So you hosted a kick-a** Thanksgiving dinner like the awesome host you knew you could be, but November has ended, the Christmas and Hanukkah season has begun and you have a fridge full of leftovers. You begged your relatives to take those pies and mashed potatoes home but you just can’t seem to get rid of all that turkey! This is the boat that all our generous dinner hosts seem to find themselves in the week following the food-filled holiday, but it seems like such a shame to throw perfectly good food in the garbage. Luckily, there are a lot of chefs out there who have the same problem and have come up with a list of delicious and easy ways to use up all your leftovers, especially the turkey. So if you’re having trouble fitting anything into your post-Thanksgiving filled fridge, make some room with these recipe ideas:
1. Turkey & Bacon Panini with Chipotle Mayo
This easy to make sandwich makes a perfect lunch meal that the whole family will love!
2. Turkey Pot Pie
A spin on the classic chicken pot pie that is perfect for these cold winter days
3. Open Faced Turkey Sandwich
Also a classic, and my favorite, this sandwich uses up more than just turkey. Pile on mashed potatoes, stuffing, turkey, gravy and whatever else you may like.
4. Turkey Salad
A healthy way to use up those leftovers!
5. Turkey Vegetable Soup
Another recipe perfect for the holiday season!
6. Cheddar Turkey Casserole
Turkey, pasta, and veggies in a cheesy sauce? Yes please!
7. Club-style Turkey Enchiladas
This creative and delicious dish involves bacon, swiss, and left over turkey-yum!
8. Turkey Fettuccine
For pasta lovers, this is a perfect way to use up leftovers in a simple but delicious way
9. Turkey Focaccia Club
This Panera-esque sandwich is amazing not just for turkey leftovers, but any day of the year
10. Turkey Ramen
Chef Edward Lee’s signature blend of Southern and Asian flavors is sure to win the approval of your family this holiday season.