The Best Thanksgiving Leftovers: Next-Level Ideas for Next-Day Fare

Giada De Laurentiis' Thanks Benedict on Stuffing Cakes with Sage Hollandaise for Leftovers as seen on Giada at Home

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Alice Gao, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

You’ve roasted the turkey, mashed the potatoes, baked the dressing and seen the sun set on another Thanksgiving dinner. Now the real party begins: reinventing all of those turkey-day leftovers.

Soup and sandwiches are tried-and-true picks for a reason — nothing satisfies a savory craving quite like a midnight turkey sandwich, right? — but if you want to turn your spread into next-level next-day fare, look no further than Food Network’s best ideas for Thanksgiving leftovers.

Giada De Laurentiis’ creative take on traditional eggs Benny features golden-brown stuffing patties as the base instead of the usual English muffins. She tops the cakes with crispy pancetta, a runny-yolked poached egg and a drizzle of buttery, sage-laced hollandaise sauce.

It’s not just the bird that will get a second life in this easy, hearty pot pie. All of the ingredient odds and ends you likely have lying around your refrigerator, like several carrots and stalks of celery, plus a bit of stock and that extra pie crust that never made it to dessert, combine to create comforting results.

Turkey Bolognese; Giada De Laurentiis

Photo by: Tara Donne

Tara Donne

In place of traditional ground pork, veal and beef, Giada opts for shredded turkey in her fast-fix tomato sauce.

Second Day Fried Stuffing Bites with Cranberry Sauce Pesto; Sunny Anderson

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Tara Donne

Ready to eat in mere minutes, Sunny Anderson’s top-rated bites are breaded and then fried until golden brown. Don’t let the name of the pesto dipping sauce fool you, though; there’s no basil or garlic here. Sunny simply whirls together prepared cranberry sauce, black pepper and walnuts in a food processor until blended.

Grilled Turkey, Brie, and Apple Butter Sandwich with Arugula; Tyler Florence

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Tara Donne

Not your ordinary turkey sandwich, this one from Tyler Florence boasts bold, full flavors, thanks to the layers of peppery arugula, sweet apple butter and gooey Brie cheese piled between slices of rye bread along with turkey.

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Armando Rafael, Armando Rafael Photography

When you’re through carving the bird on Thanksgiving, be sure to hang on to the carcass; you’ll use that to make the broth for this simple soup, which also makes use of other remnants from turkey day prep, like fresh green beans and a sweet potato.

Food Network Kitchen's Turkey Frittata for Leftovers

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Alice Gao, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

By beating the eggs with cream, you’ll ensure that this cheesy frittata will gently puff up after just a few minutes under the broiler.

Turkey Vegetable Soup with Stuffing Dumplings

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Tara Donne

Leftover stuffing gets mixed with eggs and flour to create fuss-free dumplings, which stud this warming 5-star soup.

Eggs in Purgatory; Giada de Laurentiis

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Tara Donne

Crispy on the outside yet still tender on the inside, Giada’s mashed-potato pancakes add welcome heft to her egg-and-tomato breakfast plate topped with nutty Parmesan cheese.

Tyler Florence's Turkey Tetrazzini for Leftovers as seen on Food Network's Food 911

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Alice Gao, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Tyler brightens up the tried-and-true tetrazzini by infusing the mushrooms in his smooth sauce with refreshing lemon zest. Before baking, he blankets the casserole with breadcrumbs and Parmesan for both flavor and texture, and later finishes the dish with toasted almonds for added crunch just before serving.

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