10 creative recipes for Thanksgiving leftovers

Get creative with those holiday leftovers filling up the fridge. These recipes offer delicious alternatives to yet another turkey sandwich.

Turkey Enchiladas with Sour Cream

Switch up the holiday flavors and try these tasty enchiladas. We like to serve them with a quick cabbage and lime slaw.

Notes: Use any favorite, good-quality salsa, red or green, for these enchiladas. The recipe is a great way to use up leftover holiday turkey, but if you don't have turkey on hand, shredded cooked chicken is a good substitute. Serve the enchiladas with a simple Mexican coleslaw of shredded cabbage dressed with lime juice and cumin.


  • 3 cups shredded skinned cooked turkey (see notes)
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • About 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese (8 oz.)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • 1 jar (16 oz.) medium-hot salsa (see notes)


  1. In a bowl, mix turkey, sour cream, 2 cups shredded cheese, and the salt.
  2. Heat oil in an 8- to 10-inch frying pan over low heat. Dip the tortillas, one at a time, in the hot oil just until limp, about 5 seconds.
  3. Fill tortillas equally with turkey mixture, roll up, and arrange side by side, seam down, in a 9- by 13-inch baking dish. Pour salsa evenly over the top.
  4. Bake in a 350° oven until heated through, about 20 minutes. If desired, sprinkle more shredded cheese over hot enchiladas before serving.

Yield: Makes 6 servings

Turkey Noodle Stir-fry

Forget turkey sandwiches-use leftover holiday turkey to make this Asian-inspired dinner.

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Chili Turkey Wraps

These make a healthful, filling, and tasty lunch or light supper.

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Cranberry Pork Tenderloin

Use your leftover cranberry sauce as a elegant finish to this pork dinner. We like it served with a fresh green salad with pears and pecans.

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