How to Turn Thanksgiving Leftovers into Scones, Chowder, Sorbet and More

In our humble opinion, Thanksgiving is superior to any other day of the year. In an effort to make this year’s feast the best of all time (sorry, Pilgrims and Wampanoag tribe), we’re bringing you the recipes, how-tos and decorating ideas to help you become a Turkey Day pro.

So it’s the day after Thanksgiving and, like many Americans, you have tons of leftovers: leftover stuffing, leftover sides and, of course, plenty of leftover turkey. Turkeys are big birds, after all, and people tend to forego poultry seconds in favor of the many sides and sweets.

Whether you hosted Thanksgiving dinner and have several containers of leftovers in your fridge, or were a guest gifted some turkey and sides by a gracious host, there’s got to be a better way to prepare the remnants of Turkey Day than popping them in the microwave.

Before and After: Turkey Corn Chowder

There are plenty of recipes out there for transforming Thanksgiving leftovers, but many of them call for purchasing even more ingredients. Really? You shouldn’t have to run to the grocery store just to recook your leftovers — especially on Black Friday weekend in all that holiday shopping traffic. (Seriously: Do your bargain holiday shopping on Cyber Monday and steer clear of the roads.)

Instead, I offer you some recipes to transform your leftover sides and turkey scraps into stylish and tasty dishes, no additional ingredients required (aside from some basic things you ought to have in your kitchen, like sugar and milk). And since you won’t have to run out and buy additional ingredients, you’ll have more time to watch your television marathons or binge on both Netflix and fancified leftovers.

Erik Trinidad is a food and travel writer, and author of Fancy Fast Food: Ironic Recipes with No Bun Intended, based off his popular food humor blog.