11/24/2022 | By Breana Killeen

Looking for a leftover turkey dish that will get the whole family excited? Give leftovers new life with these delicious stuffed sweet potatoes. A drizzle of homemade honey-mustard dressing soaks into the hot potatoes, adding tons of flavor.

Baked Sweet Potatoes with Cranberries & Thanksgiving Leftover Turkey

Serves 4

Active Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour


left over thanksgiving turkey sitting on a counter
  • 4 medium sweet potatoes (about 10 ounces each)
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 8 cups packed chopped stemmed kale
  • 1 cup cranberries, thawed if frozen
  • 2 cups shredded or diced cooked thanksgiving leftover turkey
  • 1 tablespoon honey mustard
  • 2 teaspoons minced shallot
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon pepitas, toasted


  1. Position racks in upper and lower thirds of the oven; preheat to 425 F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil.
  2. Prick sweet potatoes in 3 to 4 spots with a fork. Rub with 1 tablespoon oil and place on the prepared baking sheet. Roast on the lower rack until tender, 35 to 45 minutes.
  3. After the first 20 minutes, toss kale with 1 tablespoon oil in a large bowl. Spread in an even layer on another large rimmed baking sheet. Roast the kale on the upper rack, stirring once, for 10 minutes. Push the kale to one side and add cranberries and turkey to the other side of the pan. Continue roasting until the kale is crisp, the cranberries have burst and the turkey is hot, 5 to 8 minutes more.
  4. Whisk the remaining 2 tablespoons oil, honey mustard, shallot, salt and pepper in the bowl. Add the kale, cranberries and turkey and toss to combine.
  5. Holding each sweet potato with a kitchen towel to protect your hands, make a lengthwise cut without cutting all the way through. Pinch the ends to expose the flesh. Serve topped with the turkey mixture and pepitas.

Recipe nutrition per serving: 380 Calories, Total Fat: 17 g, Saturated Fat: 3 g, Cholesterol: 56 mg, Carbohydrates: 32 g, Fiber: 6 g, Total Sugars: 11 g, Protein: 26 g, Sodium: 446 mg, Vitamin A: 25150 IU.

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Breana Killeen

Breana Lai Killeen, M.P.H., RD, is EatingWell's former test kitchen and editorial operations manager, where she oversaw the development, production and nutrition analysis of 500-plus recipes per year and helped manage day-to-day operations to keep everything running smoothly. Breana has a master's degree in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu London, a Wine Spirit and Education Trust-trained sommelier and a registered dietitian. When she's not cooking or chasing toddlers, you can find her out on her farm wrangling 150 chickens, 8 cows, 2 dogs and her tractor-loving husband.