45 minutes.
  5. Chop turkey meat and add to soup.
  6. Simmer soup for another 5 minutes.
  7. Turn off heat and let steam for around 10 minutes

Leftovers can be adventurous, so no more turkey sandwiches. Enjoy Thanksgiving leftovers!

All images courtesy of

Montclair State | The Holidays

Michelle Almeida

Michelle Almeida is a Communications major at the Department of Television and Digital Media.