Thanksgiving is the feast that keeps on giving. Here are some great ways to use your leftovers for some great meals and sides.
The Best Leftover Turkey Sandwich EverThe name says it all: this is truly the Best Leftover Turkey Sandwich Ever. It's recipes like these that allow us to be just as grateful for the days after Thanksgiving as well.
Cran-Apple Smoked Turkey SlidersLet's face it: You have to have a killer leftover turkey sandwich the day after the feast. If you start with our robust Applewood-Smoked Turkey, you need only a few embellishments--namely the juicy snap of tart apple and the extra layer of smoke from the cheddar--to reach to-die-for status.
After-Thanksgiving PizzaWe used leftovers and extra ingredients from Thanksgiving recipes for these pizzas.
Cauliflower Turkey TetrazziniThe genius trick to this unique turkey tetrazzini is using flavor-packed Cauliflower Salad in the sauce. Pureed, it becomes creamy and luscious. Any leftover turkey, or even rotisserie chicken, will work here.
Dressing-Stuffed Mini PeppersWe love these stuffed peppers as an appetizer, but you can also serve them as a side dish. Use your leftover dressing to fill these peppers with amazing flavor.
Leftover Turkey Breakfast SandwichGot leftover turkey? The morning after Thanksgiving deserves some delicious breakfast sandwiches.
Turkey and Andouille Sausage GumboThis gumbo is a great use for leftover roasted turkey, though cooked chicken will also work. We skip the long-stirred roux here in favor of filé powder, a thickener made from the sassafras plant; look for it on the spice aisle. For the best results, stir in the filé powder off the heat.
Leftover Green Bean NiçoiseClassic salade niçoise gets a big flavor boost from our leftover green bean recipe: Dried cranberries provide unexpected sweet-tart notes, while hazelnuts add lightly sweet, meaty depth.
Turkey Enchiladas with Sour CreamSuper easy and satisfying, this recipe turns leftover Thanksgiving turkey into a fiesta of flavors. Make sure you use a high-quality salsa for the freshest taste. Serve with a simple Mexican coleslaw of shredded cabbage topped with lime juice and cumin.
Picadillo-stuffed Mashed Potato BallsPapas rellenas (stuffed potato balls) are a traditional Spanish dish. Baked instead of fried, they're a healthy and delicious way to make a meal out of leftover mashed potatoes.
Toasted Turkey and Brie SandwichesThis twist on the traditional turkey sandwich marries elegance with convenience. Split English muffins, add honey mustard, shredded turkey breast, sliced red onion, and delicious, creamy Brie. Boil until the cheese melts, then add fresh arugula for a spicy kick.
Turkey Soup ProvençalTransport your turkey to the south of France. For this soup, add ground (or leftover) turkey to chicken broth, cannellini beans, spinach, and canned tomatoes. Then season it with the delicate and aromatic flavors of herbes de Provence. The best part? It's super fast and budget friendly, requiring just six ingredients and 10 minutes of your time.
Roast Turkey and Prosciutto PizzaSince the days after Thanksgiving are a time to relax and renew your energy, a simple recipe keeps mealtime stress-free. Store-bought pizza crust and sauce make this pizza super easy to prepare, while quality ingredients like creamy fontina cheese and salty prosciutto lend an air of sophistication.
Open-Faced Turkey SandwichesThese simple sandwiches are perfect if you have leftover smoked turkey.
Turkey Croissant SandwichesSunset reader James C. Hayes of Ridgecrest, California, makes ordinary turkey sandwiches spectacular with fresh vegetables and buttery croissants. Leftover roast turkey has the most flavor, but you can use sliced deli meat instead.
Thanksgiving SaladUse your Thanksgiving leftovers to make a hearty salad. Cut cornbread dressing into cubes and toast for croutons, and top mixed greens with leftover turkey and cranberry sauce.
Roast Turkey PhoYou can substitute unsalted chicken stock for the homemade. If you do, simmer with the water, stock, peppercorns, sugar, star anise, and ginger, and proceed with recipe from there.
Turkey Sandwiches with Caramelized Onions and Charmoula MayoWarm Moroccan spices mix with sweet onions to give leftover turkey a fresh spin.
Turkey-Mushroom Bread PuddingThis dish is a great way to use up extra turkey and bread leftover from the holiday meal. It's a one-dish wonder featuring cremini mushrooms, celery, onions, garlic, seasonings, and fresh Parmesan cheese.
Day-After-Thanksgiving HashTurn your Thanksgiving leftovers into a hearty hash and top with eggs for a one-dish breakfast meal.