Healthy Dry Turkey Jerky with Herbs and Spices

6 Inspired Ideas For Leftover Turkey

Food plays such an important role in holiday celebrations, and this is especially true at Thanksgiving (a.k.a. Turkey Day)! If you are going to go through all the work anyway, you might as well make a big bird. But what are you going to do with all those tasty leftovers? There are only so many times you can repeat Thanksgiving dinner reheated in your microwave cabinet. Instead, check out these six inspired ideas for leftover turkey!

Turkey Jerky

Yes, it is absolutely possible to make jerky out of leftover Thanksgiving turkey! Here is an easy recipe from HGTV that may just become your new post-holiday tradition. All you need is an oven (or dehydrator), a wire rack, and a few basic ingredients from your kitchen pantry cabinet for the marinade. Click here for instructions on making Turkey Jerky from HGTV.

Homemade Wild Rice and Chicken SoupAfter-Thanksgiving Soup

When the temperatures drop, nothing warms you up like a big bowl of homemade soup. This creamy After-Thanksgiving Turkey Soup is simple to make and comfort food at its best. It also uses the carcass of your turkey, so nothing goes to waste! For the test-kitchen approved recipe from Taste of Home, click here.

Turkey Cheese Dip

Served in a sourdough bread bowl, this Turkey Cheese Dip recipe from Delish calls for diced  turkey, mayo, garlic, and onions, plus gooey Parmesan and Colby-Jack cheese. Yum! Serve with whole wheat crackers, tortilla chips, celery, and baby carrots. For the complete recipe from Delish, click here.

Turkey, Cranberry, And Brie Wraps

Move over boring turkey sandwiches! These Turkey, Cranberry, and Brie Wraps from Good Housekeeping transform Thanksgiving leftovers into something spectacular in mere minutes! Click here to learn how to make them, pull up a stool at the kitchen island, and enjoy!

Chicken EnchiladasTurkey Enchiladas

This spicy dinner is easy to whip up with leftover turkey, chopped green chilis, and a can of Cream of Celery soup from your kitchen pantry cabinet. Topped with melted Cheddar cheese, enchiladas are a quick and clever way to repurpose leftover Thanksgiving turkey. For the recipe from Campbells, click here.

Turkey Pizza

Imagine a homemade pizza topped with bacon, sour cream, scallions, and Monterey Jack cheese — plus leftover turkey and mashed potatoes, too! Now that’s something to be grateful for. Pull up your heavy duty mixer, and click here for the Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Pizza recipe from The Spruce Eats.

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