Whether you stuff rolls with slices of turkey and ham, or spoonfuls of green bean casserole and creamy mashed potatoes—the Thanksgiving leftover sandwich is as classic as the bird itself. But even tried-and-true favorites can get a bit stale; there’re only so many sandwiches you can stomach.
Instead, transform your turkey into a comforting pho or pot pie. Fry up mashed potatoes into savory pancakes or swirl spoonfuls into cake batter for moist, rich slices. Puree roasted roots into soups and whisk gravy or stocks into vinaigrettes. Even leftover pumpkin can make smooth and silky spreads.
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1. Deconstructed Turkey & Brie Sandwich
The most festive charcuterie board that autumn has ever seen! Cheese board extraordinaire Marissa Mullen makes hers with deli turkey, but feel free to swap leftover Thanksgiving turkey in its place. Garlic confit, sliced apples, grapes, fresh brie, an assortment of nuts, and fig jam bring it all together.
First things first: Make turkey stock. This recipe below is for chicken, but turkey will work just as well.
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3. Curried Smoked Turkey Salad
Did you smoke a turkey this year? Repurpose it in the form of this garlicky, balsamic-laced turkey salad that’s inspired by Amanda Hesser’s favorite meal from the now-closed Iris Cafe in Brooklyn Heights.
4. Turkey Pot Pie
What could be better than tucking into a creamy, buttery, flaky pot pie after Thanksgiving? Not much.
5. The Silver Palate’s Turkey Hash Salad
“This salad is exactly what you’ll want to eat (and cook) the day after Thanksgiving—and includes a smart hack for quicker roasted garlic, too,” according to our editors. It’s the perfect recipe to use up Thanksgiving leftovers like roasted potatoes, shredded cooked turkey, and salad greens.
6. Leftover Turkey Soup
The best part of Thanksgiving is getting to gather with loved ones to share a delicious meal. But a close second is leftovers! They can get a little boring on their own, so recipe developer Rachel Gurjar turned cooked turkey meat and homemade turkey stock into a cozy soup that will keep you warm for chilly days to come.
7. Thanksgiving Leftovers Breakfast “Burritos”
For a delicious twist on a day-after-Thanksgiving breakfast, fill a large flour tortilla with all the fixins’—a spoonful of leftover mashed potatoes, a scoop of leftover cranberry sauce, diced roast turkey, and stuffing.
8. Turkey Empanadas
Turkey empanadas are, yes, little pockets for your Thanksgiving leftovers.
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9. Turkey Tetrazzini
Did you know that “turkey tetrazzini” is one of the most googled phrases the day after Thanksgiving? Who knew?
10. ‘Thankful for Leftover Turkey’ Jambalaya
This leftover turkey jambalaya gives us something to be thankful for.
11. Turkey Quiche
Your quiche would be very, very happy if you fed it leftover turkey.
12. Pull-Apart Thanksgiving Leftover Stuffed Bread
You know dump cakes? Well, this one’s a leftover turkey dump bread. Dump away, little birdies!
13. Best-Ever Turkey Chili
This recipe calls for ground turkey, but if you have some leftover Thanksgiving turkey lying around, just fold that in for a comforting bowl of chili.
What do you like to do with your leftovers? Share your favorite ways to use up your Thanksgiving turkey below!