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Gobble Up Your Turkey Leftovers

With all the delicious sides served on Thanksgiving, we are often left with pounds of leftover turkey. And now that all the guests have gone home, what are you to do with all of it? It’s easy to get sick of reheating the same old turkey dish. Think outside the box and extend your turkey life by simply adding it to salads, soups, stews, tacos, sandwiches, rollups, quesadillas and potpies. Try these different suggestions to spruce up your turkey leftovers:

  • Turkey Vegetable Soup—Combine turkey, leftover vegetables and broth in a pot or slow cooker. Add some of your favorite spices and simmer.
  • Turkey Cranberry Sandwich or Rollup—Take a piece of bread or a tortilla and spread with cranberry sauce. Fill with turkey and stuffing for an after-Thanksgiving delight.
  • Turkey Chili—Perfect for the slow cooker on Football Sunday. Add canned beans, diced tomatoes and broth for delicious turkey chili.
  • Pesto Turkey Sandwich—Whip up some fresh pesto using pine nuts, basil and Parmesan cheese. Toss with shredded turkey and add to your favorite sliced bread.
  • Turkey Hash with Eggs—Turkey for breakfast? Why not! Sauté onions, mushrooms and potatoes. Add turkey and heat. Then remove contents from the skillet and set aside. Add several eggs to the skillet and fry. Serve with the potato turkey hash.
  • And when you can’t stand the thought of eating any more turkey, freeze it! Cooked turkey can freeze well, although it can turn slightly dry. To help moisturize, use the turkey in soups or chili in later dishes.

What is the most unique dish you make with leftover turkey?

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