Thanksgiving is a time to express gratitude with family, friends and most importantly, food.
However, once the guests have left and the table has been cleared, many homes may face large amounts of turkey and several accessories that still need to be eaten.
Fortunately, there are several delicious recipes out there to use your turkey leftovers from the infamous Friends sandwiches for amazing spring rolls.
1. Turkey Quesadilla
Tierraal Diggins’ recipe is for an amazing Mexican take on any leftover turkey.
Start with tortillas, Thanksgiving turkey, grated cheese, in addition to the spices, salt, Cajun spices and black pepper.
Then place a generous amount of these ingredients on half a tortilla, fold it and place it in a hot and dry frying pan.
Then cook for a few minutes on each side, making sure they do not burn on before serving when the cheese is visibly melted.
2. Moist Maker Sandwich
One of the most iconic scenes from Friends finds Ross obsessed with Monica’s Thanksgiving sandwich with soaked bread in the middle.
Jamie Milne has now taken to TikTok to recreate one of TV’s most famous bread-based snacks.
After toasting two slices of bread, spread herb butter on a slice of bread, which will sit at the bottom, followed by mashed potatoes and leftover turkey.
Then soak a third, toasted slice of bread in the sauce and place it on top. Then add cranberry sauce, stuffing and spinach.
Finally, spread even more herbal butter on the top slice of bread and add to the sandwich before slicing and serving.
3. Turkey shepherd pie
Crista Santos swears by this Thanksgiving snack, especially when eaten on a cold evening.
She places a generous amount of vegetable leftovers and minced meat in a pie crust of foil and adds enough sauce to cover the ingredients abundantly.
Then place any remaining filling on top before spreading cold mashed potatoes and heating in an oven at 350F (180C).
4. Turkey spring rolls with cranberry-peanut sauce
Chef Brenda describes this innovative twist to the Thanksgiving leftover cannon as a “satisfying meal.”
For the sauce, mix peanut butter, chili garlic seasoning, hoisin sauce, fish sauce and a generous spoonful of cranberries to taste.
Now place a variety of Thanksgiving turkey leftovers plus scrambled eggs and spinach on a platter.
Rice paper sheets should then be soaked in warm water and placed on a plate before you start collecting the spring rolls, where Chef Brenda adjusts all the ingredients vertically close to the top.
5. Turkey Enchiladas
Alexa’s method of recycling leftover food is as easy to make as it is said to be healthy.
To begin, soften an onion, garlic and one or two jalapeños in a frying pan before adding three cups of shredded turkey meat.
Then mix a can of rinsed and drained black beans, two cups of Monterey Jack cheese and a little lime juice in a bowl.
Once all the ingredients are combined and blended, use this to fill eight tortillas, which when rolled, packed in an ovenproof dish, soaked in enchilada sauce, topped with extra cheese and baked.
6. Turkey salad
Brittany suggests this method to create a slightly easier way to make use of the remains of birds that she often enjoys for lunch.
She adds to a bowl of turkey, red onion, celery, dried cranberries and a generous blob of mayonnaise.
Then add lemon juice, salt and pepper, mustard and chopped almonds to the mixture, which then just need to be stirred well.
She suggests that this can be served in a sandwich, on a salad bed or even with biscuits.
7. Cheesy turkey croquettes
Shay Spence recommends chopping leftover turkey and mixing this with potato.
He then sets up a “breading station,” offering one bowl of beaten egg, another with flour, and a third of spicy breadcrumbs.
Now take a handful of the potato-turkey mixture with an added piece of cheese in the middle before sprinkling with flour, dipping in the egg and finally the crumbs.
These balls must then be called in the refrigerator before they can be fried in a pan with neutral oil.
8. Turkey Potato
Liz Capi recommends using any turkey leftovers from November 25th to create a healthy dinner the day after.
She starts by making a volute sauce with a dollop of butter before adding sliced celery, carrot and onion.
Then add half a cup of flour, three cups of chicken stock, boil to boil and add half a cup of peas, corn, spices and turkey leftovers.
Once this mixture has cooled, it is poured into a pie dish lined with egg-washed pastry, and a dough lid is cut that is slightly cut over so that the air can escape, and baked for 30 minutes.
9. Turkey Pho
Christy Nguyễn believes this recipe prevents food waste on Thanksgiving.
She begins by tearing all the meat from the bones and adding it to a pan filled with about 1 gallon of water to make a broth.
Add an onion, a piece of ginger, sugar, star anise and chicken soup base powder.
Fresh pho noodles should only be immersed in hot water for 15 seconds before they become soft, and these should be drained, moved to a bowl before turkey and the now prepared soup are added.
Finally, add a little chopped spring onion, coriander, bean sprouts and a dash of lime before serving.
10. Philippine turkey soup
This Filipino recipe is a smart method to use leftover turkey.
Melt a dollop of butter and add the onion and garlic, then soak for about three minutes before adding the carrots and celery.
Add salt and pepper to taste before adding turkey broth, which you can make yourself, by boiling the bird’s legs for about an hour.
Foam away any scum that may come up to the surface, then add the meat and a sprinkle of chicken broth.
In a separate pan, cook some macaroni, which prevents the pasta from soaking up an excess of soup.
Then add macaroni, a can of evaporated milk, a little cabbage and season with fish sauce.
11. Creamy wild rice and turkey soup
This recipe promises to make a balanced meal in a single pot, to save on excessive dishwashing later.
Start with a wide selection of seasonal fresh vegetables, with the chef on this occasion including onions, carrots, celery and mushrooms.
Once softened, wild rice is introduced to the pan and then some quality chicken stock.
Stir in turkey leftovers when the rice is almost cooked, then add a little cream, fresh spinach before serving.
12. Yorkshire Wrap
This recipe by Grace Keen is a unique British bid for the dilemma of what to do with quantities of turkey.
Start by adding a good glue of olive oil to a dish and let it heat in a 200C oven.
While this is heating, mix 230 g of plain flour, three eggs, a teaspoon of baking powder, a little salt and pepper and then stir, very gradually, in 300 ml of milk.
When the dough is nice and smooth, add it to the dish with hot oil and bake for about 30 minutes, or until golden.
Cut the resulting Yorkshire pudding in half and add any Thanksgiving leftovers of your choice.
13. Thanksgiving Leftover Eggs Benedict
Shay Spence describes his dish as “the best thing to do with Thanksgiving leftovers.”
The cook begins with cold fillings that are pressed together sufficiently so that they can be cut out into meatballs.
Then add these to a frying pan lined with sizzling butter, with some slices of turkey next to it shortly after.
Once the parries and meat are caramelized, take it off the pan, add more butter and fry some eggs.
Once cooked, place a little turkey on top of the patty, top with an egg, then add a little leftover sauce and serve.
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