Everyone knows the Thanksgiving leftovers are just as important as the day-of feast. You probably already have post-holiday plans for the turkey, but what the heck are you going to do with all that stuffing?! We have a few ideas—from Thanksgiving croquettes to stuffing dumplings, these leftover stuffing recipes are bound to make the holidays even more delicious.
25 Leftover Stuffing Recipes to Make After Your Thanksgiving Feast
What can you do with leftover stuffing?
Turkey, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce are easy to repurpose, but stuffing (or dressing, if you prefer) is a bit of an oddball. It’s basically savory bread pudding, and what can you make with that? Plenty of foods, it turns out. For starters, stuffing is especially suited for griddling or frying, since it gets crispy on the outside but retains its moisture. Make stuffing fritters or stuffing cakes, then top them with cranberries, gravy or a fried egg if you’re fancy. You could also craft the stuffing into a leftovers casserole with all that turkey, or simple reheat it with another protein (like chicken thighs).
How long is leftover stuffing good for?
All good things must come to an end, and the life of leftover stuffing is relatively short. Stored in the fridge, you should aim to use up this dish within four days (and that’s true for all your Thanksgiving leftovers). You could also freeze the stuffing for up to a month, but the texture won’t be quite the same once you reheat it, and you can only reheat it once. No worries, though: There’s always next year.
1. Stuffing Muffins
Technically, this recipe starts with fresh stuffing, but you can easily use the method to warm up your leftovers instead.
2. Eggs Baked With Stuffing
Oh, you’re still full from last night’s meal? Not with these savory egg cups on the breakfast menu.
3. Cheesy Breakfast Stuffing Cakes
We’ll take a short stack with a side of gravy, please.
4. One Pot Chicken Stuffing Casserole
Because after a feast, we don’t even want to *think* about doing dishes.
6. Thanksgiving Croquettes
If you didn’t think it was possible to improve on Thanksgiving dinner, think again. These crispy bites are made with stuffing and turkey and taste like an indulgent holiday dream.
7. Turkey And Stuffing Casserole
Casserole is a classic for a reason: You just toss everything in a baking dish and go.
8. Leftover Turkey Cornbread Casserole
Bonus points if you top this dish with a layer of gooey, bubbly cheddar cheese.
10. Crispy Stuffing Cakes With Quail Eggs
They’re so tiny and cute, but if you can’t find quail eggs, just make the stuffing cakes larger and use chicken eggs.
11. Day-after-thanksgiving Breakfast Hash With Cheddar Mashed Potato Pancakes
You’re either team crispy stuffing or team soft, and this one goes out to team crispy.
12. Leftover Stuffing Waffles
With cranberry sauce instead of maple syrup and a fried egg for good measure.
13. Acorn Squash With Sage Apple Stuffing
Whether you make Darn Good Veggies’s sage apple stuffing or your own, this dish proves that leftover stuffing can be oh-so-classy.
14. Turkey Roulade With Cherry And Sausage Stuffing
What’s that? You’re ready for round two? Use your leftovers to stuff a second turkey breast if you just can’t get enough Thanksgiving.
16. Easy Stuffing Biscuits
These are practically begging to be turned into turkey sliders.
18. Pork Sausage And Apple Stuffing In Pancetta Cups
We plan on pairing these guys with a holiday-ready charcuterie board (and then calling it dinner).
19. Instant Pot Turkey Soup With Stuffing Dumplings
Your oven called, and it’s desperate for a break, so fire up the Instant Pot instead. The leftover stuffing dumplings are pretty ingenious.
20. Thanksgiving Stuffing Muffins
Don’t stop at stuffing in your muffins! Add dried cherries, chorizo and whatever else is hiding in your fridge.
21. Loaded Turkey Panini For Thanksgiving Leftovers
If you don’t have a panini press, just use a hot skillet and a spatula to squish this sammie to oblivion.
22. Thanksgiving Leftover Pizza
We can all but guarantee your local pizzeria doesn’t have this on the menu.
23. Mushroom Spinach Turkey Quiche With Stuffing Crust
Homemade pie crust? No way. Store-bought? Nope. Stuffing? That’s more like it.
24. Thanksgiving Leftovers Croque Madame
This is a treasure trove of textures just waiting to be bit into.
25. Hearty Stuffed Butternut Squash
Swap the filling in this recipe for your leftover stuffing and you’re on your way to dinnertime.