When Thanksgiving dinner is said and done, most American households have way more turkey leftovers than they know what to do with. Sure, you can try to encourage your loved ones to take some leftovers home with them, but you’ll probably still be left with quite a bit. Unfortunately, leftover turkey and gravy is only good on its own for so long after Thanksgiving. Eventually, you’re going to get tired of it, right? That’s why you might want to consider trying some of these Thanksgiving leftover recipes that will transform your leftover turkey into a delicious new dish.
Enchiladas are a great option for those nights when you want something quick and easy that you can pop in the oven. For this delicious recipe, you’ll need:
- two cups of leftover turkey, shredded
- a cup of your favorite salsa
- a cup and a half of Jack cheese
- a cup of quality olive oil
- about 15 flour tortillas
Start by mixing together the shredded turkey and cheese. Then, dip each tortilla in a little bit of oil, fill with the mixture, roll, and set in a baking pan. Top with salsa and bake at 350 degrees for about 15-20 minutes. Top with additional cheese, if desired.
Turkey meat makes for an excellent and healthier alternative to traditional taco meats, such as ground beef. So why not transform your leftover Thanksgiving turkey into some delicious turkey tacos for your next Mexican food night? All you’ll need is:
- a cup of leftover turkey, cubed
- a third cup of Jack cheese
- cilantro, cumin, and oregano, to taste
- a half cup of chopped onion
- chopped tomatoes, as desired
- a tablespoon of quality cooking oil
- about eight flour or corn tortillas
Start by heating the cooking oil in a large skillet, then add the turkey, seasonings, tomatoes, and onion. Then, fill each tortilla with the hot mixture and top with cheese. Enjoy!
Corn and Turkey Soup
Sometimes, soup is the best way to go—especially on a cold autumn or winter evening. This recipe is great for using up the rest of your leftover turkey and corn at the same time. Here’s what you’ll need:
- four cups of vegetable broth
- a tablespoon of cooking oil
- half a cup of finely chopped onion
- a clove of minced garlic
- one diced tomato
- chile sauce, as needed
- a third cup of corn
- two cups of shredded or chopped turkey
- four tablespoons of cream
Start by sauteeing the onions and garlic in oil, then add the broth, turkey, tomato, chile sauce, and corn. Bring it all to a boil before allowing to simmer for about 15 minutes. Right before you serve it, add the cream. If desired, top with sliced green onion.
You can only have so many leftover Thanksgiving turkey sandwiches before you get tired of them, right? The good news is that with these creative recipes, you can transform your leftover turkey and other Thanksgiving ingredients into an entirely new and refreshing dish. Be sure to keep these in mind to try for dinner in the days after Thanksgiving.