Thanksgiving Leftover Party: Food and Decorating

While we all love Thanksgiving, and the traditional turkey with all the extras, we often wonder…what are we going to do with all those leftovers? Well…host a Thanksgiving Leftover Party, of course!

Hellmann’s is hosting a Turkey Challenge, just like the Chicken Challenge, they are kicking things up a notch and have transformed your favorite Turkey dishes with Hellmann’s mayonnaise.

Who knew Thanksgiving leftovers could be so good?!?

Over the next week or so, I will be sharing all the recipes, table settings and decorations from our Thanksgiving Leftover Party. The sweet treats and the decorating will be here on Hoosier Homemade and all the other recipes will be on Pocket Change Gourmet.

Here is what you can look forward to…

  1. Deep Fried Stuffing…oh yes I did!!
  2. Apples & Cranberries baked in a Pumpkin
  3. Apple Cake
  4. Turkey Bacon Ranch Sandwiches with Hellmann’s Ranch Spread
  5. Turkey Cupcakes from Cupcake Tuesday and Stenciled Turkey Cupcakes from Cupcake Chronicles Newsletter
  6. Set a  Kiddie Table
  7. Sweet Potato Fries and Marshmallow Dip
  8. Thanksgiving Food Tags
  9. Turkey Cheese Ball
  10. Pilgrim Hat container with flowers
  11. Pumpkin Cheesecake Mini Trifle
  12. Thanksgiving Centerpiece
  13. Turkey Casserole from Bobby Flay with Hellmann’s

Because I couldn’t leave without sharing at least one of these amazing recipes with you, I thought we should start with the star of the party…Turkey Casserole.

You see…like I mentioned earlier, there is a little challenge going on, Bobby Flay created Stuffing Crusted Turkey Cutlets, Hellmann’s created Savory Turkey Loaf and this Turkey Casserole.

Now, although we haven’t tried the Turkey Cutlets or the Loaf yet, if they are anything like the Turkey Casserole, they are sure to be a hit in our home! The kids loved the Turkey Casserole, which kind of surprised me because they really aren’t much for their food all mixed together. Now me on the other hand, I love casseroles of any kind. Especially because they are so easy to prepare, make-ahead and also freeze really well.

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A delicious way to use up leftover turkey.
  • 4 cups leftover prepared stuffing, divided
  • 4 cups coarsely chopped leftover cooked turkey (about 1 lb.) {We used turkey that we cooked on the grill}
  • ¾ cup Hellmann's® or Best Foods® Real Mayonnaise, divided
  • ¼ cup whole berry cranberry sauce
  • 2 cups leftover mashed potatoes
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (about 6 oz.)
  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Spray 8-inch baking dish with no-stick cooking spray. Spoon in 2 cups stuffing, then top with turkey.
  2. Combine ¼ cup Hellmann's® or Best Foods® Real Mayonnaise with cranberry sauce; evenly spread over turkey.
  3. Combine remaining ½ cup Mayonnaise, potatoes and cheese in large bowl, evenly spread on turkey, then top with remaining 2 cups stuffing.
  4. Bake 40 minutes or until heated through. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. If desired, garnish with dried cranberries.

Let’s take a peek at the other Turkey Challenge recipes…

  • Savory Turkey Loaf…mix this up ahead to make a quick meal and at only $.73 cents per serving, it’s a great budget friendly meal too

Each week during the Hellmann’s Turkey Challenge two recipes will challenge the spotlighted turkey recipe for your vote.  Join myself and the other Hellmann’s Real Foodies as we take on the Turkey Challenge!

And remember…stay tuned for all the other yummy recipes, decorating ideas and a fun kiddie table too!


Disclosure: I was provided some of the ingredients to make the chicken. I am on the Hellmann’s Real Foodie Team.  As always, the opinions are all my own.

Linking to…Weekend Wrap up Party, Saturday Night Special, Sundae Scoop, Mouthwatering Mondays, Made by you Monday, Works for me Wednesday, What’s On Your Plate?, Gooseberry Patch, Transformation Thursday, Show & Tell Friday, Saturday Sevens


  1. Kelli says:

    Sweet potato fries with marshmallow dip!!! I think you may be a genius! And oh my deep fried stuffing sounds delicious too!
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  2. Lisa says:

    This is truly such a COOL IDEA! I just love it. I want to try this too. Fun, fun.
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  3. What a fabulous post and series! This idea is genius! We are hosting a Home for the Holidays link party and I know our readers would love your ideas and recips for Thanksgiving leftovers! We would love for you to join us!

  4. Great ideas!! Would you share them here?
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  5. renee says:

    We are so doing this after Friday shopping! Thanks
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  6. Merrsidotes says:

    What a fun idea and a great excuse for a party!
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  7. This makes me exited for leftovers!!!

  8. Kristin says:

    I love having leftover food from Thanksgiving. There are so many fun ways you can reuse everything. All of your food looks delicious.
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  9. Kathia says:

    I love Thanksgiving leftovers and with your creative recipes I will be using them this year to create a yummy lunch.

  10. Thanks for all the great ideas, looking forward to trying one or two! Of course this assumes my teenagers will *leave* some leftovers! :)
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  11. Jaymie says:

    I love the idea of a leftover party, and that has got to be one of the prettiest spread of leftovers that I have ever seen. I also love the idea of marshmallow dip for sweet potato fries.
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