8 Dishes to Make with Thanksgiving Leftovers (That Aren’t Sandwiches)

Some might argue that the best part of Thanksgiving dinner is yet to come.
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After Thanksgiving dinner, you might think you’ll never want to look at a plate of food again — until you wake up the next morning to that familiar stomach rumble. Put all those turkey day leftovers to optimal use with one of these creative ways to reinvent them throughout the holiday weekend.

This might be the easiest, most-satisfying way to empty all of those containers of leftovers: Pile ‘em on a tray of tortilla chips and top with fixings like french-fried onions, cilantro, olives and pickled jalapenos.

When you’re shopping for pie crust, throw a second package into your cart. The day after Thanksgiving, cut it into smaller rounds to stuff with turkey, stuffing and sweet potatoes for a savory, hand-held snack.

Food Network Kitchen's Turkey Frittata for Leftovers

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A frittata is the great equalizer of all leftovers: Toss nearly any combination of veggies and protein with eggs for a hearty brunch that’s done in minutes.

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

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Don’t forget about this classic recipe. Buttery noodles, sauteed shallots and garlicky mushrooms offer leftover turkey entirely different flavors than the ones you served the day before.

Turkey Vegetable Soup with Stuffing Dumplings

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Tara Donne

Turkey soup is an excellent standby for a day-after-Thanksgiving lunch. Dial up the classic recipe even more by rolling leftover stuffing into dumplings to add to the broth.

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Thanksgiving isn’t the spiciest holiday — but you have to bring the heat on Black Friday. Serve this fire-roasted chili over leftover mashed potatoes to really wow your family with your ingenuity.

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Pasta is typically absent on Thanksgiving, so this saucy, cheesy pan of noodles (and sausage and turkey) won’t feel won’t feel too rich any other day over the holiday weekend.

Eggs in Purgatory; Giada de Laurentiis

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Tara Donne

Impress overnight guests with breakfast inspired by Thanksgiving dinner. Giada De Laurentiis’ recipe will have you taking fried eggs and perching them on a throne of mashed-potato pancakes and sauce.

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