Who says you have to limit your leftover turkey to sandwiches? Make the most out of your leftovers with everything from hand pies to tostadas.
While it can be argued whether Thanksgiving leftovers taste better the next day or not, we can almost assure you that there will be no arguments when it comes to whether or not these leftover recipes are delicious. These recipes for transforming Thanksgiving turkey leftovers are sure to be crowd pleasers among friends and family.
Instead of dreading reheating the turkey or eating it in sandwiches until it’s gone (which, in some cases, can feel like an eternity), try new ways to repurpose those tender slices of turkey breast, drumsticks, and wings, making those Thanksgiving leftovers not so bad after all. Make it for lunch, serve it in an appetizer, or make a fun treat for the kiddos with these leftover turkey recipes. Pair with other repurposed Thanksgiving sides, or whip up holiday cocktail to go along with these recipes for a refreshing fix.
Turkey Tostadas with Spicy Cranberry-Chipotle Sauce
Transform your leftover Thanksgiving turkey into a fiesta of a meal with these tostadas. A few add-ins kick up the spice of your cranberry sauce to round out the Tex-Mex combination of veggies, turkey, and cheese.
Savory Hand Pies
Recipe: Savory Hand Pies
There's no need to make a post-Thanksgiving grocery run for this meal. Use up not just turkey but also mashed potatoes, green beans, pie crust dough, and gravy in these tasty small pies.
Recipe: Harvest Pizza
Leftover sweet potatoes are the sauce of this turkey pizza. It's far from Thanksgiving dinner in a different form, though; shiitake mushrooms, red onion, cheese, and Italian spices ensure a distinctly delicious flavor.
Smoked Turkey-Blue Cheese Open-Faced Sandwiches
If you have leftover smoked turkey, hold the mayo! This is still your iconic day-after sandwich, but with a better spread (fig paste!) and toasted ciabatta.
Turkey-and-Spinach Wraps with Cranberry-Walnut-Cream Cheese Spread
A pound of leftover roasted turkey is all you need to create this sampler of Thanksgiving favorites.
A classic Thanksgiving leftover recipe gets a flavorful twist. Not a fan of blue cheese? Try soft Brie instead.
Kentucky Hot Brown Tart
Recipe: Kentucky Hot Brown Tart
We turned classic Kentucky Hot Browns into a decadent tart. Serve as a satisfying main dish or a hearty side.
Recipe: Turkey-Artichoke-Pecan Salad
Parsley and basil leaves give this salad a fresh, full flavor. Top with chopped turkey, artichoke hearts, and toasted pecans for a delicious and satisfying salad entreé.