leftover thanksgiving turkey croquettes recipe

These leftover turkey croquettes will give you a reason to extend your Thanksgiving leftovers.

If you’re anything like me, you’re sick of a meal after eating it 2 days in a row. Because of this, my girlfriend and I are never able to finish all of our Thanksgiving leftovers. We’re sent home with bags and containers upon bags and containers of delicious leftover food, but we’re never able to finish it in the 2-3 day maximum before food spoilage.

After a couple of delicious Thanksgiving sandwiches, you’re probably hard pressed to find a use for this overabundance of delicious turkey and turkey accompaniments. However, your freezer is a great tool for extending these leftovers and absolving yourself of the guilt of wasting food.

Make these turkey croquettes and freeze them for up to 3 months. In that timeframe, you’ll definitely find yourself craving some Thanksgiving goodness.

Pro-tip: While you’re freezing the prepared croquettes for later use, don’t forget about all your leftover gravy and cranberry sauce. Place these in containers as well and stick them in the freezer next to the croquettes. Now, a Thanksgiving-themed comfort food dish is just a hot oven away.


  • 2-2 ½ C panko bread crumbs
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 C mashed potatoes
  • 2 C stuffing
  • 2 C cooked turkey, both dark and white meat
  • Optional: leftover turkey gravy and cranberry sauce


  1. Mix 2 tablespoons of water with the egg and beat into an egg wash mixture. Set aside.
  2. Place breadcrumbs in a dry pan and toast over low heat until lightly browned. Set aside.
  3. Place cooked turkey in a food processor and process until finely minced. Alternatively, you could shred the turkey finely or chop into very small pieces. This is all up to preference.
  4. In a large bowl, combine stuffing, mashed potatoes, and turkey and mix together with your hands until evenly distributed.
  5. Form the turkey mixture into large logs resembling oversized tater tots.
  6. Dip the croquettes into the egg wash and then coat evenly with breadcrumbs.
  7. Place completed croquettes into a large container and place in freezer.
  8. When ready to heat and serve, preheat an oven to 475 degrees Fahrenheit and cook for 15-20 minutes until crispy on the outside and warmed throughout.
  9. Serve with hot gravy and a cool container of cranberry sauce.

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