Best Thanksgiving Leftovers Ideas for the Boat

Got turkey? Well, we at MarineMax have some suggestions for those Thanksgiving extras! These boat-friendly, Turkey Day leftover recipes are perfect for an early morning or afternoon on the water, or for dinner on the dock. Gobble up a turkey sandwich with a zing or munch on some turkey tacos—whatever the preference, these savory dishes and snacks are fun to prepare and sure to have tastebuds asking for more!  Take a look at our favorite 11 recommendations below:

  • Turkeychinnie Alfredo

    1. Turkeychinnie Alfredo

    It’s not the traditional spelling, because it’s not your traditional dish. Toss the chicken aside and replace with turkey to add to your favorite pasta. Pile on the alfredo sauce and add a leftover veggie. Chopped asparagus is a tasty replacement for broccoli in this unconventional recipe. Make it even more seasonal by adding some pumpkin puree and walnuts to the mix. The choice is yours! It stores well in containers you can pick up at our MarineMax locations!

  • 2. Turkey Sandwich with Pizazz

    Who said a turkey sandwich has to be traditional? Spice it up with some chipotle sauce, or add some zest with some pesto, or add some provolone and onions and turn it into a panini. Turn your sandwich into a toasted cranberry delight, by adding toasted pecans, Brie, cranberry sauce, and arugula—the possibilities are endless!

  • Stuffing Waffles Photo

    3. Stuffing Waffles

    Here’s to morning creativity! Grab your waffle iron and have a little fun with this one! Although we have yet to try them, they sound pretty interesting! Just make them and take them along! There are so many variations that are listed online, just search and pick your favorite!

  • 4. Turkey Tacos

    Who doesn’t love a taco? Swap your traditional form of protein in this Mexican classic for some turkey. Add all your preferred toppings and there you have it!  Want it warm and toasty? Wrap them in foil and heat it on a Kenyon grill. Watch one in action in one of the episodes "From the Helm."

  • Potato Salad Image

    5. Potato Salad

    Potato salad: If you cooked up a few too many potatoes, making this popular side dish to take along might just be the answer! Potato salad is also fantastic when paired with a grilled fresh catch—perhaps with a Goliath Grouper! Learn how to catch one here by experts from Florida Sport Fishing during our "From the Helm Boating Broadcast" episode. 

  • 6. Turkey Salad

    Turkey salad: Skip the tuna and add turkey. This classic recipe with a turkey twist is scrumptious when spread on some Ritz crackers or on toasted baguettes. This is a perfect little appetizer when entertaining on the water! Need a cool place to store your turkey salad? There are many boats MarineMax sells with plenty of cold storage. For instance, check out all the cool spaces the all-new 2022 Boston Whaler 420 Outrage has! 

  • Thanksgiving Cranberry Cake

    7. Cranberry Sauce Cake

    Looking for a sweet treat to bring along on the water? Try a cranberry sauce cake. There are a lot of variations to this one, and it can even be made as muffins. Top it off by adding some extra sweetness with a powdered sugar glaze. Here’s a great recipe for the Cranberry Coffee Sauce Coffee Cake.

  • 8. Barbeque Turkey Bites

    Add a little Texas flair to the ole’ turkey grind by marinating leftovers in your favorite BBQ sauce. Chop up some onions and peppers and then mix everything together. Serve it on some Tostitos scoops and top it with shredded cheese—flavorsome and Southwestern!

  • Turkey Egg  and Cheese Thanksgiving Meal

    9. Turkey Egg and Cheese

    Out on the water early? How about a turkey, egg, and cheese on a bagel? This twist on the traditional breakfast sandwich is just as scrumptious, especially with the addition of caramelized onions and leftover hollandaise sauce. Imagine prepping this in a beautiful kitchen while afloat? This dream can definitely be a reality—check out the cooking and food prep space in the 2022 Ocean Alexander 36L and many others like it. Breakfast now, please!

  • 10. Turkey Nuggets

    Like a few others, this recipe may be a little easier made on land, but when taken out to sea, it’s the perfect finger food—especially for the little ones! Just mix up a batch of your preferred batter, coat bite-sized dallops of shredded turkey, heat up some cooking oil in a frying pan, and then drop the nuggets in to simmer until golden brown. Turkey-licious!

  • Thanksgiving croissants

    11. Turkey and Cheddar Croissants

    The buttery goodness of a croissant and the power of turkey are combined in this savory combo. Add some broccoli and make it even better with extra cheddar—now that’s a sandwich!

  • Now that you have the ideas, don’t forget the essentials. Take along napkins, plates, silverware, and of course that leftover apple cider to wash everything down with! Tote everything to your boat and keep it cool with some great coolers from Yeti. We love the fact that some of boats we have come with a cooler already, such as the Boston Whaler 405 Conquest! So put that summer kitchen on board to use regardless of the season, and enjoy those holiday leftovers in a whole new way! 

    Happy Thanksgiving and happy boating to all from your friends at MarineMax!

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