Creative Thanksgiving Leftovers

Erik Trinidad, author of the satirical Fancy Fast Food cookbook, swaps out his usual greasy ingredients for Thanksgiving leftovers, creating styled-up recipes using only household staples and the remains of the feast.

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Fancy Thanksgiving Leftovers

Erik Trinidad, author of the satirical Fancy Fast Food cookbook, is known for transforming lifeless fast food into elegant-looking, hilarious dishes. Cooking Channel asked him to take this same approach with drab turkey, a mass of chilled stuffing and other leftovers to give you ideas for post-Thanksgiving recipes that are more interesting than the same old turkey sandwich, and much more fun to look at.

Leftover Latkes

Repurpose your leftover mashed potatoes into latkes (aka potato pancakes). Serve them any time of day including breakfast, when they can double as hash browns.

Get the Recipe: Leftover Latkes

Turkey Corn Chowder

Not sure what to do with all that leftover turkey? The versatile, lean meat makes for an excellent chowder base. Plus, it uses up all of your remaining leftovers, from roasted veggies to stuffing. 

Get the Recipe: Turkey Corn Chowder


Whether you prefer the homemade or canned kind, chances are you'll have some leftover cranberry sauce around for turning into this sweet-tart sorbet.

Get the Recipe: Cran-Sorbet

Turkey and Spinach Roulade

While most roulades are typically assembled with raw meat, this leftover version uses slices of cooked turkey breast to construct a sort of turkey maki roll (or "mocki" roll) with extra spinach and gravy.

Get the Recipe: Turkey and Spinach Roulade

Stuffed Scones

While there's no good way to combine the words "stuffing" and "scones" ("scuffing" and "stones" don't sound too appetizing), this is a handy way to enjoy your leftover turkey and stuffing without pesky utensils.

Get the Recipe: Stuffed Scones

Flan de Calabaza

Flan fans unite: Here's a faux version of your favorite jiggly dessert that's made with leftover pumpkin pie as the creamy custard filling.

Get the Recipe: Flan de Calabaza (Pumpkin)

Sweet Potato Brulee

If you're searching for any excuse to light up a kitchen torch, this is the dessert for you. Mashed sweet potatoes are perfectly complemented by a layer of caramelized sugar on top.

Get the Recipe: Sweet Potato Brulee