Thanksgiving Pastries

April 12, 2023

After Thanksgiving, the leftover turkey may start to feel stale. Try our recipe for Thanksgiving pastries to switch things up and use up your holiday leftovers.

The day before Thanksgiving, the most gluttonous holiday of the year, we sneak in with another recipe using Thanksgiving leftovers. This dish will help you use up the rest of your Thanksgiving leftovers, while our previous recipes (such as this Turkey Congee and this Turkey Ramen) focused on methods to make the most of a good turkey carcass.

It’s common for people to have leftovers of various kinds following a Thanksgiving meal. Maybe you have a bowl of leftover mashed potatoes, some gravy that has started to set, and a tupperware full of cranberry sauce that makes you question your decision to buy a two-pound package.

With this recipe, you can transform those scraps into something useful. Almost everything in these Thanksgiving treats—including the gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and turkey—are things you’re likely to have leftover from the holiday meal.

The only extras are the puff pastry sheets, the cheese, and an egg wash. These pastries require minimal effort and time to prepare and bake (just 15 minutes). Just right for a Thanksgiving morning meal or a light lunch with a side salad on Black Friday. Let me tell you, the flavor of these Thanksgiving treats no joke. There was resounding applause from everyone present.


  • 2 sheets of puff pastry (thawed)
  • 1/2 cup of gravy
  • ½ cup of mashed potatoes
  • 1/2 cup of stuffing
  • 1/4 cup of cranberry sauce
  • 1 cup of diced turkey
  • 1 cup of shredded cheese (cheddar, gruyere, manchego, etc.)
  • 1 egg (beaten with 1 tablespoon water)


  1. Set oven temperature to 425 degrees F. Gently spread out each puff pastry sheet with a rolling pin to flatten the seams on a clean, lightly floured surface. Divide each sheet into four even squares, giving you sixteen squares.
  2. Place a tablespoon of gravy, a spoonful of mashed potatoes, a tablespoon of stuffing, a dab of cranberry sauce, some chopped turkey, and a sprinkle of cheese in the center of each square. Gently brush the corners with egg wash and fold them over to create a seal. Place in the oven and cook for 15 minutes or until the topping is browned.
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