What To Do with All Those Thanksgiving Leftovers?

November 19, 2023

Thanksgiving leftovers are a treasure trove of delicious ingredients that can be repurposed into creative and thoughtful take-home packages for loved ones and friends. Here are some ideas for repurposing leftovers and packaging them in a special way:


Turkey Pot Pies:

Transform leftover turkey and vegetables into mini pot pies. Make individual portions with flaky pie crusts or puff pastry. Package them in small, reusable pie tins or containers, and include a simple reheating instruction. Your loved ones can enjoy a comforting, homemade meal.

Thanksgiving Sandwich Kits:

Create Thanksgiving sandwich kits by packaging leftover turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, and gravy in separate containers. Include fresh rolls or bread rolls, and let your guests assemble their own post-Thanksgiving sandwiches. Don’t forget to add a little note with suggested combinations.

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Leftover Soup Jars:

Prepare a hearty turkey and vegetable soup using leftovers like turkey meat, potatoes, carrots, and celery. Portion the soup into glass jars, seal them tightly, and provide reheating instructions. Decorate the jars with a ribbon and a label.

Thanksgiving Casserole Dishes:

Layer your leftover mashed potatoes, stuffing, and turkey into small casserole dishes, sprinkle with cheese, and provide baking instructions. Your friends and family can enjoy a comforting casserole with all the Thanksgiving flavors.

Stuffed Bell Peppers:

Use leftover stuffing as a filling for bell peppers. Bake the stuffed peppers and provide instructions for reheating. Package them individually, and wrap them in parchment paper or foil for a charming presentation.

Mini Pumpkin Pies:

Repurpose leftover pumpkin pie filling by making mini pumpkin pies in muffin tins. Place each mini pie in a small pie box or a decorative pastry box and include a dollop of whipped cream in a separate container.

Gratitude Boxes:

Create gratitude boxes filled with a variety of leftovers, such as turkey, vegetables, and dessert. Include a heartfelt thank-you note or a Thanksgiving greeting card to express your gratitude. Decorate the boxes with colorful ribbons and labels.

Leftover Dip Trio:

Prepare three different leftover-based dips, such as turkey and cranberry dip, mashed potato dip, and stuffing dip. Package them in small jars or containers and provide some dippable options like crackers, breadsticks, or fresh vegetables.

Mason Jar Salads:

Layer leftover Thanksgiving ingredients like roasted vegetables, cranberries, and turkey in mason jars to create festive salads. Include a container of dressing on the side, and attach a decorative gift tag to each jar.

Leftover Dessert Boxes:

Assemble boxes filled with an assortment of leftover desserts, including slices of pie, cookies, and bars. Wrap them in colorful tissue paper and add a ribbon for an attractive presentation.


When creating take-home packages for loved ones and friends, consider using reusable containers, decorative boxes, and personalized labels or notes to add a personal touch. These creative packaging ideas will not only make your Thanksgiving leftovers more appealing but also show your thoughtfulness and gratitude for your guests.


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