47 Leftover Turkey Recipes You’ll Actually Want to Make the Day After Thanksgiving

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The only thing tougher than making Thanksgiving dinner without ending up with a dry turkey? Finishing the leftovers. What the heck are you supposed to do with pounds of leftover meat and a seemingly endless supply of stuffing? Well, we have a few ideas. Here, 47 leftover turkey recipes that will make you actually crave the holiday bird all over again.

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1. Spicy Turkey Enchiladas with Pumpkin Seeds

The Monterey jack, jalapeño and red enchilada sauce are expected. But the roasted pepitas are a seasonal surprise.

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2. Turkey Stromboli

Eight ingredients, eight servings, one hour. Go ahead, call your local pizzeria and brag away.

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3. Turkey Spaghetti Bake

Our favorite thing about this crowd-pleaser? It’s made with pantry staples you likely already have.

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4. Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Pesto Panini

Psst, it’s basically a caprese sandwich with lots of extra bells and whistles…including avocado.

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5. The Thanksgiving Leftovers Croque Madame

You’ve done it before: turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and a drizzle of gravy on bread. This time, do it right with a ton of cheese, Brussels sprouts…and a fried egg.

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6. Cranberry, Brussels Sprouts and Brie Skillet Nachos

All these beauties are missing is a pile of shredded turkey on top.

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7. Turkey Pasta Carbonara

Sorry, not sorry. We’ll never get over this bacony dish, starring a creamy Parmesan sauce.

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8. White Turkey Chili with Avocado

Shredded turkey breast is our go-to after Thanksgiving, but a pound of ground turkey can fill in during the off-season.

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9. Loaded Turkey Panini

This sandwich is loaded with goat cheese, Muenster and sage. Throw in some leftover sweet potatoes if your bread is sturdy enough.

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10. Turkey Avocado Tetrazzini

Never had tetrazzini? It’s basically white wine cream sauce, meat, mushrooms and pasta, so it’s pretty much bound to be delicious.

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11. Leftover Turkey Shepherd’s Pie

Ground beef so doesn’t have dibs on this St. Patrick’s Day classic.

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12. Leftover Thanksgiving Sliders

Because literally *everything* tastes good on sweet Hawaiian rolls. Especially tangy cranberry sauce and Dijonnaise.

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13. Leftover Turkey Soup

Baby, it’s cold outside. Luckily, this recipe will warm you up in 30 minutes.

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14. Thanksgiving Turkey Gumbo

Complete with Creole seasoning and Andouille sausage.

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15. Turkey Cranberry Pasta Salad

Think summer is pasta salad season? You’re about to eat your words.

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16. Cheesy Cranberry Turkey Baked Sliders

These sammies are finished with Worcestershire-Dijon butter. So yeah, we’ll take three.

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17. Turkey Roll Ups

This might be a great way to get rid of thin-sliced leftover turkey, but deli slices will work too.

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18. Leftover Turkey Casserole

Every Thanksgiving side makes a cameo here, from the cornbread to the green beans.

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19. Turkey Pot Pie Soup

Come on. How can you resist those adorable pie-crust stars?

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20. One-Pot Cheesy Turkey Tamale Pie

Pomegranate salsa, cotija cheese and avocado make for a gorgeous finishing touch. Go ahead and throw some crumbled tortilla chips on top, too.

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21. Leftover Turkey Cranberry Melts

Have Havarti, will travel.

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22. Thanksgiving Turkey Hot Dish

Finish this festively-stuffed croissant skillet with a few runny eggs and voilà: You’ve got brunch.

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23. Turkey Sliders with Cranberry Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

They have apple slaw, cranberry sauce and shredded turkey, but screw it. We’re making ’em no matter what season it is.

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24. Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Pot Pie

You may want to stock up on frozen corn, carrots and peas. Your kids will be begging to have this for dinner again, like tomorrow.

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25. Creamy Turkey and Stuffing Casserole

The two most important dishes on your holiday table in one ooey-gooey dish.

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26. Turkey Enchiladas

Excuse us, we have a date with butternut squash and homemade cranberry salsa.

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27. Slow Cooker Black Bean Quinoa Pumpkin Chili

Just swap the chicken thighs for leftover shredded turkey and you’re in business. A side of cornbread won’t hurt either.

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28. Turkey Tacos with Brussels Sprouts and Cranberry Sauce

TBH, we’ll eat anything that’s topped with cheese and wrapped in a tortilla.

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29. Shredded Turkey Cranberry Waldorf Salad

All you need is 15 minutes to tackle this pecan- and apple-speckled gem.

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30. Easy 30-Minute Turkey Noodle Soup

Bust this recipe out every time one of your kid’s catch cold. It’s just like grandma’s chicken version.

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31. Creamy White Turkey Lasagna

Anything ground turkey can do shredded turkey can do better.

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32. Turkey and Wild Rice Pot Pie

Sure, you can make one pot pie in a giant skillet. But minis baked in ramekins or tiny skillets are so much cuter.

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33. One-Pot Creamy Turkey and Potato Dumplings

There’s no cure for a blustery November night like a soul-warming bowl of this stuff. BTW, the dumplings are made of airy mashed potatoes instead of traditional dough.

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34. Turkey Cranberry Grilled Cheese

Sourdough and tangy cranberry sauce are the ideal pair for cheese and savory roast turkey.

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35. Pasta with Turkey Sausage and Peas

Meet orecchiette’s new best friend. Swap ground turkey for shredded—it can definitely handle all that fennel.

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36. Teriyaki Turkey Rice Bowl

Believe it or not, homemade teriyaki sauce is a lot easier to whip up than you might think. It’s mostly made from pantry staples, like garlic and ginger.

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37. Hawaiian BBQ Turkey Flatbread Pizza

That’s right, pineapple on pizza. Don’t knock it if you haven’t tried it, folks.

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38. Easy Turkey Taco Stuffed Peppers

OK, this is a wild idea. But the filling is just right for burritos if bell peppers aren’t your thing. Just saying.

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39. Cranberry Chicken Puffs

The recipe calls for chicken, but cranberries are pretty much turkey’s bae at this point. So, we’ll definitely be trading one bird for another.

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40. Turkey Taco Stuffed Shells

For those times when you can’t decide between taco night and pasta night. Trade tortillas for shells and go all in with the fixin’s.

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41. Curry Turkey Pot Pie with Homemade Butter Pie Crust

Curry powder gives this masterpiece an extra dose of warm, fall-inspired spice.

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42. The Best Authentic Southern Mustard Greens with Smoked Turkey

Sick of turkey? The leftover Thanksgiving ham hock also wants in on this soul food staple.

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43. Turkey Havarti Bagel Sandwich

Never underestimate the power of a pretty lunch.

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44. Thanksgiving Turkey Sandwich with a Moist Maker

Friends fans, this one’s for you. In case you don’t know, a moist maker is a leftovers sandwich with a gravy-soaked slice of bread in the middle. You can thank us later.

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45. Turkey Empanadas

We honestly wouldn’t blame you if you served these for a Thanksgiving entrée instead of a whole bird.

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46. Turkey Sandwich

OK, this staple gets a bad rap. This recipe will remind you why you packed turkey sandwiches for lunch in the first place.

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47. Thanksgiving Leftovers Pizza

The leftover goat cheese from Thanksgiving cocktail hour is ready for its second life.

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