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21 Totally Delicious Things You Can Do With Leftover Turkey

Toast + Thanksgiving Leftovers = Heaven.

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The day after Thanksgiving, we acknowledge an absolute truth: The leftovers are the best part.

You're a little tired, a little cranky, maybe hungover. But: 🙌 There's a fridge full of leftovers waiting for you.

You can house a tupperware of cold turkey, there's no shame in that. But if you want a little something more, may I suggest: TOAST.

Here are 21 ways to make your leftover turkey into easy, delicious toasts.

1. Cheese Plate Toast

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Top a piece of toast with a generous dollop of fig jam. Top with thick slices of brie, turkey, and apple slices. Sprinkle with chopped fresh rosemary and season with salt and pepper.

2. Buffalo Wing Toast

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Toss turkey with buffalo wing sauce until it's coated and tastes spicy enough. Pile onto a piece of toast and top with crumbled blue cheese and sliced cucumbers. Season with salt and pepper.


PRO TIP
: Persian cucumbers are small enough to stay easily on the toast. But any cucumbers will work.

3. Mediterranean Toast

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Top a piece of toast with sliced roasted red peppers, turkey, sunflower seeds, and crumbled feta. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Top with chopped dill just before eating.

4. Hungover Toast

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Smear a thick layer of store-bought spinach artichoke dip on toast. Top with turkey, potato chips, and a big grind of pepper.

5. Salad Bar Toast

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Spread a layer of hummus on toast. Top with grated carrot, turkey, halved cherry tomatoes and pickled banana peppers. Season with salt and pepper.

6. Tangy-Zesty Toast

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Spread a piece of toast with mayo and then squeeze a wedge of lemon over it. Top with turkey, roasted red peppers, and black olives. Season with salt and pepper.

7. Mediterranean Toast

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Top a piece of toast with a thick layer of ricotta cheese. Layer turkey, chickpeas, and pomegranate seeds on top. Season with salt and pepper and sprinkle with fresh mint just before eating.

8. Sushi-Lovers' Toast

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Spread miso-cream cheese (recipe below) on a piece of toast. Top with turkey, soy sauce, scallions, and sesame seeds.

PRO TIP: To make 1 serving of miso-cream cheese, stir together 3 tablespoons cream cheese and 1 tablespoon white miso paste.

9. French Toast

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Top a pice of toast with thinly sliced dill pickles, a chopped hard-boiled egg, and turkey. Season with salt and pepper, drizzle with your favorite vinaigrette and sprinkle with parsley.

PRO TIP: For a basic Dijon vinaigrette, whisk together 2 tablespoons olive oil and 1 tablespoon each red wine vinegar and Dijon mustard.

10. Fall-Obsessives' Toast

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Spread a thick layer of leftover mashed sweet potatoes on a slice of toast. Top with turkey and then drizzle with balsamic glaze. Sprinkle with sage leaves and season with salt and pepper.


PRO TIP
: You can buy balsamic glaze at the grocery store or make it at home. Here's how to make it: Reduce about 1 cup of balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan over low heat for about 10 minutes. Keep an eye on it so that it doesn't burn.

11. Health Nut Toast

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Top a piece of toast with sautéed spinach, turkey, chopped toasted pecans, and shaved Parmesan. Season with salt and pepper.

12. Hipster Toast

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Spread Sriracha butter (recipe below) on a piece of toast. Top with turkey, chopped avocado, a squeeze of fresh lime, and more Sriracha to taste. Season with salt and pepper.

PRO TIP: To make 1 serving of Sriracha butter, stir together 2 tablespoons of softened butter and 1 teaspoon of sriracha.

13. Muffuletta Toast

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Spread a thin layer of olive tapenade on toast. Top with thinly sliced pickles, sliced salami, sliced provolone, turkey, and parsley. Season with salt and pepper.

14. Sweet and Savory Toast

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Top a piece of toast with a generous layer of cherry jam. Top with turkey and crumbled goat cheese. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

15. Croque-Madame Toast

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Top a piece of toast with a smear of dijonnaise. Put turkey and gruyère on top, then bake in a toaster oven (or your real oven) until the cheese is melted and the turkey is hot. Top with a fried egg and parsley. Season with salt and pepper.

PRO TIPS: To make 1 serving of dijonnaise, stir together 1 tablespoon each of mayonnaise and Dijon mustard.

If you can't find gruyère, try Swiss cheese or an aged cheddar.

16. Pizza Toast

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Spread marinara on a piece of toast, then top with sliced fresh mozzarella and turkey. Season with salt and pepper, then sprinkle with basil.

17. Enchilada Toast

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Smash some canned black beans onto a piece of toast. Top with enchilada sauce, turkey, and a layer of cheddar. Bake in a toaster oven (or your real oven) until the cheese is melted and the turkey is hot. Season with salt and pepper and sprinkle with cilantro.

18. BLT Toast

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Spread some mayonnaise on a piece of toast. Top with lettuce, sun-dried tomatoes, and crumbled bacon. Season with salt and pepper.

19. Ranch-Lovers' Toast

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Start by drizzling a piece of toast with ranch dressing and then top it with turkey, cheddar, tomatoes, and red onions. Drizzle with more ranch and season with salt and pepper.

20. Curried Toast

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Stir turkey and curry mayo together and then scoop onto a piece of toast. Top with halved grapes, cilantro, and sliced almonds. Season with salt and pepper.

PRO TIP: To make 1 serving of curry mayo, stir 1/2 teaspoon curry powder into 2 tablespoons mayonnaise.

21. Sweet And Spicy Toast

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Spread some mango chutney onto a piece of toast. Top with turkey, shredded cheddar, and cilantro. Season with salt and pepper and then dollop with more mango chutney, if you want.

PRO TIP: Look for Major Grey's mango chutney in the supermarket. It's classic and tastes great with turkey and cheddar.