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Ideas for Thanksgiving Leftovers

Recipes for Thanksgiving Leftovers

Don’t want Thanksgiving to end? It doesn’t have to. The recipes here transform Thanksgiving leftovers into delicious fall soups, sandwiches, quesadillas and more. There’s even a bolognese made from leftover turkey, for a spin on the classic.


Turkey Soup with Dill, Parsley, and Chive Dumplings

After the Thanksgiving feast, take an extra few minutes to toss the turkey carcass into a soup pot with a few vegetables. You'll be rewarded with a rich broth that can be used in this delicious soup with airy herb-flecked dumplings.

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Turkey & Corn Quesadillas with Guacamole

There are so many ways to use up Thanksgiving leftovers, but none so easy as simple quesadillas. Put a Tex-Mex spin on your leftover turkey with this quick and easy dinner.

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Turkey & Sweet Potato Hash

Thanksgiving leftovers are as much a part of the holiday tradition as the turkey itself. You probably already have a few favorites when it comes to using up the bird, but if you're looking for something new this year, try this hash. If hash for breakfast isn't your thing, pair it with a salad for lunch or dinner.

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Turkey Rarebit

For an easy post-Thanksgiving meal, try these open-face sandwiches. Smothered in a cheese and beer sauce and broiled until bubbling and golden, they’re a great way to use up your leftover turkey.

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Golden Turkey Broth

Making broth is the ultimate way to eke every last bit of flavor from your holiday bird. And once you have broth on hand, making turkey soup becomes a snap: Just add diced leftover roast turkey meat and embellish the soup however you want.

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Turkey & Snow Peas with Coconut Rice

The rich coconut rice is the perfect counterpoint to this quick stir fry that makes great use of leftover turkey. For color, add some red bell pepper to the stir-fry. You could also sprinkle with some toasted coconut as a finishing touch.

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Turkey Tortilla Soup

This Mexican-style soup is bursting with all sorts of interesting flavors and textures. It’s light yet satisfying, and it tastes completely different from the traditional Thanksgiving flavors, so it’s a perfect encore to the big feast.

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Grilled Turkey and Cheddar Sandwiches

Indian flavors meet Thanksgiving leftovers with delicious results in this quick panini with mango chutney.

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Curried Turkey & Israeli Couscous Salad with Dried Cranberries

You can use light or dark turkey meat in this citrusy, sweet, subtly spiced salad.

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Turkey Croquettes with Mixed Greens & Cranberry Vinaigrette

These delectable croquettes completely transform leftover Thanksgiving turkey. They're bound with mashed potatoes, coated in crunchy crumbs, and served with a salad that gets a kick from dried cranberries.

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Pasta with Turkey Bolognese

For a spin on the classic (and a chance to use Thanksgiving leftovers), we’ve replaced the customary ground meat with diced roast turkey. If you have leftover broth from the Turkey Soup with Dill, Parsley, and Chive Dumplings, it's perfect here. For a smoky flavor, substitute bacon for the pancetta.

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Grilled Brie, Turkey & Pear Sandwiches

No, this isn't the grilled cheese of your childhood—it's better. Brie stands in for Cheddar and the turkey and pear are a nod to fresh fall flavors.

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Turkey & Fall Vegetables in a Saffron-Scented Broth with Couscous

Moroccan spices warm up leftover turkey in this vegetable braise, which is easily doubled.

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