Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite food holiday! These Thanksgiving Leftovers Potato Skins are a great way to use up all of your leftovers in a fun and unique way when you are sick of the sandwiches and soups.
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For these Thanksgiving Leftovers Potato Skins you will need: stuffing, turkey, cranberry sauce, and gravy leftovers (for dunking). If you are out of any of these, you can make more of that particular ingredient or swap things out for other leftover you have on hand. (Green bean casserole would also work really well here! Find our green bean casserole recipes here!).
Learn how to make potato skin shells here! It is my favorite technique as I found using baked potatoes were just too soft and difficult to work with. Plus my technique above is so much faster! The topping possibilities are endless! Now that I have a recipe for perfect potato skins, it is somewhat dangerous because they are so good! The potato skin shells are great to make in advance and then just refrigerate until you are ready to load them up and bake. You can also now find potato skin shells in the freezer section of your grocery store with the french fries.
After you have your potato skin shells ready to go, layer them up with your leftovers! Place the stuffing in the bottom, followed by turkey and then the cheese. The shell itself replaces the mashed potatoes, but you can always throw some of those in there or some green bean casserole! Use what you have, or make a quick small batch of something simple like stuffing as needed. Bake them until the cheese is just melted. Top with cranberry sauce and some gravy on the side for dunking.
Thanksgiving Leftovers Potato Skins
- 12 potato skin shells (see note for recipe)
- 3/4 cup stuffing
- 1 1/2 cups turkey cooked, chopped
- 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese or cheese of choice, shredded
- 1/2 cup cranberry sauce
- gravy for dipping
- Cook the potato skin shells if they are not done already (link to recipe in notes). I like to make the potato skin shells in advance for ease.
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Place the potato skins on a baking sheet lined with a silicone mat or tin foil.
- Spread approximately 1 Tablespoon of stuffing along the bottom of each shell. Top the stuffing with approximately 1-2 Tablespoons of chopped leftover turkey.
- Sprinkle approximately 1/2-1 Tablespoon of cheese on top of each potato skin. Use more or less of each ingredient as desired or needed based on their size.
- Bake at 350F until the cheese is melted, approximately 10-12 minutes.
- Remove the potato skins from the oven when the cheese is melted. Spoon some cranberry sauce on top of each potato skin. Serve immediately with leftover gravy or additional cranberry sauce.