Southern Plate Recipes For Thanksgiving AND Your Leftover Turkey!


Perfect Pecan Pie (Guaranteed not to be pecan soup!)

With just two days until Thanksgiving, I thought I’d give y’all some last minute ideas by showing you Southern Plate recipes which will definitely be on our Thanksgiving table this year! We have an obscene amount of food but every family goes home with plenty of leftovers so nothing goes to waste! These are just a few of our standards, whose recipes I’ve already covered on Southern Plate.

At the bottom of this post, I have a list of Southern Plate recipes to help you use up that leftover turkey! I’ll be posting again before Thanksgiving but I wanted to get this to y’all in time for your last minute grocery store trips!


Sweet Potato Casserole

Note: Substitute Splenda for the sugar in the sweet potatoes to cut back on this dessert!

Marshmallow Sweet Potatoes

Note: Substitute Splenda for the sugar in the sweet potatoes to cut back on this dessert!

Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole

In my family, its not Thanksgiving without a hash brown casserole!

Squash Casserole

Granny Jordan’s Frozen Cranberry Banana Salads

Crock Pot Chicken And Dressing

Buttermilk Congealed Salad

Note: Use Sugar free gelatin and light cool whip to cut back on this dish!

Pecan Pie Muffins

Holiday Fruit Salad

Note: Use Splenda instead of Sugar in the sauce to cut back on this dish! Also use Light fruit cocktail!

Caramel Corn (To Fight Thanksgiving Munchies!)

Old Fashioned Fruit Cocktail Cake

Apple Dapple Cake

Quick Mix In Pan Pie Crust

(For those Thanksgiving Pies!)

Leftover Turkey, Hooray!

Waste not, want not! Those words hold more truth than ever right after our Thanksgiving feasts. Hopefully, you are fortunate enough to have had a turkey at your house and are blessed with leftovers. What to do with all of that turkey? First off, DON’T THROW IT AWAY!!! The very first thing I do is shred my turkey and place it in zipper sealed bags to freeze. If you have a little broth, put a tablespoon or so in each bag to ensure it stays nice and moist. I usually put about a cup and a half of shredded turkey per bag. That is a good amount for most casseroles and such and if you need more, simply get two bags from your freezer.

To help you use up those leftovers, here are some Southern Plate recipes in which you simple exchange turkey for the chicken and you’re off to the races! Why not use this time to try out some new dishes?!

Chicken Turkey And Dumplings

Chicken Turkey Salad

Chicken Turkey Noodle Soup

Our Family’s Chicken Turkey Stew

Chicken Turkey And Broccoli Casserole

Country Casserole

Cheesy Chicken Turkey and Corn Casserole


Thankful for all of you,



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  1. says

    Great post! I’ve been wondering about leftover turkey recipes. It’s going to be just me and my husband this year, and it will be not only our first holiday season as a married couple but also our first holidays without family of any kind. Even after hunting for the smallest turkey I could, it’s still going to yield a lot of leftovers! He loved your recipe for the chicken soup, so I think I’ll definitely do that one with the leftover turkey!

  2. says

    Happy Thanksgiving Christy I have the sauce cooking for the fruit salad as i type (grins). I am so ecited to take this out of town for the holiday. I really want to wow my Mother in Law. The leftover ideas sound great.

  3. says

    Such a delicious looking list of foods! I think your Thanksgiving dinner will be totally awesome. I know my computer is supposed to be packed away in a box now, since we’re moving really soon, but we ended up not packing it quite yet, and I couldn’t help but log on and check your blog – I always love your posts! Ooh, especially that Apple Dapple Cake – wow, that was some good cake!

  4. says

    Hey Heather! I’m so glad he liked that! Isn’t it amazing how good it turns out with such a simple recipe? Blows me away how much my kids like it, too! Oooh now I need to make some!

    Tina OH YAY!!! You know I love you!!! Thank you so much for trying that, you and I have such similar tastes that I know you’ll love it!!!! I could literally eat it all day every day!! Hope you have a great one!

    Su Thank you so much!! I hope you have a great day that day, too!!!!! ~hugs to Su~

    Stephanie OH my gosh you are moving???????? You need a care package! LOL Bless your heart! Have a good move, I hope it is as stress free as possible!!!

    Debbie You are simply too good to me!! I read your comment before I went to bed last night and slept the entire night grinning from ear to ear!
    I hope you enjoy it half as much as I do!!! You are in for a treat. I do absolutely LOVE it!


  5. Lashawn says

    Thank you for the great recipes can’t wait til thanksgiving ! I’m very thankfull for you and your site here at southern plate your recipes are wonderful! Thank you very much from me n my whole family we’ve all tried your recipes !! Thanks. The kaylors

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