Reinvent the Turkey: Thanksgiving Leftovers

One Skillet Chicken Turkey Pot Pie

You do all that work, spend all that time creating the perfect holiday meal, and there always seems to be enough food for the whole neighborhood. Traditional family dishes mix with new recipes, just like new family members blend right in with the aunts and uncles who have been bringing laughter to the table for decades.

So, when the main course is finally put away, what’s the best way to keep the festivities going? Getting creative with leftovers, of course! These incredible, flavorful recipes will create an unforgettable Thanksgiving encore everyone will love.

Breakfast & Brunch

Turkey may be the star at dinner, but potatoes can take center stage at breakfast. Use them to whip up some delicious Mashed Potato Cakes or a spicy breakfast hash. Don’t forget that breakfast is the most important meal of the day – hand out some Cranberry Sweet Potato Bread to those relatives hitting the road for a long drive home.

Soups & Sandwiches

On a chilly post-Thanksgiving weekend, try out this Turkey Noodle Soup recipe with leftovers from the celebratory feast. If you have more mouths to feed, try pairing the soup with a thick, hearty sandwich made from a surplus of meat from that delicious Baked Ham. Don’t forget to mix a little cranberry sauce into your mayo!

Dinner & Dessert

Leftover recipes aren’t just for the fully cooked dishes; extra ingredients have a use, too. Take a batch of Fruit and Nut Truffles into work on Monday or turn one of those seemingly endless cans of pumpkin into a mouth-watering Holiday Pumpkin Bread Pudding. Of course, we’ll always recommend savory Pumpkin Biscuits!

Want to add some heat to those cold turkey leftovers? Try this One-Skillet Turkey and Roasted Green Chile Pot Pie.

Reinvent your post-Thanksgiving dinners with creative ideas from our Clabber Girl recipes list. We’ve literally got hundreds, but here’s one of our favorites.

Turkey and Mashed Potato Shepherd’s Pie

This cozy dish is a variation of the classic shepherd’s pie and is a simple, easy way to put the two most common Thanksgiving leftovers to good use.


1 pound leftover turkey – sliced
1/2 cup diced onion
1 cup leftover vegetables, such as green beans, corn or succotash
1 tablespoon Clabber Girl Corn Starch
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 1/2 cups turkey broth
1 tablespoon ketchup
1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
salt and pepper to taste
2 cups leftover mashed potatoes
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 pound shredded Cheddar cheese


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a skillet over medium heat, cook the onions until they’re translucent. Add in the vegetables and stir until they’re warmed through. Remove from heat and set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together broth, corn starch, ketchup, worcestershire and spices. Mix in turkey and vegetables. Spread the mashed potatoes on top of turkey filling and sprinkle with grated Cheddar cheese. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until the top is browned.

DIY Mason Jar Baking Mixes


WebWhat could be more adorable than a sweet treat in a jar? Mason jar baking mixes are a fun, budget-friendly way to give the joy of baking as a holiday gift. The best part – it’s so easy to personalize. Get the kids involved for a fun afternoon project they can give their teachers or servicemen and women. Does your boss love chocolate chip cookies? Is your best friend a pumpkin bread fiend? These gifts show off your creativity, and your thoughtfulness. Download our mason jar gift idea graphic and full tag recipes.

Pecan Pancake Mason Jar Mix

With this recipe you’ll be dreaming about these fluffy pancakes long before you even wake up. Layer the dry ingredients in a jar, add a colorful ribbon and a thoughtful tag. Want to dress it up even more? Put wrapping paper on the removable metal disk on the lid to give the jar that extra dash of holiday spice.

Jar Ingredients:
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons Clabber Girl Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Don’t forget to write down additional ingredients and instructions on a creative label or tag:
1 egg
1-1/4 cups milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil

For each pancake, pour 1/4 cup batter on a hot, lightly greased griddle. Cook until tops of pancakes are covered with bubbles and edges appear slightly dry. Turn and continue cooking until bottom sides are browned. Yield: 12 (4-inch) pancakes.

Brownie Drop Cookies

Nothing says “I love you” like the sweet, savory explosion that comes from blending brownies and cookies. That’s right — brownies AND cookies. Just the name of this recipe is a gift in and of itself.

Jar Ingredients:
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup semi sweet chocolate pieces
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon Clabber Girl Baking Powder
One (4-ounce) bar white chocolate, coarsely chopped

Don’t forget to write down additional ingredients and instructions!

This mason jar baking mix makes a great centerpiece to a homemade gift basket – add it to a handmade kitchen towel, a pair of oven mitts and a batch of fresh baked brownie drop cookies.

Cranberry Orange Nut Bread

Cranberry and orange give this quick bread  bright flavor. Decorate it by adding a paper poinsettia to the lid or wrapping a red and black Santa belt around the jar. Add a little green glitter to the lid or tag, and you have the perfect DIY holiday gift.

Jar Ingredients:
2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon Clabber Girl Baking Powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon Rumford Baking Soda
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

Include additional ingredients and instructions with each jar.

Remember, what’s outside is almost as important as what’s inside. You can dress up your mason jar in a number of clever, colorful holiday themes. Let your love of baking be a gift that keeps on giving. Mason jar baking mixes make gifts that are both fun to make and fun to give.


Bake, Freeze, Reheat, Repeat – Fix and Freeze Meals


Beef Casserole with Dumplings With our double-booked days and over packed calendars, it’s amazing we remember to breathe, let alone eat. If the time it takes to prepare the dinner menu is becoming a nightly dilemma, don’t let yourself resort to the drive-thru. There’s hope! Time to try your hand at fix and freeze meals.

Freeze and Bake Entrees

You can freeze a full meal, like this hearty Beef Casserole with Dumplings, the perfect warming dish to savor as you watch those final leaves fall. Any stew, chili, soup or casserole can be prepped on the weekend and popped in the oven later in the week. Ready to get started? Give it a go with this Italian Roasted Butternut Squash Soup. Freeze flat in a plastic bag, defrost when you’re ready to serve and reheat on the stove. One spoonful, and you’ll be sold.

Freeze and Bake Breads

Need a crowd-pleasing finger food for that office holiday party? Want to add a special treat to spaghetti night, but you’re short on time? Try this amazing Cranberry Orange Nut Bread.

Freeze and Bake Desserts

Looking to serve up heaven on a plate in a moment’s notice? It’s time to try out Clabber Girl’s insanely delicious, life-changing dessert in a pinch.

Freeze and Bake Do’s and Don’ts

  • Do: Take a few hours over the weekend to relax while prepping these comforting recipes.Cranberry Orange Nut Bread
  • Don’t: Invite freezer burn! Sure, freezing technically protects food indefinitely, but we often forget to close a bag correctly or seal a container tightly.
  • Do: Label your goods. Whether you use bags or bowls, plastic or aluminum, be sure to mark down the what and the when.
  • Don’t: Forget ingredients. Sure, you can freeze whole casseroles and desserts, but you can also freeze main ingredients like chicken breasts, browned hamburger, spaghetti sauce and much, much more.
  • Do: Thaw safely. In the fridge or in cold water is the safest way to thaw frozen food without losing any taste or texture.
  • Don’t: Freeze hot food. If you cook before you freeze, be sure to let the food cool before you get it ready for storage.

The stress of getting a healthy meal on the table shouldn’t overshadow the joy of sitting down with your family at the end of the day. Maybe you just need a few extra minutes for dinner, or maybe an unexpected potluck popped up. Either way, there are literally hundreds of delicious recipes you can prep, bake and freeze. Check out our Bake & Freeze Pinterest board for more inspiration!

Repurposing Leftover Halloween Candy

Satisfy your sweet tooth and get rid of the candy all at once!

From carving pumpkins to making costumes, Halloween offers many wonderful ways to clock some QT with the kiddos. But now you have giant bowls of candy around the house that the kids beg for every. single. night.

Use up that candy – for their sake, and yours! – with these fun recipes and ideas. And should you choose to keep a secret stash for those moments, we don’t blame you a bit.

Add it to the batter.

Who said baking had strict rules? A simple brownie recipe like this one leaves room for your own additions. Simply exchange the pecans for your favorite chopped candy pieces, and bake as normal. Do the same with these Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies. Caramel, peanut butter, coconut or mint candies make these traditional recipes completely customizable. Bake sale coming up? Your turn to host book club? We know what you’re having.

Make a cookie pizza.

Instead of adding candy to your batter, you can also add it on top of your dessert. Start with the cookie recipe from our fruit pizza, but instead of adding the layer of gelatin glaze, simply cover the cookie in our marshmallow frosting and sprinkle candy over the top. Add some chocolate, candy corn and fruit-flavored candy… it’s your choice! It’s one way to ensure that all of the kids’ favorite candy makes it on the pizza.


Give elegant desserts a little flair. 

Even the most elegant desserts can benefit from a little candy. Make Peanut Butter Pie extra pretty with peanut butter cups split in half and placed cut-side down along the crust. Or give classic shortbread a modern twist with this Butterfinger version from Savory Simple. You’re welcome.

For everyone saying “Who has time for that?” almond bark makes it easy. Get your little ghouls and goblins involved and have them add their favorite Halloween toppings!


6 squares white chocolate
1/2 cup whole toasted almonds

Halloween Toppings: Crushed Oreos, Reese’s Pieces, pretzels, gummy worms, candy corn, mini marshmallows, candy eyeballs, mini pumpkin candy, etc.


Partially melt white chocolate squares in the microwave. Stir in the almonds. Spread on a wax paper-lined baking sheet. Top with Halloween toppings, then chill until firm.

Melt it down.

Why buy ice cream sauce when you have the makings at your fingertips? Crush up about 10 small candy bars of your choice. Keep them the same, or mix them up! Melt them down in a saucepan with ½ cup heavy cream, and stir until thick and creamy.

Share the love.

If your child has a birthday coming up, save the candy to put in goodie bags as party favors. Or, stuff a piñata as a birthday present that any child would be thrilled to receive! You can also send leftover Halloween candy overseas to support our soldiers. Operation Shoebox organizes care packages and are always in need, especially around the holidays. Just avoid sending chocolate!

Think of leftover Halloween candy as an asset – not a hindrance – to your stockpile of baking ingredients. Enjoy experimenting with your favorite candy bars!

Happy treating!