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6 Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes to Savor

While many people look forward to the actual Thanksgiving meal, others crave something else: the leftovers! And while there's nothing better than piling turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans stuffing, cranberry sauce and more into a sandwich and getting your...

While many people look forward to the actual Thanksgiving meal, others crave something else: the leftovers! And while there's nothing better than piling turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans stuffing, cranberry sauce and more into a sandwich and getting your gobble on, it's not the only way to enjoy your Thanksgiving meal into Black Friday and beyond. Here are six of our favorite recipes.

Thanksgiving leftovers
Just one way of millions to enjoy Thanksgiving leftovers.

1. After-Thanksgiving Pizza

While pizza may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Thanksgiving, the day after Thanksgiving is Friday. In other words, pizza day! Why not start a new tradition this year with this recipe from Southern Living? The best part? All you need is a can of refrigerated pizza dough crust and you're ready to make pizza part of your post-Thanksgiving plans.

2. Turkey Cobb Salad

Still feeling bloated from overindulging on Thanksgiving? If so, you're hardly alone. Lighten things up with this recipe from Martha Stewart, which uses leftover turkey as the base for a salad that's easy to pull together and yet perfect for pleasing any other lingering houseguests.

3. Roast Turkey Pho

While Thanksgiving may be an American holiday, this Cooking Light recipe incorporates Vietnamese ingredients and flavors like ginger, fish sauce, rice noodles and bean sprouts for a fresh twist on the usual turkey noodle soup. What other recipe lets you load your picked over turkey carcass into a jelly-roll pan with onion, lemon, and garlic to form a savory yet satisfying stock.

4. Crispy Rosemary Potato Cakes

These crispy delicious pan-fried potato cakes from Country Living make the perfect morning-after-Thanksgiving breakfast or savory lunch or dinner side. Hosting guests throughout the weekend? Whip these up for a snack or appetizer. Another of our picks in the mashed potatoes-but-not-really category? David Chang's Mashed Potato Spring Rolls, created just for Food and Wine.

5. Green Bean Quiche

Just toss two cups of leftover green bean casserole into a combination of cheeses, baking mix, milk, butter and eggs; bake for 45 minutes; and voila -- quiche! It may sound like a recipe for disaster, but it's actually a recipe for delicious.

Thanksgiving leftovers
From pie to brûlée in mere minutes.

6. Leftover Pumpkin Pie Brulee

Sure, you could grab a fork, a can of whipped cream, and tuck straight into that pumpkin pie, but an additional five tablespoons of sugar can transform your tired pie from average to adventurous. All you need are some ramekins and a mini-torch to enjoy the caramelized goodness of this recipe from acclaimed chef Michael Chiarello.

While there's no substitute for that near-mythological leftover turkey sandwich, why not introduce some of these new recipes into the mix this year? And don't forget to visit Cilantro The Cooks Shop to browse our collection of cookbooks perfect for helping you find new ways to celebrate the flavors of the season.