12 Ideas for Thanksgiving Leftovers from Valley Chefs

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Kristen Taylor
The turkey sandwich isn't the only dish on the leftovers list.
Nearly as anticipated as the feast, the post-Thanksgiving turkey sandwich has a place in our hearts all its own.

This week, I asked Valley chefs and restaurateurs their favorite ideas for Thanksgiving leftovers. Here, along with tips for stepping-up turkey sandwiches (think slathered in jalapeño and cilantro aioli and wrapped up as a burrito), you'll find leftover love in the form of soups, noodle dishes, and even breakfast items.

Happy Thanksgiving.

See also: 25 Thanksgiving Dinner Tips from Valley Chefs

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Chef Rich Hinojosa,
The Wigwam

Potato gnocchi with mushrooms, blue cheese, and some of the leftover confit turkey meat.

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Chef Theresa Wille,
32 Shea

With all the leftover turkey and gravy, I love making turkey waffles and topping them off with gravy for a morning breakfast.

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Adam Allison
Chef and Owner, Frank. Food Truck

Burritos. Shred up some of the heated turkey and add some fire-roasted poblano peppers, onions, avocado, jack cheese, and some mole. Best thing ever. Who doesn't love burritos?

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Giovanni (Gino) Leonel
Chef and Owner, La Prima Donna Ristorante & Catering

With the weather getting colder, I like to make a soup with it. It changes the whole spirit of the dish and becomes something completely new and awesome. Look for a recipe like Ribolita Soup and just add shredded turkey.

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