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

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.

2. Turkey Stromboli

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

3. Turkey Spaghetti Bake

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

4. Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Pesto Panini

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

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.

6. Cranberry, Brussels Sprouts And Brie Skillet Nachos

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

7. Turkey Pasta Carbonara

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

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.

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.

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.

11. Leftover Turkey Shepherd’s Pie

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

12. Leftover Thanksgiving Sliders

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

13. Leftover Turkey Soup

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

14. Thanksgiving Turkey Gumbo

Complete with Creole seasoning and Andouille sausage.

15. Turkey Cranberry Pasta Salad

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

16. Cheesy Cranberry Turkey Baked Sliders

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

17. Turkey Roll Ups

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

18. Leftover Turkey Casserole

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

19. Turkey Pot Pie Soup

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

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.

21. Leftover Turkey Cranberry Melts

Have Havarti, will travel.

22. Thanksgiving Turkey Hot Dish

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

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.

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.

25. Creamy Turkey And Stuffing Casserole

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

26. Turkey Enchiladas

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

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.

28. Turkey Tacos With Brussels Sprouts And Cranberry Sauce

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

29. Shredded Turkey Cranberry Waldorf Salad

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

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.

31. Creamy White Turkey Lasagna

Anything ground turkey can do shredded turkey can do better.

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.

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.

34. Turkey Cranberry Grilled Cheese

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

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.

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.

37. Hawaiian Bbq Turkey Flatbread Pizza

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

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.

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.

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.

41. Curry Turkey Pot Pie With Homemade Butter Pie Crust

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

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.

43. Turkey Havarti Bagel Sandwich

Never underestimate the power of a pretty lunch.

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.

45. Turkey Empanadas

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

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.

47. Thanksgiving Leftovers Pizza

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

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Taryn Pire is PureWow’s food editor and has been writing about all things delicious since 2016. She’s developed recipes, reviewed restaurants and investigated food trends at...