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9 Unique Recipes for Thanksgiving Leftovers

Whip up something more inspired than your usual turkey-and-cranberry-sauce sandwich

Turkey croquettes with rocket salad and cranberry sauce, Unique Recipes for Thanksgiving Leftovers (Getty Images)

Go beyond the turkey sandwich with unique Thanksgiving leftovers recipes, like turkey croquettes with rocket salad and cranberry sauce. — Getty Images

'Twas the day after Thanksgiving and all through the house … were thoughts of cold turkey and gluey mashed potatoes stored away in the fridge.

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But your holiday dinner leftovers needn't be so unappealing! Try these eclectic recipes that perform a little magic, turning the remains of yesterday into delicious new meals.

1. Minted Mushroom Turkey Ragout

by Michele Urvater

Mint brings fresh flavor to your leftover turkey and any unused fresh mushrooms still in your fridge. The only other ingredients you'll need are olive oil, salt and pepper, though you could add a can of white beans to make it a heartier meal (and stock to make it a soup).

Per serving: 195 calories, 1g saturated fat, 5g carbohydrates, 27g protein, 2g fiber, 366mg sodium

2. Turkey Croquettes

by Sheila Lukins and Julee Rosso

This recipe puts a polished (and, yes, more labor-intensive) spin on the classic next-day turkey sandwich. Use a combination of dark and light meat in these tasty little patties, then top them with leftover gravy.

Per serving: 365 calories, 6g saturated fat, 25g carbohydrates, 25g protein, 3g fiber, 582mg sodium

3. Day-After Turkey Hash Masala

by Suvir Saran

Serve up this 15-minute recipe for breakfast the morning after Thanksgiving dinner. Its mix of flavors, including curry leaves (which are optional), cumin and black mustard seeds, and chilies, makes it a whole different meal. You could serve it with a toasted piece of leftover cornbread.

Per serving: 322 calories, 3g saturated fat, 6g carbohydrates, 36g protein, 2g fiber, 1306mg sodium

4. Creole Turkey Salad

by Andrew Schloss

Try a tangy and spicy variation on a classic chicken salad, made crunchy with diced celery and red onion. You can serve it on whole-wheat bread or in lettuce cups for a light lunch, and cut back on the mayo if you're concerned about the fat content.

Per serving: 298 calories, 3g saturated fat, 7g carbohydrates, 28g protein, 1g fiber, 614g sodium

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