Best Dishes to Make Out of Thanksgiving Leftovers

Why, yes, those are deep-fried balls of stuffing.

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

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Tara Donne

It's no secret we look forward to Thanksgiving here at Food Network all year long. (You could say it's a pretty big deal.) But we also believe the fun doesn't need to stop just because the dishes are done and the feast is all packed away in the fridge.

No matter whether you'll be toting home a bunch of containers after the big meal (thanks, Mom!) or you'll be staying with family through the weekend (possibly even better), we know just what you should make with those delicious leftovers. And, no, we don't mean soup and sandwiches.

Look around the kitchen and you're likely to have everything you need to turn that leftover stuffing into crispy fried stuffing bites. And the cranberry pesto is super easy to make: Simply blend a cup of cranberry sauce together with a little pepper and some walnuts. We couldn't think of a better use for leftover cranberry sauce if we tried.

Turkey Bolognese; Giada De Laurentiis

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Tara Donne

Leave it to Giada De Laurentiis to put an irresistible Italian spin on Thanksgiving leftovers. While a meaty Bolognese sauce can sometimes take hours to prepare, Giada's turkey version comes together in only 50 minutes.

Potato Puppies, as seen on Baked In Vermont, Season 2

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Brent Harrewyn

Breathe new life into leftover mashed potatoes by turning them into a light dough you can pipe into mouthwatering fried fritters. We won't blame you for making mashed potatoes in the future just so you can whip up this second-day dish.

Food Network Kitchen's Turkey Frittata for Leftovers

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If you stuff yourself on Thanksgiving and can't possibly stomach breakfast the next day (we regret nothing), don't worry. You can enjoy this egg skillet featuring leftover turkey anytime. Add plenty of vegetables and top with Cheddar, Monterey jack or mozzarella cheese.



Food Network Kitchen’s Mashed Potato Pizza for KIDS/THANKSGIVING/CAMP CUTTHROAT, as seen on Food Network.,Food Network Kitchen’s Mashed Potato Pizza for KIDS/THANKSGIVING/CAMP CUTTHROAT, as seen on Food Network.

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Pizza lovers, rejoice. This twist on a white pie is a must. Spread mashed potatoes over your favorite (prebaked) pizza dough, then sprinkle with shredded Cheddar or mozzarella. Crumbled bacon is optional, though highly recommended.

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Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Made with leftover turkey, this easy-to-assemble lasagna is a welcome change of flavor from your Thanksgiving feast, and it's especially good if you have company left ov ... we mean, staying with you for a few days. This dish will feed eight to 10 people!

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Carlene Thomas, RDN, L.D.

You've had your fair share of turkey sandwiches, but we're guessing you haven't tried cheesy turkey quesadillas. Even better, you can set everything out on the counter and let your family members serve themselves.

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