What is your favorite way to eat thanksgiving leftovers?

I’ve already admitted that turkey and mashed potatoes aren’t my favorite foods, but I’ve got memories of waking up in Milwaukee on Friday morning, making turkey sandwiches with iceberg and mayo on little potato buns before heading out for some Christmas shopping. I loved those little sandwiches.

Of course now a days, we’ve got exotic, exciting ways to enjoy those leftovers and I must say I’m more interested in some of these leftover ideas than the actual thanksgiving meal itself. Maybe I’ll take some of that leftover turkey after all….


Turkey Samosas – Real Simple

Stuffing-Stuffed Mushrooms – Rachael Ray

Turkey, Artichoke & Mushroom Lasagna (switch out chicken for turkey!)

 Turkey Banh Mi – Martha Stewart

Turkey Waldorf Salad – Real Simple

 Penne with Goat Cheese, Kale, Olives, and Turkey – Real Simple

Baked Potato Pizza – Iowa Girl Eats

Grilled Turkey, Bacon, Radicchio and Blue Cheese Sandwich – Bon Appetit 

Turkey-Porcini Tetrazzini – Delish

And if all you really want is a sandwich, try these twists on the turkey sandwich from Rachael Ray!

  • Creamy-Crunchy Sammy: Drizzle EVOO on 2 whole grain bread slices and toast them; spread on soft goat cheese and layer with thinly sliced turkey, pears and radishes.
  • Honey-Mustard Brie Melt: Toast an english muffin, then spread with honey-mustard sauce. Layer with a couple of turkey pieces, sliced tomato and brie cheese. Place the open-face sandwich under the broiler until the cheese is melted.
  • Spinach-Artichoke Grilled Cheese: Butter 2 slices of white bread and fill with turkey, gruyere cheese, spinach leaves and chopped marinated artichoke hearts. Grill in a skillet or panini press until golden-brown.


13 Comments (Reply )

  1. Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats
    Nov 23, 2011 @ 8:04 am

    What a yummy day-after Thanksgiving recipe roundup! Thanks for including my pizza. :) Have a very happy Turkey Day!


    • Emily
      Nov 23, 2011 @ 9:04 am

      That pizza was the one my husband ALWAYS wanted to order from Pizza Luce! :)


  2. Alex @ IEatAsphalt
    Nov 23, 2011 @ 9:18 am

    Love the idea of making Bahn Mi with turkey. There was a great recipe in the Washington Post to make spring rolls with turkey and cranberry dipping sauce. I’m definitely going to try it out!


    • Emily
      Nov 23, 2011 @ 9:27 am

      Oooh, those sound great!


  3. Claire @ Live and Love to Eat
    Nov 23, 2011 @ 9:19 am

    All of those Rachel Ray sandwiches sound like they’d be great without the turkey!


  4. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite
    Nov 23, 2011 @ 11:44 am

    I really love Thanksgiving leftovers! I never get sick of Thanksgiving food :) Love your idea for sandwiches!


  5. Liz @ Southern Charm
    Nov 23, 2011 @ 2:32 pm

    Such great ideas! Thanks for sharing!


  6. She Rocks Fitness
    Nov 23, 2011 @ 3:17 pm

    Oh goodness, I think my stomach just growled! All of these sandwiches look awesome. I’m such a fan of crunch good bread, with good cheese, and leftovers. DELISH! ;) Happy Thanksgiving!


  7. Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum
    Nov 23, 2011 @ 6:16 pm

    I was going to leave a comment about how useful this post is (and I guess I just did) but now I need to go because I saw your other post for creamed kale. Yum.


  8. Kirstie @ Musings of a Happy Life
    Nov 24, 2011 @ 6:51 am

    Ok. I need to eat the spinach and artichoke grilled cheese. YUM!


  9. catherine (FOOD SNOB)
    Nov 24, 2011 @ 7:43 am

    The pho recipe I use was originally from an article on how to use up Thanksgiving leftovers, and calls for turkey stock and leftover turkey. (And I know how much you like pho!)

    Happy Thanksgiving!


  10. Carissa @ Fit To Indulge
    Nov 27, 2011 @ 6:08 pm

    Mmm turkey leftovers. We aren’t big turkey fans either, hence we fixed prime rib for Thanksgiving–but there is a turkey in my freezer begging to be cooked up just for the delicious sandwiches and pot pies. Happy Turkey Day :)


  11. Megan (Braise The Roof)
    Nov 28, 2011 @ 4:19 pm

    Yum, great ideas! I still have lots of mashed potatoes to get through- that pizza sounds like a darn good idea right about now. :)


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