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Ideas for Thanksgiving Leftovers

Thanksgiving was a success; now, what to do with all those leftovers?
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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.

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    Turkey and Spinach Hand Pies

    These turnover-like pastries make a nice lunch paired with a green salad. Or enjoy them for a casual weeknight dinner.
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    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, Escarole, and White Bean Soup with Cheesy Croutons

    A cross between white bean soup and French onion soup, a bowl makes a hearty meal.
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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 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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    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, we’ve replaced the customary ground meat with diced roast turkey. If you have leftover turkey broth, 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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    Turkey and Ricotta Stuffed Shells

    This take on classic stuffed shells features diced turkey in place of ground meat. Pine nuts, currants, and arugula add a crunchy-sweet-peppery burst in every bite.
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