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3 Next-Level Recipes for Your Thanksgiving Leftovers


It’s the day after Thanksgiving and your refrigerator is stuffed with leftovers. Eating the same dinner for the next four days may prove monotonous: give your post-holiday meals a twist with any of these next-level recipes for your Thanksgiving leftovers!

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Turkey and Cranberry Quesadillas

These gooey and tart delicacies combine the sweet taste of cranberry sauce with the hearty goodness of turkey, tortilla, and cheese. This recipe is for one dinner serving, but increase as needed to feed your whole family.

  • 3/4 cup of shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1/2 cup of shredded leftover turkey
  • 1/4 cup of cranberry sauce
  • 2 flour tortillas
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • Chopped parsley

Use one tortilla as the base. Sprinkle 1/4 cup of shredded cheese on the tortilla. Next, shred your turkey by pulling it apart with your fingers, and then spread it out atop the bottom layer of cheese. Add a second layer of cheese over the turkey using 1/4 cup of shredded cheese.

Spread the cranberry sauce atop the second layer of cheese using a butter knife. Sprinkle a final layer of cheese over the cranberry sauce using the remaining 1/4 cup. Place the second tortilla on top.

Melt the butter in a skillet on medium heat. As soon as the butter is melted place the quesadilla in the skillet. Allow the quesadilla to fry for a couple of minutes or until golden brown. Flip the quesadilla and fry until both sides are golden brown. Move the quesadilla to a plate, garnish with chopped parsley, and slice into wedges.

Stuffing Muffins

Combine your leftover ingredients from the big meal to make these versatile and scrumptious muffins! This recipe creates one batch of muffins. Some ingredients can be swapped out for what you have leftover in your refrigerator.

  • 3 cups of leftover stuffing or dressing
  • 1 cup of chopped leftover turkey or ham
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1/4 pound of frozen spinach
  • 2 tablespoons of milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • Pepper

Before you begin, thaw the spinach and squeeze to dry. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine the turkey, spinach, and stuffing in a bowl, stirring gently to ensure the components don’t fully blend.

Coat each muffin tin well in non-stick spray and then pour the stuffing mixture into all 12 wells. Do not pack the stuffing in tightly – leave empty space for the eggs and milk. Whisk together the eggs, milk, pepper, and salt in a bowl and then fill each of the tins about halfway with the egg mixture (leave space, as the muffins will expand).

Bake the muffins for about 30 minutes, or until crispy on top and a golden brown color. Allow muffins to cool before serving.

Turkey and Rice Soup

This easy recipe will help heat you up in the cold winter months. The amounts below yield 6 servings.

  • 4 cups of leftover turkey
  • 1 cup of dry rice
  • 12 ounces of chicken broth
  • 2 chopped carrots
  • 1 small chopped onion
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons of ground thyme
  • 1 poblano pepper (if desired)
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Use a stockpot and set it on medium-high heat. Add the carrots, onions, garlic, and vegetable oil. Cook until the onions turn translucent. Add the turkey, broth, and pepper (if you’d like your soup mildly spicy) and bring the broth to a simmer.

Season with salt, pepper, and thyme while the soup is cooking. Add the rice and keep the soup cooking for 10 minutes, or until the rice is fully cooked. Serve immediately.

While enjoying your Thanksgiving leftovers be sure to drink plenty of filtered water to stay hydrated and alert. You can’t nap through the rest of the week!

Happy Thanksgiving from the experts at Pelican Water.

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