What to Do With Leftover Stuffing: 14 Easy Recipes
While the words “leftover stuffing” might sound like an oxymoron, it does happen. And thank goodness! Who doesn’t want to pick on savory, herby Thanksgiving stuffing for a few days after the big holiday? The even better news (you know, other than leftovers) is there are as many leftover stuffing recipes as there are favorite methods of making this oh-so-popular Turkey Day side dish. Make sure you pack up your stuffing in an airtight container or re-sealable storage bag (push the extra air out of it before closing) within 2 hours of it coming out of the oven and hitting the table, and place storage containers on the top shelf of your fridge where the temperature is the most constant. Here, it will stay delicious for up to four days. If you’re not sure you’ll be able to use it straight away, pop those containers in the freezer for about a month. Meanwhile, check out one of these great recipes for what to do with leftover stuffing!
Acorn Squash Stuffing
Got Thanksgiving houseguests? This day-after leftover stuffing-centric one-pan dish will not only use up your leftovers to easily (re)feed a crowd (because who wants to be a short-order cook the morning after preparing such an epic meal?), the extra egg and cheese additions make it akin to a velvety, savory bread pudding.
Bacon Wrapped Stuffing Bites
Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole
It may have reached its apex of popularity in the '70s and '80s, but that doesn’t mean chicken cordon bleu is any less delicious. If you’re contemplating what to do with leftover stuffing at Thanksgiving or Christmas, this is a great reason to bring it back.
Leftover Stuffing Casserole
Leftover Turkey Dressing Meatball
Leftover Stuffing Muffins
We love pinch-hitter dishes, and these grab-and-go leftover stuffing muffins are not only versatile (they make a great breakfast, lunch, or side dish option), but they use up extra Thanksgiving turkey and add in some great, healthy greens, too. If you want to slim these down a bit, simply sub out the tablespoon of cream or whole milk for nonfat or a tablespoon of plain nonfat yogurt.
Turkey and Stuffing Dumpling Soup
It’s absolutely worth it to make the homemade turkey stock in this recipe for leftover stuffing dumpling soup—it makes enough for the latter, but you can take the rest of the broth, freeze it, and use it for a future culinary endeavor. If you need to get dinner on the table quickly, a high-quality, pre-made turkey, chicken, or vegetable broth will do just fine.
Poutine is that decadent French fry, cheese curd, gravy topped building of guilty pleasures that even typically apologetic Canadians aren’t sorry for one bit. These days, poutine has traveled south, spreading across the United States like ladled gravy. This version makes clever use of leftovers, including the all-important stuffing—and, we think, makes a great accompaniment for a day-after-Thanksgiving movie marathon on the couch.