17 Must-Have Recipes That Use Up Your Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey
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17 Must-Have Recipes That Use Up Your Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey

Without a doubt, the one thing you’re guaranteed to have left over on Thanksgiving is the turkey. We’re not complaining, though, because it’s easily the most versatile ingredient to work into other meals later in the week. Sure, the obvious choice is a next-level sandwich, but you worked hard on that turkey! It deserves to be highlighted in only the tastiest of recipes. There are tons of Pinterest-worthy Thanksgiving leftover dishes you can try, none of which involve adding cranberry sauce. If you want to make the most out of your leftover Thanksgiving turkey, keep reading for 17 must-have recipes.

1. Turkey Tortilla Soup: After eating all of that cranberry sauce and stuffing, you’ll probably want something with a little more zest. This soup is perfect for that and will warm you to your core. (via Chef Savvy)

2. Creamy Pumpkin Alfredo With Roasted Butternut Squash and Turkey: You’ve eaten your weight in pumpkin pie — now’s the time to try it in a savory application. Combine it with your leftover turkey and roasted butternut squash for a comforting and luxurious pasta dish. (via Girl Carnivore)

3. Turkey Avocado Flatbread: Imagine how great your favorite salad would be piled on a buttery flatbread. This one is loaded with chunks of tender turkey, avocado and bacon with a creamy chipotle ranch dressing for drizzling. (via Chelsea’s Messy Apron)

4. Sun-Dried Tomato and Turkey Bagel Sandwich: Your day-after Thanksgiving turkey sandwich doesn’t have to be combined with cranberry sauce. Create a deli-style bagel sammie at home along with a savory sun-dried tomato sauce that will *tantalize* your taste buds. (via Mesa Cooking Co.)

5. Leftover Turkey Frittata: Breakfast on Black Friday is about to be lit. Mix shredded turkey with spinach, mozzarella and eggs to make a healthy frittata that will last you through all of that shopping. (via Diethood)

6. Thai Peanut Turkey Wrap: Takeout is tempting when you’ve spent all of Thanksgiving Day cooking. Resist the urge to order in and make this turkey wrap that’s full of exotic flavor instead. (via The Almond Eater)

7. Thanksgiving Leftovers Turkey Nachos: If the day after Thanksgiving looks like a lot of football and loungewear for you, these nachos need to be on your menu. They’re cheesy, spicy and even gluten-free! (via Bless Her Heart Y’all)

8. Thanksgiving Turkey Gumbo: Whether you’re in the South or not, gumbo is a great way to use up your extra turkey. It reinvents leftovers without doing anything too crazy. Plus, if you still have guests lingering, they will absolutely love getting another home-cooked meal. (via Half Baked Harvest)

9. Turkey Bolognese: Finishing off leftovers doesn’t mean you have to think of new wild recipes. Use your turkey in place of another protein in a dish you make all the time — like spaghetti bolognese. (via Chew Out Loud)

10. Turkey Chili: If you’re looking for something comforting and cozy that would also feed an army, chili is your go-to. Serve with fresh baked cornbread for sopping up those AH-mazing juices. (via Simply Recipes)

11. Turkey Thai Curry: Once the house has been cleaned and the guests have (finally) left, you’re going to be due a little solo time. This means a couple glasses of wine and a turkey curry that takes less than 20 minutes to make. (via Simply Stacie)

12. Turkey Enchiladas: So… you have a ton of turkey that’s sure to last you for a while. Try using it to make freezer meals, like enchiladas, that you can have weeks down the road. (via Creme de la Crumb)

13. Leftover Turkey in Creamy Mushroom Sauce: You may not want the exact meal that you had on Thanksgiving, but you don’t necessarily have to go nuts either. Make a quick mushroom sauce to infuse your turkey and spoon the whole thing over leftover mashed potatoes. (via Natasha’s Kitchen)

14. Leftover Turkey Pasta Skillet: Post-Thanksgiving is a great opportunity to clean out your fridge (you have to make room for all the leftovers!). Use whatever bits you have to create this customizable pasta that’s *perfect* for lazy cooks. (via An Italian in My Kitchen)

15. Turkey Corn Chowder: If you have turkey AND creamed corn leftover, you’re so lucky. You can use them both to make this chowder and you only have to dirty one pot. (via Diethood)

16. Turkey Tetrazzini: Mushrooms, egg noodles and Swiss cheese join your leftover turkey in this baked casserole dish. Add a generous amount of breadcrumbs on top for a buttery crunch in each bite. (via Simply Recipes)

17. Warm Turkey Sliders: If you have hungry kids running around all Thanksgiving weekend, these sliders will be a savior. You’ll get rid of all that turkey and everyone will stay well-fed and happy. (via Self Proclaimed Foodie)

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