Thanksgiving Leftover Turkey Recipes to Try

Turkey Carnitas with Green Mojo
Photo: Photo: Jennifer Causey / Food stylist Chelsea Zimmer / Prop stylist Kathleen Varner

Thanksgiving leftovers are one of the best parts of the holiday. You can always reheat them and enjoy as-is for Thanksgiving 2.0, but they also can be repurposed into all different kinds of meals. Take turkey, for example—you can include it in a casserole, use it to make stock, make tacos, and of course, enjoy it in a next-day sandwich situation, too. Read on for those recipes, and more thanksgiving leftover turkey dishes.

01 of 09

Buffalo Turkey Hand Pies

Buffalo Turkey Hand Pies
Photo: Jennifer Causey / Food stylist / Chelsea Zimmer / Prop stylist Kathleen Varner

These delicious, savory hand pies are made by filling store-bought puff pastry with diced leftover turkey that's been tossed with a buffalo-style hot sauce.

02 of 09

Thai-Inspired Turkey Green Curry

Thai-Inspired Turkey Green Curry
Photo: Jennifer Causey / Food stylist Chelsea Zimmer / Prop stylist: Kathleen Varner

Leftover turkey breast is easily infused with lots of flavor when reheated in this quick Thai-inspired Turkey Green Curry.

03 of 09

Kentucky Hot Brown

Kentucky Hot Brown
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Star chef Bobby Flay smothers an open-face turkey sandwich with cheese sauce and bacon for his version of the over-the-top Louisville classic.

04 of 09

Leftover Roast Turkey and Chinese Egg Noodle Soup

Leftover Roasted Turkey and Chinese Egg Noodle Soup
Alison Miksch

"This is a great recipe for whether you're roasting a traditional whole bird, using a spatchcocked (butterflied) turkey, or the separate parts," Andrea Nguyen writes.

05 of 09

Turkey "Carnitas" with Green Mojo

Turkey Carnitas with Green Mojo
Photo: Jennifer Causey / Food stylist Chelsea Zimmer / Prop stylist Kathleen Varner

Shredded cooked turkey replaces the more traditional shredded pork in this riff on carnitas tacos, served with a sauce inspired by Cuban mojo.

06 of 09

Parmesan-Braised Gigante Beans with Turkey

Parmesan-Braised Gigante Beans with Turkey
Photo: Jennifer Causey / Food stylist Chelsea Zimmer / Prop stylist Kathleen Varner

Giant lima beans cooked to al dente complement tender braised leftover turkey thighs and drumsticks in this cozy stew. A rind of Parmesan cheese enriches the broth.

07 of 09

Leftover Turkey Broth

This is the perfect broth to get the most out of your Thanksgiving turkey carcass
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This simple Leftover Turkey Broth recipe from Justin Chapple provides a simple method to making broth from scratch using your leftover roasted turkey carcass.

08 of 09

Walnut-Cranberry Turkey Salad

Walnut-Cranberry Turkey Salad

The dressing for this light, delicious turkey salad is made with mayonnaise, yogurt, and chopped herbs.

09 of 09

Farmhouse Turkey Hot Dish

Farmhouse Turkey Hot Dish
John Kernick

"Hot dish" is Minnesotan for baked layers of starch, meat, vegetable and, typically, canned soup. In TV host and Twin Cities native Andrew Zimmern's version, crisp brown Tater Tots provide the starch. "Nothing beats Tater Tots for this. Period," says the chef. And the meat comes from freshly braised turkey legs, though 4 cups of shredded leftover meat would be excellent, too. Instead of the classic condensed mushroom soup, however, Zimmern makes a velouté sauce with the turkey braising liquid and sautéed mushrooms.

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