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5 Leftover Thanksgiving Makeover Recipes

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Stop right there!  Remove that plate of turkey and dressing from the microwave!  It’s time to turn those Thanksgiving leftovers into something new and delicious!

These 5 dishes take your Thanksgiving leftovers from bland to fab by making them over and creating something that will delight the palate instead of bore your taste buds!

#1 Sausage Stuffing Balls

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Simply add 1 lb. of pork sausage and 1 whisked egg to leftover stuffing (or dressing) to make this delicious dish that can be served as a meal with Mashed Sweet Potatoes or Twice Baked Rosemary Blue Cheese Potatoes, or invite some friends over this weekend to watch football and serve these as a party app!

#2 Mini Turkey Meatloaves

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Grind up some of that leftover turkey to make these mini meatloaves everyone in the family is sure to love! Most of the ingredients for the dish are probably in your refrigerator from yesterdays meal, sage, celery, carrots, garlic, check, check, check, check!  Now get busy 🙂

#3 Sweet Potato Jalapeño Fritters

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Got a couple extra sweet potatoes lying around? How about an egg, some garlic and a jalapeño?  Well then you have most everything you need to make these delicious sweet potato cakes that are the perfect way to use sweet potatoes in a new and different way!

#4 Spicy Stuffing Cakes

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If sausage isn’t your thing, these vegetarian Spicy Stuffing Cakes are a great way to kick that leftover stuffing up a notch! Simply add a little curry and chili powder then form into cakes! Pair with the Mini Turkey Meatloaves for a kicked-up, bite-sized, leftover Thanksgiving dinner!

#5 Blueberry Banana Bread Pudding

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Leftover dinner rolls are perfect for this breakfast favorite!  Tear up the rolls, throw in some fruit and you’ve got a sweet, delicious treat that’s sure to be more exciting than a re-heated roll!

Now it’s time to re-purpose those leftovers and dig in to something new and delicious!  Enjoy!

Sweet Potato Jalapeño Fritters

These bites of yumminess were another Little Leopard original created for my Memorial Day Weekend BBQ! My Mom loves sweet potatoes and Dad loves jalapeños, so I combined the two into a healthy baked fritter recipe!


  • 2 large sweet potatoes
  • 1/2 red onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 jalapeño (de-seeded and chopped)
  • 2 garlic cloves (crushed)
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro (not pictured – last-minute addition!)
  • 4 oz can green chilies
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup greek yogurt
  • 1 cup corn meal

Start by peeling and grating the sweet potatoes.

We used a salad shooter, but you could also use the large holes on a hand grater.

Once the potatoes are shredded, chop the onions, jalapeños, garlic and cilantro then add to the bowl.

Next, add the green chilies and top with the paprika and cumin, mix well.

Then add the eggs, greek yogurt and cornmeal to combine.  Use your hand to form the mixture into small balls.

Place onto a baking sheet and in the oven at 375° for 30-35 minutes.

Remove from oven and place onto a serving dish.

I served them with the Sweet Jalapeño Sauce from my Mexican Chorizo Meatball recipe.

These were a huge hit at the party and perfect if you are looking for a healthy potato side alternative to french fries!

♣ Vegan Option: Substitute the egg with Ener-g vegan egg replacement and the greek yogurt with Veganaise, Vegan mayonnaise.

♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten-free.