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Leftover Turkey Recipes You’ll Gobble Up Post-Thanksgiving

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You’ve brined and rubbed, roasted and carved, and now you have some leftover turkey from Thanksgiving and you don’t know what to do with it. You’ve got turkey? We’ve got answers, 10 to be exact, of the ultimate leftover turkey solutions. The good news? They are easy to pull together as no one wants to cook a big meal a day or two after they’ve spent to so much time cooking and cleaning.

The key is to buy a big enough turkey that will net you some extra turkey. Or, carve up one side to serve on Thanksgiving day and carve the other side to save for the next couple of days. How great to be able to effectively have four days of meals from tasty, roast turkey!

For more turkey and Thanksgiving ideas, check out the recipes here:

34 Thanksgiving starters
37 Thanksgiving first courses
270 turkey recipes
543 Thanksgiving sides
250 turkey sides
89 Thanksgiving mains
160 Thanksgiving desserts

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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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    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.

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    Turkey Noodle Casserole

    Leftover roast turkey is combined with earthy mushrooms, a creamy cheese sauce, and a crunchy, sage-scented crumb topping to make this tasty, comforting dish. You can substitute wide egg noodles for the pappardelle.

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    Curried Turkey & Apple Salad

    Stuff this salad into a pita pocket or roll up in a tortilla for a tasty post-Thanksgiving lunch.

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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.

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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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    Turkey and Roasted Poblano Tacos

    These tacos highlight the flavor of leftover Thanksgiving turkey without overwhelming it. Doubling up on the tortillas keeps them from splitting when they’re packed with the juicy filling.

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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. If you have a panini maker, this sandwich is a great excuse to use it.

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    Turkey Tortilla Soup

    Soup isn’t an unusual destination for leftover roast turkey, but this soup is anything but ordinary. 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 and Sweet-Hot Pepper Grilled Cheese

    A mixture of cream cheese and grated cheese makes a luxurious sandwich. Spicy mustard and sweet pickled jalapeños add just enough heat to counter all that richness.

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