7 Savvy Recipes Calling for Your Spare Thanksgiving Sauces and Gravies

Cranberry sauce and gravy are quintessential Thanksgiving condiments that will grace many Turkey Day tables. This means you’ll inevitably have lots of saucy leftovers to deal with post-Thanksgiving. Fortunately, there are plenty of recipes that will ensure your spare cranberry sauce and gravy don’t go to waste. From muffins to soup to pot pies, you’ll be thankful you had the holiday leftovers available to make these 7 recipes.

1. Leftover Cranberry Sauce Muffins

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Turn your tart and tangy sauce into marvelous muffins that are hearty, moist, and filled with zesty flavors. Kitchen Treaty’s recipe, which was adapted from Serious Eats, is easy to make, ensuring you don’t spend your entire post-Thanksgiving morning in the kitchen. It yields 12 servings.


  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup plus 3 tablespoons rolled oats (reserve the 3 tablespoons for the tops)
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1½ cups leftover cranberry sauce
  • ½ cup milk
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg

Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 12-cup standard-size muffin tin. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, 1 cup oats, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon. In a medium bowl, whisk together the cranberry sauce, milk, vegetable oil, and egg. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir just until blended.

Divide the batter between the 12 muffin cups, about ¾ to all the way full. Sprinkle with the 3 tablespoons oats. Bake for 20 minutes or until tops spring back when you touch them and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out dry. Let cool for about 5 minutes. Serve.

2. Turkey Soup with Egg Dumplings

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Creamy gravy, turkey bones and meat, and seasonings create Cooks.com’s Turkey Soup with Egg Dumplings. This dish works wonderfully for lunch or dinner and is filled with Thanksgiving’s finest flavors. While your soup is cooking, we suggest making The Kitchn’s No-Knead Bread in a Hurry to serve alongside it.


  • Turkey bones
  • 2 tablespoons minced onions
  • Bay leaf
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup leftover gravy
  • 1-2 cups leftover turkey meat
  • 4-5 stalks celery, chopped

Egg Dumplings:

  • 3 eggs
  • Salt
  • Flour

Directions: Boil the first 5 ingredients for 4 to 5 hours. Strain out the bones. Add the next 3 ingredients; boil 1 more hour. To make the dumplings, beat eggs, add the flour several tablespoons at a time, and add salt with each addition of flour until mixture forms a soft dough. Drop by spoonfuls into boiling soup. Boil at least ½ hour. Serve.

3. Cranberry Sauce Smoothie

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Looking for an easy and invigorating start to your day? To make Cook the Story’s recipe, put your leftover cranberry sauce into an ice cube tray and freeze. Once your cubes are frozen, you can pop them out and make this sensational smoothie. It yields 2 servings.


  • 6 cubes of frozen cranberry sauce
  • 1 apple, cored
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup non-fat milk

Directions: Put all ingredients into a powerful blender or food processor. Blend until smooth.

4. Leftover Turkey Pot Pie

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If you are looking for a rich and creamy dish to enjoy for dinner, this Turkey Pot Pie via Allrecipes.com is perfect for you. It calls for your leftover gravy and turkey, mixed veggies, and spices, creating a savory supper your family will love. It yields 8 servings.


  • ¼ cup butter
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • ½ cup chopped mushrooms
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon dried sage
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1½ cups prepared turkey gravy
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 (14-ounce) package frozen mixed vegetables, thawed and drained
  • 3 cups cooked turkey, cubed
  • Salt and ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 pastry for a 10-inch double pie crust

Directions: Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the onions, mushrooms, and garlic; cook until tender, but not browned, about 5 minutes. Stir in the flour, sage, and thyme until blended. Pour in the gravy, water, and milk, stirring to blend. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; cook 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the turkey and vegetables, and cook until vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes.

Line a 10-inch pie plate with the bottom crust. Pour in the turkey mixture. Cover with the top crust. Seal and crimp the edges. Pierce top crust in a few places with a fork. Cover the edges of the pie with strips of aluminum foil. Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes. Remove foil strips, and bake until crust is golden, about 20 minutes more. Remove from oven, and rest 10 minutes before serving.

5. Cinnamon Cranberry Dessert Tacos

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Healthy Delicious delivers a dessert that turns your extra cranberry sauce into a lovely topping for Cinnamon Cranberry Tacos. The recipe yields 8 servings and only takes 10 minutes to prepare.


  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 package flour tortillas
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 cups cranberry sauce, preferably whole berry
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 pints vanilla ice cream

Directions: Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a small bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon. Brush outside of tortillas with melted better; sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar, covering the tortillas completely. Arrange the tortillas on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes, or until the top edge begins to brown. Let cool completely. In a small saucepan, heat the cranberry sauce over low heat. Stir in the honey, vanilla, and two tablespoons water. Let cool. To serve, scoop two small scoops of ice cream into each tortilla cup. Top with cranberry sauce.

6. Hash and Leftover Gravy

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Food.com delivers a dinner that will use your extra gravy and turkey. Filled with your Turkey Day leftovers, onions, carrots, and potatoes, this satisfying dish will appease any appetite. It yields 2 servings.


  • Large potatoes (diced ½-inch cubes)
  • 2 carrots (diced ½-inch cubes) (optional)
  • 2 medium onions, diced fine
  • 1 tablespoon margarine or 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 cups leftover gravy
  • 2 cups leftover turkey (Feel free to use a different type of meat)

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Melt butter in a cast iron or other oven-proof skillet. Brown potatoes and carrots on medium-high heat for 5 minutes. Add onions and brown for 3 minutes more. Place in the oven for 20 minutes. Stir in meat and gravy and heat through.

7. Cranberry Pancake Syrup

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You only need 2 ingredients to make Mom Advice’s Cranberry Pancake Syrup, which yields 4 servings. For the perfect pairing, serve your syrup with Martha Stewart’s Pumpkin Pancakes. This festive breakfast will please any palate!


  • ⅔ cup cranberry sauce
  • 1 cup maple syrup

Directions: In a saucepan mix together cranberry sauce and maple syrup and heat until warm. Serve on top of your favorite pancakes.