Right about now, you may be deep in a food coma that only a post-Thanksgiving morning can provide. You may be staring at the obscene amount of leftover turkey in the fridge and telling yourself "I will never eat again," but mark our words—you will get hungry. Because food-coma hunger strikes more unexpectedly than any other type, our advice to you is this: Prepare yourself. But there's good news as well. While others might be watching football or holiday movies, napping, or playing outside, you have all the time in the world to try your hand at a brand-new recipe—one that could take 30 minutes or three hours to make, and one that will taste nothing like the leftovers you just used to make it.
Once the whole house is fragrant with that wonderful cooking smell, the entire family will emerge, finally hungry, from their food coma. Do you want to transform your Thanksgiving turkey into Mexican enchiladas or a Vietnamese pho? Are you craving soup or fried rice? Put your apron back on—we found the best leftover turkey recipes you need today.
Egg and Turkey Banh Mi
For a twist on the classic brunch turkey sandwich, try I Am a Food Blog's Vietnamese egg and turkey banh mi, which replaces regular mayo for a spicy kewpie mayo and swaps greens for quick-pickled vegetables. Top with cucumber, cilantro, and fried eggs.
One-Pot Cheesy Turkey Tamale Pie
Every morning after Thanksgiving, we vow to never eat again. The food coma can be all too real for all of us overindulgers. But come nighttime, we invariably get hungry. Half Baked Harvest's one-pot turkey tamale pie is quick to prepare and cooks in an hour to feed all the suddenly hungry mouths in your home.
Leftover Turkey, Mushroom, and Brie Puff Pastries
No one said you had to turn your leftovers into a full-blown meal. If you've had enough of turkey, maybe you'd prefer to turn your leftovers into a snack that you can reheat when your heart desires. An Edible Mosaic's turkey, mushroom, and brie puff pastries do just that. Better yet, they dip beautifully in your leftover cranberry sauce.
Green Chile Butternut Squash and Turkey Enchiladas With Crispy Sage
One of the rules of using Thanksgiving turkey leftovers is that you should make the meal radically different from the holiday dinner you just ate. Otherwise, you may as well just reheat last night's meal. Half Baked Harvest's turkey enchiladas achieve just that. Bonus: They're really easy to make.
Turkey Fried Rice
This is the perfect no-fuss recipe for those who have suddenly large appetites and no time to waste. I Am a Food Blog's turkey fried rice is insanely easy to make, and it probably uses ingredients you already have at home (assuming you keep basics like onions, rice, and soy sauce handy at all times).
Turkey Pot Pie Soup
If you're looking for something simultaneously healthy, hearty, and easy to prepare, Foodie Crush's turkey pot pie soup is for you. Serve with pie crust toppers in lieu of crackers or bread.
Thanksgiving Turkey Gumbo
Looking for a dish to spice up your turkey leftovers and feed a large brood? Look no further than Half Baked Harvest's Thanksgiving turkey gumbo. Better yet, it also uses your leftover gravy, cranberry sauce, and mashed potatoes or rice.
Turkey Pho Recipe
This classic Vietnamese dish not only uses your leftover turkey meat but also recycles the entire carcass—great for your zero-waste endeavor. I Am a Food Blog's turkey pho recipe is easier than you think, and it's exactly the type of healthy post–food coma meal you probably need right now.