Leftover Turkey Recipes
Give Thanksgiving leftovers new legs with these 16 inventive variations on the holiday bird, including turkey tacos, chili and sloppy joes.
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Next-Day Turkey Soup
Dice leftover turkey meat and Thanksgiving vegetables, like Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes and green beans, and turn them into a broth-based turkey soup.
Get the Recipe: Next Day Turkey Soup
Giada De Laurentiis takes leftover turkey to the next level, using shredded dark meat as the base for a simple, rich Bolognese that can be eaten as is or frozen for later use.
Get the Recipe: Turkey Bolognese
Turkey, Mushroom and Corn Mexican Casserole
Thanksgiving leftover sandwiches are great, but this Mexican-style casserole deserves a celebration all its own. Rachael Ray uses poblano peppers, garlic and onions to create a spicy sauce that perfectly complements the turkey and cheese.
Get the Recipe: Turkey, Mushroom and Corn Mexican Casserole
Leftover Turkey Sandwich with Spicy Cranberry Cream
Kelsey Nixon uses leftover cranberry-glazed turkey and dinner rolls in this plentiful Thanksgiving sandwich. Dress it with scallion- and jalapeno-spiked cranberry sauce and creamy, tangy Greek yogurt.
Get the Recipe: Leftover Turkey Sandwich with Spicy Cranberry Cream
Bird to the Last Drop
Alton Brown squeezes every last bit of flavor from the Thanksgiving turkey by simmering the bones in veggie stock and filling out the soup with frozen vegetables and rice. Toss in a little Old Bay and dried thyme to add fresh flavor and spice.
Get the Recipe: Bird to the Last Drop
Turkey Pot Pie
Give your leftover turkey a comfort food makeover with Kelsey's turkey pot pie recipe. What's her secret for keeping the prep time minimal? Use puff pastry for the crust.
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Kentucky Hot Browns
The Hot Brown — an open-faced turkey sandwich topped with bacon and Mornay sauce and then baked until the bread is crispy and the cheesy sauce browned — hails from a hotel in Kentucky. It's an ideal way to boost roasted turkey meat that's left behind after the holiday feast.
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Poached Eggs with Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast and Sweet Potato Hash
Use the leftovers from Ellie's Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast recipe to prepare a hearty breakfast hash, complete with thyme-scented sweet potatoes and a perfectly poached egg on top.
Customization comes easy to this chili recipe, with infinite possibilities for the beans and vegetables you choose to include. Leftover shredded turkey works wonders with a range of spices, and the chili is delicious served over rice or rolled up in warmed tortillas.
Get the Recipe: Turkey Con Chilli
Cobb Salad Panini
Tyler Florence creates the ultimate leftover dish –– panini sandwiches packed with cooked turkey breast and other hearty goodies –– for a supersized weekend meal.
Get the Recipe: Cobb Salad Panini
Turkey Sloppy Joes
There are more ways to adorn turkey than just cranberries and gravy: Try mixing extra meat with the savory flavors of a sloppy joe for an enticing leftover sandwich.
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Turkey Roast Dip with Melted Gruyere
Kelsey's turkey sandwich pairs leftover holiday meat with melted Gruyere cheese and a buttery French baguette.
Get the Recipe: Turkey Roast Dip with Melted Gruyere
Turkey and Mushroom Creamy Tomato "Gravy" with Gnocchi
For a hearty fall meal, Rachael cooks up leftover turkey with mushrooms and rosemary in a Dutch oven, then serves it over gnocchi.
Get the Recipe: Turkey and Mushroom Creamy Tomato "Gravy" With Gnocchi
Turn shredded leftover turkey into a fiesta by adding cumin, coriander and chili powder to the meat and serving it in a corn tortilla.
Get the Recipe: Turkey Tacos
Roast Turkey, Avocado and Bacon Sandwich
Tyler specially roasts his own turkey for this ultimate stacked sandwich, but leftover meat is equally perfect for pairing with maple bacon and fontina cheese. The kicker is the fresh herbed butter that he slathers between the bread slices.
Get the Recipe: Roast Turkey, Avocado and Bacon Sandwich
Mexican Chorizo and Turkey Chili
Spicy chorizo gives this chili extra zest, but the leftover turkey breast and cornmeal hiding in the mix add festive flavor and thickening power for a doubly satisfying spoonful.
Get the Recipe: Mexican Chorizo and Turkey Chili