25 Leftover Stuffing Recipes to Make After Your Thanksgiving Feast

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.

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.

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1. Stuffing Muffins

Technically, this recipe starts with fresh stuffing, but you can easily use the method to warm up your leftovers instead.

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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.

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3. Cheesy Breakfast Stuffing Cakes

We’ll take a short stack with a side of gravy, please.

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4. One Pot Chicken Stuffing Casserole

Because after a feast, we don’t even want to *think* about doing dishes.

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5. Thanksgiving Turkey Sandwich

You’re going to need a filling lunch to sustain your post-holiday shopping. This massive sandwich is just the thing.

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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.

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7. Turkey And Stuffing Casserole

Casserole is a classic for a reason: You just toss everything in a baking dish and go.

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8. Leftover Turkey Cornbread Casserole

Bonus points if you top this dish with a layer of gooey, bubbly cheddar cheese.

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9. Stuffed Pork Chops

If you’re so over casseroles, you can also go the gourmet route and nestle your leftover stuffing into a few pork chops.

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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.

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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.

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12. Leftover Stuffing Waffles

With cranberry sauce instead of maple syrup and a fried egg for good measure.

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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.

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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.

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15. Thanksgiving Stuffed Acorn Squash

We wish we could eat every meal straight out of a gourd. (If you don’t have acorn squash on hand, any kind will do.)

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16. Easy Stuffing Biscuits

These are practically begging to be turned into turkey sliders.

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17. All-in-one Thanksgiving Casserole

Using up alllll those Thanksgiving leftovers has never been simpler. And yes, it takes an hour to make, but 45 minutes of that is it cooking in the oven, giving you ample time to whip up a cocktail (or binge an episode of Squid Game).

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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).

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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.

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20. Thanksgiving Stuffing Muffins

Don’t stop at stuffing in your muffins! Add dried cherries, chorizo and whatever else is hiding in your fridge.

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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.

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22. Thanksgiving Leftover Pizza

We can all but guarantee your local pizzeria doesn’t have this on the menu.

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23. Mushroom Spinach Turkey Quiche With Stuffing Crust

Homemade pie crust? No way. Store-bought? Nope. Stuffing? That’s more like it.

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24. Thanksgiving Leftovers Croque Madame

This is a treasure trove of textures just waiting to be bit into.

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25. Hearty Stuffed Butternut Squash

Swap the filling in this recipe for your leftover stuffing and you’re on your way to dinnertime.

Katherine Gillen

Senior Food Editor

Katherine Gillen is PureWow’s senior food editor. She’s a writer, recipe developer and food stylist with a degree in culinary arts and professional experience in New York City...
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