4 Ways to Turn Your Thanksgiving Heat n’ Serve Leftovers Into Delicious New Meals

How was your Thanksgiving Heat n’ Serve meal? We hope you enjoyed it as much as we loved preparing it for you. Thanks for letting us be a part of your Thanksgiving celebration. We hope it gave you a little more time to relax and enjoy the day with your loved ones.

Chances are, now you’ve got leftovers, and that’s exciting. Don’t throw them away! Turn them into some tasty new dishes. It’s super easy and we’ll show you how.

Here are four quick recipes that will help you transform those Heat n’ Serve leftovers into delicious new dishes the whole family will enjoy.

Stuffin’ Muffins

Add some holiday warmth to your day with these fun and festive muffins. Great for any brunch or afternoon snack.


3 Tbsp. melted butter
3 ½ cups Cracker Barrel’s Cornbread Dressing, broken into small pieces
1 ½ cups Cracker Barrel’s roasted turkey breast, cubed
9 or 10 oz. pkg. frozen chopped spinach, thawed and very well drained
2 oz. Pepper Jack cheese, shredded (about 1 cup)
7 large eggs
3 Tbsp. whole milk
Salt and Cracked Black Pepper for taste
For serving/optional: Cracker Barrel’s cranberry relish and turkey gravy

How To Make

1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Brush muffin tin with melted butter and pour any leftover butter into each space.

2. In a bowl, gently toss together the cornbread dressing, cubed roasted turkey breast, spinach and cheese, taking care to not break up ingredients too much. Divide mixture evenly among muffin tin, loosely packing it into each muffin cup.

3. In another bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, salt and pepper.

4. Pour egg mixture evenly over filling in muffin cups. Let the mixture sit approximately 5 minutes before baking.

5. Bake muffins for 25–30 minutes. Muffins are done when they appear puffy, light golden brown, and a bit crisp on top. Serve muffins hot with either a dollop of cranberry relish, drizzle of hot turkey gravy or both.

Roasted Turkey Sliders

Savor some of your holiday favorites in a whole new way. These turkey sliders are great for family and friends with big Thanksgiving flavor in every little bite.


3 Tbsp. softened butter
16 Cracker Barrel’s sweet yeast rolls, split
1 cup shredded cheddar or any of your favorite cheeses
1 ½ cups Cracker Barrel’s cornbread dressing
1 ½ cups Cracker Barrel’s Sweet Potato Casserole
16 slices of Cracker Barrel’s roasted turkey breast, cut to fit rolls, about 2″ by 2″ squares, ¼” thick
½ cup Cracker Barrel’s cranberry relish
½ stick butter, melted
1 Tsp. minced garlic
1 Tbsp. minced fresh parsley, divided

How to Make

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Smear softened butter over bottom and sides of baking pan.

2. Place the bottom halves of the sweet yeast rolls in the pan. Layer over each sweet yeast roll a small amount of shredded cheddar, cornbread dressing and sweet potatoes. Next, add slices of roasted turkey breast and cranberry relish, and finish with additional shredded cheese. Add sweet yeast roll tops and press down gently. The sliders will be snug in the pan.

3. Mix the minced garlic and half the fresh parsley with melted butter and brush or drizzle over the tops of the rolls.

4. Bake for 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and the sliders are hot throughout.

5. Serve with additional sprinkling of parsley. These are good hot from the oven or warm. Use a spatula to remove sliders from the pan.

Note: Serve a container of additional cornbread dressing alongside, if desired.

Holiday Harvest Salad

This salad puts a festive new twist on Thanksgiving turkey leftovers. WIth sliced apples, dried fruit, toasted walnuts and delicious buttery cruton crunch, it’s a delicious way to enjoy every last bite of your oven-roasted turkey.


6 handfuls of mixed greens
3 cups Cracker Barrel’s roasted turkey breast, pulled
1 tart Honeycrisp or Granny Smith apple, thinly sliced
½ cup crumbled blue cheese
½ cup toasted walnut pieces
Your favorite salad dressing, such as balsamic vinaigrette

6 Cracker Barrel’s sweet yeast rolls, cubed
3 Tbsp. melted butter
1 Tbsp. dried Italian seasoning

How to Make

1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Toss cubed sweet yeast rolls, melted butter and your favorite seasoning together gently. Bake spread out in a single layer on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper for 5–7 minutes or until golden brown and crunchy. Set aside to cool while you make the salad.

2. Add mixed greens to a large salad bowl. Top with pulled roasted turkey breast, apple slices, blue cheese crumbles, walnut pieces and dried cranberries. Serve immediately or cover loosely and chill until ready to serve.

3. Serve topped with croutons and a light drizzle of dressing.

Note: Serve a container of additional salad dressing alongside, if desired.

Turkey n’ Vegetable Soup

Warm up your holiday season with a homestyle soup made with all the goodness of your roasted turkey breast and country-style sides.


3 cups Cracker Barrel’s roasted turkey breast, pulled
3 ribs celery, 3/8″ bias cut
½ cup onion, ½” rough chop or diced
3 Tbsp. olive oil
3 Tbsp. basil pesto, divided
3 quarts chicken broth
1 14.5 ounce can stewed tomatoes
2 cups Cracker Barrel’s prepared carrots, 3/8″ bias cut
1 cup Cracker Barrel’s prepared corn
1 cup Cracker Barrel’s prepared green beans
1 package of tortellini (refrigerated)
1 baguette, cut into 6 pieces

How to Make

1. Preheat oven to 325°F.

2. Combine celery, onion, olive oil, 1 Tbsp. pesto and chicken broth in an 8-quart saucepot. Cover with lid and sweat ingredients over medium heat until onions are translucent.

3. Remove lid, add stewed tomatoes, and reduce liquid by half.

4. Add roasted turkey breast, carrots, corn and green beans and bring to a simmer.

5. Add tortellini and simmer until done (approximately 7 minutes). Add remaining 2 Tbsp. pesto to desired taste.

6. Place baguette slices into oven. Bake until crispy and hot (approximately 6–8 minutes).

Note: Fresh carrots, green beans and corn can be substituted for Cracker Barrel country sides. If substituting fresh vegetables, add during step 2.

There you go! Four fun and delicious new ways that can turn those leftover Thanksgiving Heat n’ Serve meals into something brand new and delicious. We are thankful for amazing guests like you and hope you had a wonderful holiday celebration.

If you need to take a break from the holiday rush, stop in and see us at your nearby Cracker Barrel or order a hot meal to-go online for pickup or delivery.


24 thoughts on “4 Ways to Turn Your Thanksgiving Heat n’ Serve Leftovers Into Delicious New Meals

  1. Does Cracker Barrel stand behind its offer of a $10 Bonus card if meal is picked up early? Your name is on the line for this. Sounds like I am not the only one waiting.

  2. Also waiting for my $10 Bonus card. The Cracker Barrel name is on the line for this. Hope you don’t disappoint.

  3. I’m waiting on my 10$ card as well they said at store you had to do on line!!!! Where? When I ordered this should of been taken care of then! Debbie Dowlen

  4. We waited in line for 1 1/2 hours to pick up our meal at the Alcoa store. Things were extremely poorly organized. This is the second holiday meal I have purchased this year, and both times there were problems picking up the meals. We enjoy the food, but with the high price of gasoline, having to wait in line for an hour and a half is unreasonable.

  5. There was no line to wait in for me. Drove right up to the back door as directed, nice lady came out and loaded my car. I mentioned the promo code wasn’t being accepted online for the CC cookies and she gave me 10 huge CC cookies. I then mentioned the website wasn’t accepting the promo code for the $10 bonus and she said I can’t do anything about that, but would give me a free $14 pie to make up for it. I got the apple dutch and she put that in my car also. Great service. Happy Thanksgiving all!.

  6. Wow you scored big! Most of us can’t even get a response from anyone about the gift card!!!! Good for you for speaking up.

  7. I didn’t receive my $10 bonus either. I ordered carrots and and got corn instead, even though the container was labeled carrots.

  8. Still waiting to hear something about my bonus card too. What’s the story?
    By the way, our meal was delicious and the Cinnamon Bun Pie was perfection!!!

  9. Still no bonus card. The employee who brought out the meal did not know anything about a gift card for Tuesday pick up. Thanks!

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