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20 Best Leftover Stuffing Recipes for the Holidays

If you're sick of plain plates of Thanksgiving leftovers, listen up! These leftover stuffing recipes will help you build into a brand-new dish.

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Gobbler Cakes

Crab cakes, meet Thanksgiving. This leftover stuffing recipe captures the best of Turkey Day flavors—don’t forget a drizzle of gravy! If you don’t have everything on hand, you can omit both the cranberries and crushed cornflakes without losing any flavor.
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Turkey-Stuffed Acorn Squash

Here’s sneaky way to get in some veggies. Use acorn squash to hold your stuffing and turkey. Most of the required prep is simply ladling your already-cooked leftovers into the squash.

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Stuffin' Muffins

Bite-sized and easy to take on-the-go, these muffins use stuffing and whatever other leftovers you have on hand. No green beans? No problem. Any other veggies will be just as delicious. And if you want a little extra sweetness, we recommend a drizzle of cranberry sauce.

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Baked Egg & Stuffing Cups

This might seem like a gourmet breakfast, but you won’t need anything other than what’s already in your fridge. You can add it some extra turkey for a little more protein, and feel free to dress it up with some of your other favorite herbs.

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Turkey and Cornbread Stuffed Poblanos

Give your leftovers a little extra heat with this recipe, which adds spicy poblano peppers and adobo sauce. Mix it up by substituting different meats, like chicken or beef, for the turkey.

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Stuffing & Sausage Strata

Your new favorite breakfast for dinner. This only requires a few ingredients but makes 12 servings, so you can feed a hungry family or save for meals throughout the week.

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Stuffing Crust Turkey Potpie

Move over, pumpkin pie. This turkey potpie creatively uses stuffing as the crust, and you can be creative with the fillings—use whatever holiday dishes are taking up room in your fridge!

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After-Christmas Empanadas

Put a holiday spin on empanadas—and put your leftover pie pastry to good use. This recipe packages Thanksgiving dinner in a delicious, handheld treat, perfect for appetizers or snacks. (They’re also easy to freeze and reheat.)

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Turkey & Stuffing Eggs Benedict

Who knew that Thanksgiving brunch would trump Thanksgiving dinner? All you need besides leftovers is some easy-to-prepare Hollandaise sauce (and cranberry sauce, if you want to really capture the flavors of the season).

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Thanksgiving Stuffed Shells

Make pasta night feel festive with this leftover stuffing recipe. Don’t hesitate to add your preferred Thanksgiving dishes to the shells—like mashed potatoes instead of sweet potatoes, for instance—and enjoy this dish that comes together in less than half an hour.

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Skillet BBQ Beef Potpie

The ideal duo: comfort food and easy prep. Salsa and BBQ sauce zest up leftovers with some different flavors, and you’ll have plenty of new leftovers on hand to ensure dinner is premade all week.

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Stuffing-Stuffed Pork Chops

Pork chops don’t often appear on Thanksgiving menus, but this savory recipe proves that they’re perfect accompaniments to leftover stuffing. They’re tender and sophisticated, and go well with homemade gravy, if you have some in your fridge, too.

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Crispy Mashed Potato & Stuffing Patties

Great for cravings from breakfast to late night snacks, these patties are as easy to make as they are delicious. Pair with green beans and sweet potatoes, or with some scrambled eggs in the morning.

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Soupy Chicken Noodle Supper

Chicken soup is the quintessential cold weather meal. We love it more when it uses up leftovers! You can swap in leftover turkey for the chicken. For an extra savory flavor, use chicken broth instead of bouillon.

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Stuffing & Turkey Casserole

The perfect simple dish after busy holiday prep. It comes together within minutes, with most of the time devoted to cooking. The pecans add a nice crunch, and we recommend adding gravy for extra moisture.

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Holiday Burgers

We’re big fans of burger night. Or burger morning, if you want to get a savory start to the day with a fried egg on top. Pro tip: with these flavors, definitely add the mayo.

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Gobble-Up Strata

Dress up your leftovers with only a handful of tasty additions. You can add other leftovers you have available, especially veggies, and add some mashed potatoes if you’re running a little low on extra stuffing.

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Turkey and Dressing Bake

Few things are more appealing after cooking for the holidays than a delicious recipe that only requires four ingredients. This turkey bake simplifies dinners and makes sure nothing goes to waste.

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Crispy Mashed Potato Cakes

The perfect way to use up mashed potatoes, these cakes are savory, delicious and you can get creative with any additions. To make it a more filling meal, add meat (including bacon) or cheese.

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Stuffing Dumpling Soup

This soup is a little spicier than other Thanksgiving recipes thanks to the Creole seasoning (you can omit or use paprika). It is also a hit with chicken, if you’re looking to vary up your meats.

Kim Bussing
Kim Bussing is a writer and editor living in Los Angeles. She has written for publications including Reader’s Digest, Modern Farmer, Clean Plates and Vice, among others, and she is working on her first novel. She is always on the hunt for the perfect gluten-free cinnamon roll.