Always wonder what to do with leftover Thanksgiving turkey? We've got some suggestions.
For many Americans, the Thanksgiving hangover consists of waking before dawn to battle bargain-seeking crowds at the mall and scraping together meals made of cold turkey. But instead of noshing on a dry sandwich to ease the pain of missing out on that half-off game system, drown your sorrows in something totally unexpected.
10 Fave Recipes to Bring New Life to Your Leftovers
1. Thai Turkey Lettuce Wraps
This recipe calls for ground turkey, but you could easily substitute shredded or chopped poultry instead to make this spicy, citrusy, nutty and herbaceous dish. These wraps are light enough that they won't weigh you down as you trudge through the Black Friday crowds.
2. Turkey Shepherd's Pie
More comfort food – aww, yeah. That's what cold weather is about, so do it right with this super delish recipe for a spin on traditional shepherd's pie.
3. Turkey Pasta Primavera
Usually, pasta primavera is just pasta and veggies in cream sauce. This protein-enhanced version allows you to get rid of some of your leftovers, as well as sneak some broccoli and cauliflower into the family's diet.
4. Turkey and Cranberry Appetizer Pizza
When all else fails, you can always turn to pizza. To make this dish, just toss your leftovers into some dinner roll dough with some cheese and bake. Bam – Thanksgiving reborn in pizza form.
5. Teriyaki Turkey Sliders
These little Asian-inspired burgers call for ground turkey, but you can either coat slices of meat with the teriyaki sauce and make the sliders as usual, or simmer shredded meat in the sauce like you would pulled pork and serve on buns.
6. Turkey Stroganoff
The school lunch lady got everyone familiar with – and sick of – beef stroganoff. This recipe puts a fresh spin on the old school classic that's light, simple and comforting.
7. Creamy Turkey Burritos
Wrap just about anything up in a tortilla with cheese and salsa and you've got a decent meal in a pinch. These burritos will put good use to your leftover turkey and feed a crowd on a tight budget.
8. Buffalo-Style Turkey Tenderloin
Everyone loves a buffalo wing, but eating a dozen greasy morsels in one sitting isn't a great idea for the bulk of us. This recipe has all the flavor of buffalo wings sans fried skin, gristle and bones so you can have it for dinner without going into another poultry-induced hangover.
9. Turkey-Veggie Omelet
Is there anything you can't fill an omelet with? Well, yes, but turkey isn't one of them. Try this dish for some easy, filling morning-after nourishment.
10. Turkey Brie Biscuit Sandwiches
Flaky biscuits and rich, creamy brie dress up your leftovers like no one's business. This sammy is also given some extra flavor with the addition of ranch dressing.