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. Swirl spoonfuls into cake batter for moist, rich slices. Purée roasted roots into soups and whisk gravy or stocks into vinaigrettes. Even leftover pumpkin can make smooth and silky spreads.
First on the to-do list: Make turkey stock. This recipe below is for chicken, but turkey will work just as well.
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.
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.
What could be better than tucking into a creamy, buttery, flaky pot pie after Thanksgiving? Not much.
“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.
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.
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.
Turkey empanadas are, yes, perfect little pockets for your Thanksgiving leftovers.
Did you know that “turkey tetrazzini” is one of the most googled phrases the day after Thanksgiving? Who knew?
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. Bonus points if you give it some potatoes and green beans, too.
You know dump cakes? Well, this one’s a leftover turkey dump bread. Dump away, little birdies!
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.