Thanksgiving Leftovers – Easy Recipe Ideas

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Thanksgiving leftovers are, dependent on ones attitude, a source of delight or disdain. These ideas on how to use your Thanksgiving leftovers will inspire and spark the flame of excitement for all things turkey!
Turkey just out of the oven

I love everything about Thanksgiving, even the Thanksgiving leftovers! Nothing beats an open-faced turkey sandwich with mashed potatoes, stuffing and gravy, plenty of gravy! But after the second day, even the moistest turkey begins to get a little dry. I love “re-purposing”  leftover rotisserie chicken, and the turkey is no different – there’s just a lot more. My family wants the leftovers to resemble the Thanksgiving meal as little as possible, so here’s where I have to get creative! Visit my Pinterest board, “Thanksgiving Ideas” for more recipes! Tortilla Soup is a great way to use leftover turkey or chicken. Top with cheese, chips and avocado for a great game-day dish.

Chicken Tortilla Soup
Chicken Tortilla Soup

Chicken or turkey salad is a great way to give leftovers a new life, the mayonnaise gives some extra moistness to the meat. Here are three completely different, but delicious cold salads. This curried Coronation Salad is a based on a recipe that was served at the luncheon when Queen Elizabeth ll was crowned.

Coronation Chicken Salad on sourdough.
Coronation Chicken Salad.

This Copycat Trader Joe’s Apricot, Almond and Tarragon Chicken Salad, is delicious and you can make it at home, at half the price, by using leftover turkey breast.

Chicken Salad with Apricots and Tarragon.

Chinese Turkey Salad anyone?

Chinese Chicken Salad, crisp cabbage, shredded chicken in a slightly sweet dressing with sliced almonds and mandarin
Chinese Chicken Salad

Switch the chicken in this Classic Chicken and Dumplings  recipe for turkey and no one will be the wiser!

Classic Chicken and dumplings.
Classic Chicken and dumplings.

My family loves Mexican food, so anytime I make these Cheesy Turkey Enchiladas, they’re a hit!

Cheesey Turkey enchiladas
Cheesey Turkey enchiladas

Instead of topping your Chicken Pot Pie with a pie crust,

Chicken pot pie with mushrooms and thyme.
Chicken pot pie with mushrooms and thyme.

Why not use leftover mashed potatoes and make these Cheddar Crusted Chicken Pot Pies?

Cheesy Potato-Crusted Chicken Pot Pies

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner.

I’d love for you to tell me how you re-purposed your Thanksgiving leftovers!

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8 delicious recipes for your Thanksgiving leftovers!

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