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Whether you stuff rolls with slices of turkey and ham, or spoonfuls of green bean casserole and creamy mashed potatoes—the Thanksgiving leftover sandwich is as classic as the bird itself. But even tried-and-true favorites can get a bit stale; there’re only so many sandwiches you can stomach.
Instead, transform your turkey into a comforting pho or pot pie. Fry up mashed potatoes into savory pancakes or swirl spoonfuls into cake batter for moist, rich slices. Puree roasted roots into soups and whisk gravy or stocks into vinaigrettes. Even leftover pumpkin can make smooth and silky spreads.
So, go ahead and make your sandwich. But after, try one of these 10 ways to clean the fridge of your leftover Thanksgiving turkey.
First things first: Make turkey stock. This recipe below is for chicken, but turkey will work just as well. Proceed as follows:
What could be better than tucking into a creamy, buttery, flaky pot pie after Thanksgiving? Not much.
3. Turkey Pho
Pho is a Vietnamese noodle soup, usually made with beef or chicken—but turkey adds a rich, gamier spin on the comforting classic.
Turkey empanadas are, yes, little pockets for your Thanksgiving leftovers.
Did you know that "turkey tetrazzini" is one of the most googled phrases the day after Thanksgiving? Who knew?
This leftover turkey jambalaya gives us something to be thankful for.
Your quiche would be very, very happy if you fed it leftover turkey.
You know dump cakes? Well, this one's a leftover turkey dump bread. Dump away, little birdies!
All the familiar flavors of Thanksgiving, but in a cleaner, more refined format.
This recipe calls for ground turkey, but if you have some leftover Thanksgiving turkey lying around, just fold that in for a comforting bowl of chili.
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