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Turkey 35 Ways Slideshow

Turkey 35 Ways Slideshow

The best recipes for turkey—in every shape and form

Nearly every table in America — 88 percent of them to be exact — will feature a plump and golden roast turkey this year.

Everybody digs into the feast with gusto — but there always seems to be an excess of turkey meat after the meal, begging the question: What can you do with the cold turkey meat lurking in your fridge long after the mashed potatoes, stuffing, and gravy run dry?

Beyond the holiday, turkey is a meat usually relegated to summertime turkey burgers and wholesome white bread turkey sandwiches lovingly packed into lunch boxes. It’s all pretty run-of-the-mill boring, don’t you think?

But turkey is a mild, lean meat, making it as versatile as it is delicious, and we should be doing more than simply roasting the bird whole, building lunchtime sandwiches, or reheating Thanksgiving leftovers.

Here is an ultimate turkey recipe roundup to show you all the wonderful things you can do with turkey — the white meat, the dark meat, and even the mangled roasted carcass. From Thanksgiving turkey, to ingenious leftover-inspired recipes, to recipes you could make all year round, check out this list of 35 awesome turkey recipes

Turkey 35 Ways

Nearly every table in America — 88 percent of them to be exact — will feature a plump and golden roast turkey this year.

Everybody digs into the feast with gusto — but there always seems to be an excess of turkey meat after the meal, begging the question: What can you do with the cold turkey meat lurking in your fridge long after the mashed potatoes, stuffing, and gravy run dry?

Beyond the holiday, turkey is a meat usually relegated to summertime turkey burgers and wholesome white bread turkey sandwiches lovingly packed into lunch boxes. From Thanksgiving turkey, to ingenious leftover-inspired recipes, to recipes you could make all year round, check out this list of 35 awesome turkey recipes

Barbecue Turkey Wings

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Pan-Seared Turkey With Gremolata

Easy Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe

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Ground Turkey Stuffed Peppers

Orecchiette With Turkey and Broccoli

Roasted Turkey Tenderloins

Smoked Turkey

To smoke a turkey, put the bird on a rack in a large, deep aluminum pan, and place the pan in the smoker. Smoke it for five hours and then serve one of the tastiest turkeys you will ever come across.

Spinach Stuffed Turkey Breast

Spinach, Tomato, and Turkey Pizza

Spiced Turkey and Avocado Tacos

Slow-Cooker Turkey Fajita Soup

The Barefoot Contessa's Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast

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Turkey, Apple, Cranberry Salad

Turkey à la Pho

This take on phở is in no way authentic, but the long-simmering broth has wonderful flavor and depth that will certainly hit the spot almost like an authentic bowl of phở would.

Turkey Laab

Laab is a Thai ground meat dish, and this version is made by mincing leftover turkey meat very finely. The turkey is then paired with vegetables and tossed in a citrusy dressing, topped with mint and cilantro, and placed on toasted bread.

Turkey Leftover Empanada

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Turkey Meatballs on a Stick

Turkey Meatloaf

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Turkey Nachos

Taco seasoning and a splash of beer create a flavorful base for these nachos. Feel free to mix up the ingredients — substitute black beans for pinto or use halved cherry tomatoes and fresh jalapeños in the pico.

Turkey Noodle Soup

Turkey Pot Pie

Turkey Stroganoff With Mushrooms and Cranberries

Turkey Stock

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Turkey Soup With Dumplings

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Make this soup with turkey stock and leftover turkey. Along with the dumplings and the earthiness of the vegetables, this dish is pure comfort. Be sure to use a hearty and thick noodle, like orzo, to stand up against prolonged heat and exposure to moisture.

Turkey Tenderloin Cranberry Sandwich

For many, one of the best things about Thanksgiving is the turkey sandwich that gets made with all of the delicious leftovers! This recipe will enable you to make a delicious turkey sandwich, full of festive flavor without having to roast an entire turkey.

Turkey Tetrazzini With Mushrooms, Bacon, Garlic, and Herbs

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White Turkey Lasagna

Wild Rice and Turkey Chowder

Yogurt-Glazed Roast Turkey