The highlight of every Thanksgiving dinner is the giant turkey. This 14+ pound bird is one massive main dish. It seems like there are always a ton of Thanksgiving leftovers and only so many ways to use them. We have some tips for storing your leftover turkey meat so that it stays fresh for as long as possible. Firstly you want to take all the meat off the bones. After your meal is over and the guests have gone home, get messy taking apart the bird. Strip all the flesh off and store it in a sealed contained in your refrigerator. Keep the turkey carcass in the fridge too because it can make some fantastic soup. Read more for our top 10 left over turkey recipes.

1. Turkey Soup

Turn that turkey carcass into beautiful turkey soup. The bones hold a ton of flavor so don’t throw them out until you make stock. Boil it for as long as possible to extract all the flavor.

2. Hot Turkey Sandwiches

This is the classic leftover turkey recipe. Heat all the fixings between some bread and some rich basil mayo. The fresh cheese, bread, and turkey make the ultimate leftover sandwich.

3. Turkey Pot Pie

This is our favorite use of leftover turkey because it really transforms it. Pot pies are a great freezer meal. Prepare everything in advanced and stick it in your freezer. Thaw the night before and bake like the directions say.

4. California Turkey Club Wrap

Turn that poultry meat into a great lunch by taking your tastebuds to California. Think of the leftover turkey as cold cuts and use them where you’d put lunch meats.

5. Turkey Tetrazzini

Turkey is very low in fat and super high in protein. We like to think that means you can be a bit naughty with the rest of the meal. This delicious pasta bake has a rich sauce and is covered in cheese.

6. Turkey Avocado Flatbread

Make a flatbread that also doubles as a salad! This bright and colorful flatbread is loaded with veggies and makes great use of your leftover thanksgiving turkey.

7. Creamy Turkey Gnocchi Soup

Needing soup to warm your soul? This bowl of rich and creamy goodness will do the trick! Packed with Gnocchi and leftover turkey, you absolutely can’t go wrong with this recipe.

8. Caramelized Onion and Cream Cheese Turkey Enchiladas

A gourmet twist on a Mexican classic is packed with caramelized onions, cream cheese and piles of leftover turkey.

9. Leftover Turkey Shepherd’s Pie

Not sure what to do with all your cooked veggie and turkey leftovers? This shepherd’s pie will blow you away with how delicious it is!

10. Greek Turkey and Rice Skillet

Turn your Thanksgiving meal into a Greek delicacy with this flavorful skillet! Some fresh squeezed lemon will take it from good to incredible!

Lindsay Duncan

Lindsay loves cooking fun and creative meals for friends and family. At home, you can find her trying out a new recipe found on Pinterest while trying to balance her husband's sweet tooth with her healthy eating habits. If she's not in the kitchen, you'll find Lindsay photographing people she loves and going out with friends to try the newest restaurant in her small town.

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