Thanksgiving dinner (copy)

Leftover pumpkin pie can be used to make Pumpkin Pie Parfaits.

Jonathan Miano, The Times

In the long weekend following the Thanksgiving feast, there’s likely a big day of Black Friday shopping or maybe just a lazy day of movie-watching and family time. Whatever your plans, cooking another big meal is probably not one of them.

If you’ve got a hefty amount of leftovers, there are some flavorful things you and your kids can make. Here are four simple recipes to whip up with those Turkey Day leftovers:

Mashed Potato Pancakes


Leftover mashed potatoes

milk (optional)

Vegetable oil

Chives and sour cream for garnish

Depending on consistency, a little milk may be needed to thin them slightly. Form a ball with a scoop of leftover mashed potatoes. Heat vegetable oil in a skillet over medium heat.

Place ball in hot skillet and press down with spatula. Cook until golden brown, about 5 minutes per side. Remove and place on paper towel and pat to soak up oil. Garnish with chives and sour cream.

Turkey Rolls

If you are all out of turkey, but have plenty of stuffing and gravy to spare, this is an easy meal to enjoy with leftovers.


Turkey lunchmeat, sliced thick

Leftover stuffing

Leftover gravy

Lay out a slice or turkey breast. Place a scoop of stuffing in the middle of turkey slice and roll. Place in a casserole dish with seam down. Pour gravy over top. Bake for about 30 minutes at 350 degrees or until heated throughout.

Turkey, Cheddar and Cranberry Panini


2 slices Turano Italian Pane

Spicy mustard

Leftover turkey

Cheddar cheese

Leftover cranberry sauce

Apple slices

Spread mustard on one slice of bread. Spread cranberry sauce on the other and top with turkey, apple and cheddar cheese. Place in panini maker and heat until cheese melts.

Pumpkin Pie Parfaits


1 slice leftover pumpkin pie

1 cup of yogurt

1/4 cup of granola

1/4 cup of chocolate chips

caramel topping

Cut pumpkin pie into bite-sized pieces. In a parfait dish, layer yogurt, pumpkin pie, granola, chocolate chips. Repeat. Drizzle caramel topping over top.