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How to Reheat Thanksgiving Leftovers So They Taste Just As Good As Day One

The best part of hosting Thanksgiving? Leftovers for days! Here's how to reheat Thanksgiving leftovers to optimize taste, texture and temperature.

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Turkey

The trick to keeping turkey moist and tender? Add a dash of liquid—gravy, chicken stock, butter or even water in a pinch. Covering the turkey also keeps it moist.

To reheat turkey in the oven: heat sliced turkey with a dash of gravy in a covered dish at 350ºF for about 30 minutes.

You can also microwave sliced turkey: heat, covered, on low or medium heat.

Here are our favorite Thanksgiving turkey tips.

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Gravy

If you reheat gravy hastily, it can separate. Instead, spoon the gravy into a cool skillet. It’s likely solidified into a jelly overnight; that’s fine, it’ll loosen as it heats up. Put the pan over low heat, and stir frequently until the gravy comes to a simmer. Whisk vigorously as it simmers, which will help emulsify a separated gravy.

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Dinner Rolls

How to heat dinner rolls so they’re still fluffy? Pop ’em in the oven! Arrange rolls on a baking sheet or in a casserole dish and heat in a 350º oven until warm, about 7-10 minutes. Bonus points if you perk up the flavor by brushing the tops of the rolls with melted butter and sprinkling with salt.

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Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are easy to reheat! Scoop the potatoes onto a microwave safe dish, add a dollop of cream and heat on half power for a few minutes. Heating low and slow will distribute heat more evenly than high heat.

You can also heat them on the stovetop: simply stir cream into potatoes and heat over low.

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Green Bean Casserole

To preserve the delightful combination of creamy green beans and crunchy topping, it’s best to reheat green bean casserole in the oven. Heating in the microwave works in a pinch, but you’ll probably lose the crunch.

Cover the casserole dish with foil to prevent the topping from burning. Heat for about 20-30 minutes at 350º.

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Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry sauce is resilient! Pop it into the microwave, but stir midway through to ensure that it’s heating evenly. You can also reheat cranberry sauce on the stovetop over low heat.

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Sweet Potato Casserole

Leftover sweet potatoes are rarely a problem at my house, but if you’re lucky enough to have ’em, pop them into a 300º oven. Cover with foil to prevent the toppings from browning too much. Heat for about 15 minutes, until hot. You may microwave sweet potatoes, but expect the topping to soften or the marshmallows to melt.

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Stuffing

Reheat stuffing to keep it crispy by popping it into the oven. Heat at 350º for 30-40 minutes, until hot. If the edges begin to darken, cover with foil.

If you’re using an air fryer, pop it in for 5 minutes at 320º—and add some butter over the top to keep it moist!

If you prefer a microwave, add a little butter or broth to keep it moist and cover with parchment paper, then heat it for 2-3 minutes, stirring it every minute to make sure it heats evenly.

If reheating on the stovetop, add a tablespoon of your oil of choice to a pan, then heat on medium-high until shimmering. Add the stuffing and flatten it into a pancake, then cook for 3-5 minutes on each side until golden brown.

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Roasted Vegetables

Whether you made Brussels sprouts, cauliflower or beets, roasted vegetables reheat well for an encore side dish. Don’t microwave roasted veggies: it’ll only soften the crispy exterior. Instead, pop in a 450º oven for 5-10 minutes to heat through. Drizzle with olive oil first to add flavor and extra crunch.

Kelsey Rae Dimberg
A former in-house editor at Taste of Home, Kelsey now writes articles and novels from her home in Milwaukee. She's an avid cook, reader, flâneur, and noir fanatic. Her debut novel, Girl in the Rearview Mirror, will be published in June 2019 by William Morrow.