Leftover Turkey Recipes for the Week

16th Nov 2016 / By Guest Contributor

There’s nothing like feasting on juicy, delicious turkey on Thanksgiving eve. And while it’s clearly good on the day-of (especially with all of those delish sides!), we’re big believers that it’s even better the day (and the week!) after. Turkey sandwiches are good and all, but this year, we’re ready to mix things up a bit and use our leftover turkey to make some innovative and mouthwatering meals, instead.

Into it? We thought so! Read on for leftover turkey recipes to enjoy after Thanksgiving and beyond. The best part? These easy-to-whip-up recipes are the furthest thing from a snooze-fest.

Healthy Turkey Stuffed Bell Peppers
Delicious and nutritious, these baked beauties can be heated and re-heated, making them perfect if you’re into the whole meal prep thing.

What you’ll need:
1 large beaten egg
2 ½ cups leftover turkey
2 ½ cups leftover stuffing
kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper
4 yellow bell peppers, hollowed
1 ¾ c. shredded mozzarella
fresh parsley

What to do :
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, combine the egg, turkey, and stuffing. Then season with salt and pepper and mix again. Spoon the mixture into hollowed out bell peppers and top with the mozzarella. Put the peppers in a baking dish and bake until the cheese is melted, around 30 minutes. Garnish with the parsley and enjoy!

Ooey Gooey Turkey Cheese Dip
Who doesn’t love a piping hot bowl of cheese? Creamy and savory, this cheese dip tastes great with bread, crackers, or veggies. Serve it up for your in-laws the morning after Turkey Day.

What you’ll need:
2 ½ cups shredded cheese of your choice
2 tbsp parmesan cheese
½ onion, diced
1 ½ clove garlic, minced
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup diced turkey
1 round loaf of sourdough bread
chives for garnish

What to do:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Mix the cheeses, onion, garlic, mayo, and turkey in a large bowl and set aside. Carve the top of the loaf off with a knife, pull off the piece of bread, and scoop the inside with your hands. Pour the dip into the bowl and top with some extra cheese and a few sprinkles of chives. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes. Serve pieces of bread you tore out on the side for easy dipping!

Post-Thanksgiving Crunch Salad
Simple yet tasty, this healthy (and super crunchy!) salad is easy to make and perfect for the day after Thanksgiving when your pants are feeling snugger than usual. It’s so good, you’ll want to make it year round.

What you’ll need:
1 loaf corn bread
1 cup pecans
3 ½ cups turkey
¼ cup dried cranberries
12 cups arugula
½ cup balsamic vinegar

What to do:
Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Place the corn bread on a baking sheet in cubes and toast until brown. While waiting for the corn bread to cook, toast the pecans in a skillet until they’re lightly browned. In a large bowl, toss turkey, pecans, cranberries, and greens with the balsamic. Add the croutons and enjoy!

Do you have a go-to post-Thanksgiving recipe? Share it with us in the comment section below!

Big thank you to Chef Gabino A., over at Guckenheimer for creating these delicious recipes for us!

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