We're going cold turkey on the sad sandwiches. Give your bird the attention it deserves with one of these flavor-packed dishes.

By Betty Gold
Updated November 22, 2019
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The only thing almost as delicious as a Thanksgiving turkey? Leftover Thanksgiving turkey. Nope, we're not talking about cold sandwiches with a shmear of gloppy gravy: we mean real-deal recipes that honor your beautifully roasted bird. Here, you'll find six delicious ways to put your leftover turkey—dark and white meat, in all of their golden-brown glory—to work. If you find yourself compelled to roast a second bird upon reading, we can't be held responsible.

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Here, finely chopped leftover turkey meat gets mixed with scallions, ginger, and garlic. You'll smother this mix in tamari, sesame oil, and rice vinegar for the perfect day-after-Thanksgiving dumpling. This recipe comes together quickly, and if you have little helpers around in the kitchen (or out-of-town guests), it’s the perfect project to do together.

Get the recipe: Turkey and Scallion Dumplings

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Yep, we just gave leftover turkey meat the tagine treatment. The warmth and fragrance of ginger, turmeric, coriander, and cinnamon make this stew so satisfying. Serve with couscous or rice to soak up all of the flavor.

Get the recipe: Sweet Potato and Turkey Tagine

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Get this sauce on the stove after all the guests are gone, and you'll have yourself a fully Italian dinner the next day. Because you'll have most of the base ingredients on hand from Thanksgiving prep, this bolognese will come together faster than the traditional Sunday sauce.

Get the recipe: Turkey Rosemary Bolognese

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These pan-fried pockets, made from corn flour and stuffed with cheese, are the perfect use for any leftover turkey meat. Spiced with cumin for a warm, Latin flavor, pupusas are great on their own, but you can also serve them with a crisp slaw for a complete meal. Once you master the technique of stuffing and shaping these Salvadoran treats into a patty, you’ll want to keep making them long after the turkey leftovers are gone.

Get the recipe: Turkey and Cheese Pupusas

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Complete with homemade oven-baked tortilla chips and a green enchilada sauce, this recipe for chilaquiles is about to become your new go-to for leftovers. The sauce adds moisture back to the turkey meat, and thinly sliced radishes bring all the fresh crunch. Enjoy for breakfast with fried eggs on top.

Get the recipe: Green Chilaquiles

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Here, the beloved banh mi gets stuffed with leftover turkey meat for a tasty twist on the Vietnamese sandwich. Crusty bread, pickled veggies, fresh herbs, and creamy mayo make for a Thanksgiving leftover sandwich you'll want to make again and again.

Get the recipe: Turkey Banh Mi