One of Latin America’s most traditional sandwiches is the Elena Ruth, pictured here. (Photo/Betty Cortina)

Have Thanksgiving turkey leftovers? 3 delicious ways to use them

The Thanksgiving feast may be over, but here’s a disappointing newsflash for moms and dads who might have spent days preparing for the meal – you’ll have to feed the family again the next day! Luckily, those Thanksgiving leftovers you likely have in the fridge can be the starting point for a number of delicious, flavor-packed meals. From belly-warming turkey noodle soup, savory turkey tostadas and an elegant Elena Ruz sandwich made by pressing moist turkey between slices of crusty bread spread with cream cheese, here are three simple recipes with which to give your leftovers a delicious makeover.

BloggerGina Homolka's recipe for comforting noodle soup makes fantastic use of Thanksgiving turkey leftovers.

Blogger Gina Homolka’s recipe for comforting noodle soup makes fantastic use of Thanksgiving turkey leftovers. (Photo/Courtesy Gina Homolka )

Turkey noodle soup.

Nothing evokes comfort quite like a warming bowl of noodle soup and this recipe by Latina food blogger Gina Homolka incorporates leftover turkey in ways that are both easy and delicious. An added bonus? The soup relies on fresh herbs and healthy vegetables for a figure-friendly, crowd-pleasing one-pot meal. Click here for the recipe.

One of Latin America's most traditional sandwiches is the Elena Ruth, pictured here.

One of Latin America’s most traditional sandwiches is the Elena Ruth, pictured here. (Photo/Betty Cortina)

Elena Ruth

In many households from coast to coast, preparing a mile-high sandwich thick with leftover turkey the day after Thanksgiving is nearly a sacred ritual. And while there’s nothing wrong with stacking all of the leftovers between two crusty slices of bread, we’re big fans of the Elena Ruth: a savory-sweet sandwich that layers turkey, sweet strawberry jam and whipped cream cheese. Click here for the recipe.

Crunchy tostadas topped with  turkey and a drizzle of a spicy-sweet savina pepper and tamarind BBQ sauce are easy to make.

Crunchy tostadas topped with turkey and a drizzle of a spicy-sweet savina pepper and tamarind BBQ sauce are easy to make. (Photo/Courtesy Ericka Sanchez)

Savina Pepper and Tamarind BBQ Sauce Turkey Tostadas

Savina peppers are among the hottest chiles in the world (approximately 65 times hotter than jalapeño chiles!), but they’re the star in a spicy-sweet barbecue sauce recipe created by Mexican food blogger Ericka Sanchez. Using shredded leftover turkey and a few simple ingredients you most likely have on hand (fresh cilantro, red onion and corn tortillas), it’s easy to whip up this mouth-watering recipe sure to wake up your taste buds after the heavy Thanksgiving meal. Click here for the recipe here. 

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