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Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Tater Sliders

Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Tater Sliders

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Got leftovers? Mash them all up for an unexpected twist! And then slide them down your throat.MORE+LESS-


cups leftover mashed potatoes


cups leftover chopped turkey


whole wheat dinner rolls, halved and toasted


pinch coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

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    Begin by gathering your leftovers and other ingredients.

  • 2

    In a large bowl, combine the mashed potatoes, chopped turkey, thyme, oregano, and a pinch of salt and pepper.

  • 3

    Mash until fully combined. Using your hands, form little balls with the mixture.

  • 4

    Heat a 1 tbsp. of extra-virgin olive oil in a large skillet. Carefully arrange the turkey potato balls in the pan and sear on all sides until browned and crispy, about 7 minutes.

  • 5

    Place each ball on a toasted wheat bun and drizzle with the cranberry sauce. Serve sliders immediately.

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  • I think it's pretty obvious that these leftover turkey tater sliders are only the most awesome things ever.Oh hi, delicious leftover garlic mashed potatoes. Nice to see you.And hello, chopped juice turkey. You're lookin' fine.And bonjour, pungent earthy herbs. I like you.Oh what's that, you're all being mashed together and rolled into little balls of Thanksgiving happiness? I can dig.And then being lightly crisped in a sauté pan until you're golden brown with comfort and joy for my mouth? Why, thank you.And then being slid into a sliced warm dinner roll and topped with a bright cranberry sauce drizzle? Let's run away together.No, I'm serious.Get your kids to make these. Tiiiiiiime of their lives. (That way you can concentrate on that Bloody Mary*, I mean, am I right?)

Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Sliders

How did we get here already? Talking about Thanksgiving LEFTOVERS today. Crazy, crazy. I hope that you&rsquove already gathered all your ingredients for the big day tomorrow and have a game plan ready to go! I know leftovers might be the last thing you want to think about but how could you say you don&rsquot want to take a peek at these leftover Thanksgiving turkey sliders?

Also, can we talk about the fact that when I made these sliders, it was my first time ever having Hawaiian rolls? I didn&rsquot understand people&rsquos obsession with them but um, these are madly dangerous. Like, I ate four sliders before I had to stop myself because otherwise I&rsquod have zero rolls left to make this recipe!

These leftover Thanksgiving turkey sliders are EVERYTHING Thanksgiving leftovers are made of&hellipliterally. I could very well be extremely happy with loads of Thanksgiving leftovers if I had these sliders to look forward to every year. And could you imagine the possibilities? If you had sweet potato casserole leftover, it could be used as a spread of some sort. Oh the possibilities of these sliders!! But you must not forget the cheese!

I am pretty sure your guests will love you the next day when you whip out these sliders from the oven. They&rsquoll never see Thanksgiving leftovers in the same light ever again. They&rsquoll actually LIKE the leftovers.

I used to hate Thanksgiving leftovers but I realized it&rsquos how you get creative with the leftovers is how you will view it all. So now, I can officially say, I like them. We won&rsquot have any this year, though, due to the circumstances, but hey &ndash you can easily do this with deli meat and make these sliders any day!

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There is nothing like making a nice big turkey sandwich when you come home from black Friday shopping, or warming up some mashed potatoes and stuffing with a nice pour of gravy. Plus — pie. Mmmm pie.

So I thought maybe you might like to have some uses for those leftovers? I mean, if they last past Friday morning?

I love a good chicken salad, don’t you? Everyone makes it differently. Some use grapes, some water chestnuts, dill, mayo, no mayo — there are so many options. I like mine pretty simple, and it’s easily adaptable for using leftover turkey! Sure, you could serve it up on a piece of bread or toast, but I thought, what about using slider buns?

I don’t know about your house, but here? The only thing more predictable than Turkey on Thanksgiving is football. These Turkey Salad Sliders would make for great football watching eats!

Aside from salt & pepper, the only ingredients I use are turkey, mayo, celery and chopped sweet pickle. (or pickle relish) . Mix it up and you’re good to go!

I got to thinking about what my family considers a traditional Thanksgiving meal. My Mom makes the exact same meal every year, and I wouldn’t have it any other way! When everyone gets there, she always has a huge relish tray, full of all sorts of fresh veggies and her veggie dip that everyone loves. Typically we have a meat and cheese tray, too. Everyone snacks and has a glass of wine while they wait ever so patiently for the main course.

A picture of my plate from last year’s Thanksgiving dinner.

Her turkey always turns out perfect. Roasted golden brown and stuffed with my Grandma’s Sausage & Sage Dressing that is, hands down, my favorite part of the meal. There are mashed potatoes and turkey gravy, (which is my job to make) corn, her cranberry sauce, that I love. It has orange in it, and it’s perfect in every way. Of course, there are rolls, and I always make the pies. I do pumpkin, pecan pie and an apple. Always topped with fresh whipped cream. After dinner we browse the ads, and let our tummies settle into blissfulness.

The leftovers are evenly divided, and home we go.

But what if instead of just eating the leftovers the way they came home, we repurposed them? I have some amazing ideas and recipes for you to use all sorts of things that could be left over from Thanksgiving, or any holiday where you have turkey and the trimmings.

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 2 ribs celery, chopped
  • 4 ounces sliced cremini mushrooms
  • 2 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup turkey or chicken stock
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped, or 1 tsp dried
  • 1 tbsp fresh sage, chopped
  • 2 tablespoon flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 3 cups leftover roast turkey, diced
  • 1 32 oz bag tator tots

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Leftover Turkey Tater Tot Hotdish

Crispy bacon and cheese turn your turkey leftovers into a casserole your whole family will love, Leftover Turkey Tater Tot Hotdish!

Thanksgiving is over and we’ve had our fill of turkey sandwiches. I took the last of my roasted turkey and decided it was perfect for the Minnesota classic: Tater Tot Hotdish. Sautéed with crispy bacon and layered with cheese, this is a perfect way to create a new comfort food classic using up leftover turkey.

One of the most used pans in my kitchen is my Lodge Cast Iron Skillet (affiliate), it’s affordable and a great piece to use to saute the base of your dishes, as well as sear your meat (perfect for all those winter roasts you’ll be making). Since my husband knows how much I love my pan, he bought me this cute blue holder (aff) which makes it super easy to move the pan off the stove or out from the oven.

When I make this hotdish, it’s really important to get that bacon super crispy. Doing this will keep the bacon crispy in the casserole and gives off really great smoky bacon flavor to the turkey. Adding seasoning like garlic salt and rubbed sage, brings out the turkey flavor and makes it a perfect post-Thanksgiving leftover meal. I used frozen peas in my casserole, but you could also use leftover green beans or even layer green bean casserole right in there. The gravy beans will fit right in!

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Leftover turkey is perfect in this new Minnesota classic, Leftover Turkey Tater Tot Hotdish. Looking for other creative ways to use up Thanksgiving Leftovers? Check out my post on 10 Ways to Use Thanksgiving Leftovers. If you have any questions on how long to keep leftovers safely after the holiday, check out my post on Leftovers Food Safety.

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