Thanksgiving Leftovers Quesadilla (3-Cheese Turkey Cranberry & Sage Quesadilla)

This Thanksgiving Leftovers Quesadilla is the answer to your leftover problem. We all need some turkey leftover ideas to use up the extra food from the big feast, and this Turkey, Cranberry, Sage Quesadilla is the solution. Skip the sandwich and use this Thanksgiving leftover recipe instead!

Thanksgiving Leftovers Quesadilla

Thanksgiving Leftovers Quesadilla

Thanksgiving leftovers are abundant after the big day. This quesadilla is the perfect Thanksgiving leftover recipe to use up all that extra food, AND have something extra fun and tasty!

Thanksgiving is so close I can TASTE it…Probably because I’m a food blogger and I have been testing Thanksgiving recipes since last summer. But still, it’s close! The family, the fun, and (most importantly) the FOOD is all right around the corner. Thanksgiving dinner is great, but some of my favorite eats have always happened the day after with Thanksgiving Leftovers!

We make SO MUCH food for the big feast, and we all end up with soooo many leftovers. They crowd the fridge and call out to you for days, begging to be eaten. I could just eat some re-heated dishes over and over again, but I think we all prefer some creative turkey leftover ideas to use up all that food. Most of us go straight for the classic Thanksgiving sandwich, but I’ve come up with something even more fun and delicious than that!

I call it the Thanksgiving Leftovers Quesadilla! It’s the perfect way to use up all that turkey AND have something really fun to eat that doesn’t make you feel like you’re eating leftovers. It’s made with turkey, cheese, cranberry sauce, and sage. All the flavors of Thanksgiving in a simple quesadilla!

This Turkey, Cranberry, Sage Quesadilla is the best way to use up those Thanksgiving leftovers!

 

Turkey, Cheese, Cranberry, and Sage Quesadilla

Thanksgiving leftover recipes: Turkey Cranberry Quesadilla

Turkey Leftover Ideas

No Thanksgiving meal is complete without the turkey. You have to make it, and it tastes so amazing as the center of the holiday feast, but there’s always so much left after the meal. That leaves most of us wondering what to make with leftover turkey for the next week.

Of course, along with the turkey there are a million other Thanksgiving leftovers. We’ve got the classic cranberry sauce, and plenty of sage and herbs sitting around. These flavors all work together so well. They taste amazing as a holiday meal, so why not combine them into something else? Why not make them into a quesadilla? Just add in some cheese and we are in business! Making the day after Thanksgiving just as delicious as the actual day with this turkey, cranberry, sage quesadilla. It’s the perfect turkey leftover idea!

Turkey leftover ideas: Quesadilla with turkey, cranberry sauce, and sage

Turkey quesadilla cut into slices and stacked

How to Make Thanksgiving Leftovers Quesadilla

I know that after I have all that family in town, slave in the kitchen for hours if not days prior to the big event (well with my kitchen habits, its usually more like hours), and clean up from all the festivities…I’m in no mood to cook again the following day. The next day is prime time for Thanksgiving leftovers! That’s why this recipe is so easy. All you have to do is slap all of those leftovers together, set it on the stove top, and let the melty goodness happen. These flavors were meant to be!

I decided to use leftover turkey, cranberry sauce, sage, and cheese (3 different kinds of course!) to make this tasty quesadilla. I figure these are typical things most people will have the day after Thanksgiving, and they taste so good together! I love the way the cranberry sauce and cheese mix together with the turkey. So yummy!

But the best thing about this Thanksgiving leftover recipe is that it’s versatile. Use whatever you have, mix it all up, and let it melt together. Pick your favorite leftovers and flavors. Have some sweet potatoes? Add them in! Have a bit of that broccoli casserole? It’s the perfect thing to mix in! Have fun with it. You really can’t go wrong. with this quesadilla.

Thanksgiving quesadilla filled with turkey, cheese, and cranberry sauce

Thanksgiving Leftovers Quesadilla

Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes

I know we all wonder what to do with leftover turkey, so coming up with tasty Thanksgiving leftover recipes is so much fun! Leftovers don’t have to be boring. You don’t have to just eat the same holiday meal over and over again for DAYS after the big feast. Change things up and get creative with those leftovers. Turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, casseroles, green beans, cranberry sauce…don’t let it sit and go to waste. You can make a sandwich or a casserole, OR you can make these versatile quesadillas! And try these Fried Mashed Potato Balls to use up those potatoes too.

Get some more Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes right here!

Turkey cranberry quesadilla

This Thanksgiving Leftovers Quesadilla gives me so much to be thankful for. It’s easy, it’s versatile, and it’s absolutely delicious. It’s the perfect Thanksgiving leftover recipe to use up all that turkey.

 See the recipe card below for details on how to make Thanksgiving Leftovers Quesadilla. Enjoy!

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5 from 2 votes
This Thanksgiving Leftovers Quesadilla is the answer to your leftover problem. We all need some turkey leftover ideas to use up the extra food from the big feast, and this Turkey, Cranberry, Sage Quesadilla is the solution. Skip the sandwich and use this Thanksgiving leftover recipe instead!
Thanksgiving Leftovers Quesadilla (3-Cheese Turkey Cranberry & Sage Quesadilla)
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 
This Thanksgiving Leftovers Quesadilla is the answer to your leftover problem. We all need some turkey leftover ideas to use up the extra food from the big feast, and this Turkey, Cranberry, Sage Quesadilla is the solution. Skip the sandwich and use this Thanksgiving leftover recipe instead!
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: leftovers, quesadilla, thanksgiving recipe
Servings: 4
Calories: 753 kcal
Author: Becky Hardin - The Cookie Rookie
Ingredients
  • 4 whole wheat wraps
  • 2 cups turkey breast
  • 1/2 cup cranberry sauce
  • 2 cup shredded cheese I used cheddar, asiago, and pepperjack!
  • 1/4 cup fresh sage chopped
Instructions
  1. Spray a large skillet with olive oil and heat over medium heat
  2. Place the first wrap in the bottom of the skillet and top with 1/4 cup cheese, 1/2 cup turkey, 1/4 cup cranberry sauce, 1/8 cup sage, another 1/4 cup cheese, and the second wrap. Grill for about 5 minutes on each side, or until melty and delicious.
  3. Take off of heat and cut into fourths to serve. Repeat with other ingredients to make second quesadilla.

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Nutrition Facts
Thanksgiving Leftovers Quesadilla (3-Cheese Turkey Cranberry & Sage Quesadilla)
Amount Per Serving (4 g)
Calories 753 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22g 34%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 254mg 85%
Sodium 1451mg 60%
Potassium 1016mg 29%
Total Carbohydrates 38g 13%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 16g
Protein 100g 200%
Vitamin A 11.8%
Vitamin C 1.6%
Calcium 45.2%
Iron 22.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Jeni
I am in love with this recipe! I especially love the addition of the sage! Delish!
Ashley
I just started planning our thanksgiving dinner! Love this - I'm always looking for more leftover ideas! Happy Friday!
    Becky Hardin
    I saw your IG pic yesterday! Looked like some mighty yummy recipe testing going on!
frank
can you post some more pictures of the finished product?
Melissa | Bits of Umami
Saw your quesadilla recipe in a Good Housekeeping round up and it was perfect timing because I was just thinking of things to do with leftover Thanksgiving turkey - since Thanksgiving is right around the corner. This looks amazing!
James
Nice recipe, but the 20 trackers that you try to place on my computer are excessive to say the least. YOU are in control of the content here, if your host can't remove the trackers, find ANOTHER! 20 is ridiculous!
    Becky Hardin
    Hey James, I'm sorry for the trouble. I put ads on my site because I do this as my full-time job. The cookie ads can be disabled by disabling cookies on your browser. Im not sure what you mean by trackers...other than the ads I don't have any type of tracker and I don't receive any of that type of information. The ads are just supplied by google. I do appreciate you stopping by and totally respect your opinion. Hope you have a great weekend.
CJ
I'm confused. In 1st quesadilla you used 1/2 c turkey or only 1/4 of the total 2 C, and the same with the cheese. So did you list more than enough in the recipe or did you get it wrong in the directions?
Mary Pat Frick, aka twissis
I am looking forward to making this recipe as part of my holiday leftover meal planning & sharing it w/my cooking friends, but I have a question. The amount of ingredients listed does not seem to match the directions for assembly. For example, 1/2 cup turkey per quesadilla would use 1 cup total, not 2 .. & 1/2 cup of the shredded cheese combo per tortilla would use 1 cup total, not 2. It appears this question has already been asked, but I do not see an answer Can you clarify pls. Thanks :-)
Mel
Hi Becky! I can’t believe I hadn’t thought of leftovers vet quesadillas! Brilliant! And so versatile. May I use this recipe and an image in a Thanksgiving leftovers recipe roundup? Thank you!
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