You’ve spent hours and days prepping for the biggest meal of the year. Why waste those delicious leftovers?
We have researched and compiled the very best leftover turkey recipes that you and the entire family can enjoy. And no, they’re not just turkey breasts stacked between bread and piled with cranberry sauce. (Although that does make a tasty dish, you can only eat so many sandwiches.) Think enchiladas, fajitas, pastas, and casseroles. What’s even better is that there is very little prep involved. In fact, you can create an entirely new turkey dish in less than 30 minutes!
1. Turkey Enchiladas
You’d be surprised how delicious these easy turkey enchiladas taste after indulging on the traditional post-thanksgiving Turkey sandwiches. In fact, they hardly taste like leftovers at all. Your family will be glad for a change-up!
2. Buffalo Turkey Cobb Salad
After a massive meal, we all seem to be wobbling a little bit while trying to fit back into our jeans. Your body will crave this light and healthy Buffalo Turkey Cobb Salad. Full of fresh veggies, gorgonzola cheese, eggs, bacon, and buffalo flavored turkey – all drizzled with a homemade dijon mustard dressing, you won’t want to eat anything else!
Click here to whip up this Buffalo Turkey Cobb Salad provided by the one and only Rachel Ray.
3. Turkey Empanadas
Put all your Thanksgiving leftovers to work in these flavorful and festive turkey empanadas. Filled with cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and leftover turkey, these empanadas are completely transforming the meaning of Thanksgiving leftovers. You and your family will rave about these, and they may become a future post-Thanksgiving tradition.
Click here to give your Thanksgiving leftovers a makeover, provided by The Spruce Eats.
4. Turkey Casserole
Perhaps your family isn’t quite ready to give up the traditional holiday meal of turkey smothered in gravy and green beans. This one pan casserole will provide you with the cozy feeling of Thanksgiving, reminding you that the holidays aren’t quite over.
Click here to make this cream turkey casserole created by Sabrina Snyder.
5. Buffalo Turkey Baguette Pizzas
Everyone loves pizza. We doubt any of your family members will moan and groan when you tell them you’re having pizza for dinner. Use the turkey leftovers to create these unique, yet delicious, buffalo turkey baguette pizzas. They’re easy, fun, and can be customized however you’d prefer!
Click here to create these fun Buffalo Turkey Baguette Pizzas provided by Good Housekeeping.
6. Cranberry Turkey Panini
We couldn’t end without putting a classic favorite on the list: the cranberry turkey sandwich. Except with a twist. By simply grilling this delicious sandwich, adding a dollop of cream cheese, grilling a few onion slices, and throwing in a little cheddar, you will completely transform this dish from being “pretty good” to an absolute favorite.
Click here to view this recipe from Happy Foods Tube.