Thanksgiving leftovers: 10 next-day uses for turkey

Carving turkey

Every year, the same question arises: “What should I do with these leftovers?”

Maybe you’re in the mood to have a second Thanksgiving feast, or maybe you want something completely different. Instead of the go-to cold turkey sandwich, try any of our ideas from the Farm and Dairy kitchen to make a new, exciting meal out of your Thanksgiving extras, or check out one of the delicious recipes we found on the Web.

1. Turkey or chicken casserole

Submitted by one of our readers, Mrs. K. G. of Wooster, Ohio, this simple dish makes enough to serve 8-10 people.

2. Turkopita

This Greek recipe, submitted by one of our readers, Gaye V. Ochs, of Leeper, Pa., is sure to be something your family hasn’t had before!

3. Turkey Waldorf salad

The perfect combination of sweet and crunchy, this classic dish will be refreshing after a day of eating heavy foods like gravy, stuffing and pumpkin pie.

4. Turkey and black bean wraps

Create an easy Mexican meal by spicing up your turkey and adding it to black beans, seasonings and chopped vegetables, served in flour tortillas.

5. Leftover turkey casserole

A casserole that features cream of mushroom soup, cubes of whole wheat bread and plenty of shredded cheese is sure to please even picky eaters.

6. Shredded turkey posole

Ingredients like chili powder, cilantro and lime wedges make this a stew with a kick. Serve this authentic Mexican recipe with corn tortillas.

7. Turkey tetrazzini

An American creation, this pasta-based dish combines mushrooms, chicken broth, peas and parmesan cheese to create a tasty meal for November’s cool weather.

8. Turkey hash via Farm Flavor

Who said turkey isn’t a breakfast meat? This ingenious recipe mix leftover turkey with potatoes, red bell pepper and onion. Then, add a fried egg on top.

9. Turkey shepherd’s pie via All Recipes

If you don’t get your fill of mashed potatoes and vegetables on Thanksgiving, make shepherd’s pie.

10. Turkey sandwich via Country Living

Ok, maybe the traditional turkey sandwich isn’t so bad afterall. Here’s a handful of ideas to dress up your bread and meat, like a simple BLT or even a panini.

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