Secretly, we all know why we make our Thanksgiving feasts so massive: we want the leftovers! Roasted turkey, vegetables and cranberry sauce are just as delicious and comforting today as they were yesterday. Here are some creative ways to mix them up with new flavors and ingredients.
There are a thousand versions of sandwich recipes featuring Thanksgiving leftovers, but this one combines almost every part of the meal: turkey, dressing and cranberry relish. Dip into warm gravy to take it to the next level.
|Turkey Fattoush Salad with Pita Croutons
Bring new life to your roasted turkey with this Mediterranean-inspired salad starring zahtar, an aromatic blend of thyme, sesame seed, sumac and sea salt.
|Farro Salad with Turkey and Roasted Squash
In this grain-based salad, sweet-and-sour dried cranberries contrast with smoked turkey and earthy butternut squash.
|Italian Loaf with Turkey, White Cheddar and Cranberry Sauce
Ciabatta or focaccia makes an ideal backdrop for this flavorful sandwich, prepared with leftover roast turkey and cranberry sauce. Using a whole loaf makes quick work of serving a crowd.
|Classic Cobb Salad
This traditional salad has a little bit of everything: turkey, avocado, bacon, hard-boiled eggs and blue cheese. Give it a try when you’re ready for a break from stuffing and cranberries.
This retro casserole uses up leftover turkey in a tangle of egg noodles, button mushrooms and cheesy sauce—with delicious results. Baked in one pan, or divided into individual ramekins, it’s sure to become an annual post-holiday tradition.
|Chipotle Tortilla Soup with Turkey and Lime
This soup gets a kick from chipotle chilies in adobo—dried, smoked jalapeños in a tomato-vinegar sauce. It’s great for out-of-town guest; just make a bit pot, and set up a toppings bar.
|Wheat Berries with Roasted Parsnips, Butternut Squash and Dried Cranberries
Chances are you have some roasted vegetables on hand, whether winter squash, root vegetables or broccoli. Toss them with cooked grains, dried cranberries and fresh herbs, and you have a healthy, colorful dish in no time.
|Turkey Salad with Celery and Cranberries
This simple combination makes a cool, refreshing salad that’s perfect for lunch. Spread on toasted bread, or serve over dressed greens.
|Day-After-Thanksgiving Bean Soup
The secret ingredient for this post-Thanksgiving soup is turkey gravy. To make the soup even heartier, stir in diced cooked turkey just before serving.