Leftover Turkey Recipes From Around the World

Go beyond the turkey sandwich with these globally-inspired dishes. 


Turkey Banh Mi

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The beloved bahn mi gets stuffed with leftover turkey meat for a tasty twist on the classic Vietnamese sandwich. Crusty bread, pickled veg, fresh herbs, and creamy mayo—what more could you ask for? This is the Thanksgiving leftover sandwich you'll want to make again and again. Once the turkey runs out, pick up a rotisserie chicken and keep enjoying it all season long.

Get the recipe: Turkey Banh Mi


Turkey Rosemary Bolognese

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Get this sauce on the stove after all the guests are gone, and you can have an Italian dinner the next day. Because you'll have most of the base ingredients on hand from Thanksgiving prep, this bolognese comes together faster than the traditional Sunday sauce. The turkey bulks up the bolognese to create a protein-packed main, and it's delicious tossed with spaghetti. Serve with crusty bread to sop it all up.

Get the recipe: Turkey Rosemary Bolognese


Turkey and Cheese Pupusas

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These pan-fried pockets, made from corn flour and stuffed with cheese, are the perfect vessel for any leftover turkey meat. Spiced with cumin for a warm, Latin flavor, pupusas are great on their own, or serve 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


Sweet Potato and Turkey Tagine

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We gave leftover turkey meat the tagine treatment, and we can't stop eating it. The warmth and fragrance of ginger, turmeric, coriander, and cinnamon make this stew super satisfying. Serve the comforting meal on a chilly day with couscous or rice to soak up all of the flavor.

Get the recipe: Sweet Potato and Turkey Tagine


Turkey and Scallion Dumplings

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Finely chopped leftover turkey meat is mixed with scallions, ginger and garlic, and then smothered in a mix of 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 a great project to do together. Have fun experimenting with different dumpling shapes.

Get the recipe: Turkey and Scallion Dumplings


Green Chilaquiles

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Shred leftover turkey meat and make chilaquiles—you won't regret it. Complete with homemade oven-baked tortilla chips and a green enchilada sauce, this quick and warming dish will become your new go-to for leftovers. The sauce adds moisture back to the turkey meat, and thinly-sliced radishes offer fresh crunch. Enjoy for breakfast, as a snack, or as a meal with fried eggs on top.

Get the recipe: Green Chilaquiles