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Eastern European Leftover Turkey Recipes

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If you have a mountain of leftover turkey from your Thanksgiving Dinner Eastern European Style (or anytime you have turkey), and sandwiches just aren't cutting it anymore, try one of these Eastern European recipes that uses turkey creatively.

1. Croatian Turkey Lasagna Recipe

Croatian Turkey Lasagna
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Substitute leftover cooked turkey for the chicken in this casserole recipe.

2. Slovenian Turkey Loaf Recipe

Slovenian Turkey Loaf
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Substitute turkey for the ham in this Slovenian loaf recipe. Pair it with Bulgarian Potatoes Au Gratin and a green salad or vegetable, and you have a great meal.

3. Hungarian Pumpkin-Turkey Goulash Recipe

Goulash
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This nontraditional recipe for pumpkin-turkey goulash is a spin on traditional Hungarian goulash and a good way to use leftover turkey. Use spicy or sweet Hungarian paprika, or a combination, in the dish and serve with nokedli dumplings.

4. Easy Polish Cream of Turkey or Chicken Soup Recipe - Krem z Indyk lub Kurczaka

Polish Cream of Turkey or Chicken Soup
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This easy recipe for Polish cream of turkey or chicken soup or krem z indyk lub kurczaka (krrem z EEN-dik loob koorr-CHAH-kah) is a good use for leftover poultry. And if you make your own stock with the turkey or chicken carcass, it will taste even better. But bouillion cubes or canned stock will do.

5. Polish Crepes with Creamed Turkey Recipe - Nalesniki z Indyka

Polish Creamed Turkey Crepes
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This recipe for Polish crepes with creamed turkey or naleśniki z indyka (nah-lezh-NEE-kee z een-DIH-kah) is a great way to use up leftover turkey. In fact, if you make cream of turkey soup, all you have to do is thicken the soup and, voila, you have a wonderful crepe filling. These nalesniki have no added oil or butter and are cooked in a nonstick pan, decreasing some of the calorie load.

6. Polish Turkey Broth with Pancakes Recipe - Rosoł z Indyka z Nalesnikow

Polish Turkey Broth with Pancakes
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This recipe for Polish turkey broth with pancakes or rosół z indyka z naleśników (RAW-soo z een-DIH-kah z nah-lezh-NEE-koov) is actually made with crepes, known as nalesniki in Polish. It's a common way to serve soup through much of Eastern Europe and Central Europe including Germany. This is a delicious way to make use of the bones from a roasted turkey. The pancakes in this recipe have no added oil or fat (except from the eggs) and are fried in a nonstick pan.

7. Hungarian Turkey-Stuffed Baked Potatoes Recipe

Hungarian Turkey-Stuffed Potatoes
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Substitute turkey for the ham in this Hungarian recipe.

8. Croatian Leftover Turkey with Pasta Tatters Recipe - Purica s Mlincima

Roast Turkey with Pasta Tatters - Croatian Purica s Mlincima
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Serve leftover slices of turkey and gravy with mlinces (MLEEN-tsehs), also known as mlinci, a stiff cracker-type dumpling that is reconstituted in boiling water and flavored with the roast drippings. They're known as "pasta tatters" in English.

9. Slovenian Turkey Fillets with Gorgonzola Sauce Recipe - Puranji Zreczek

Slovenian Turkey Fillet with Gorgonzola Sauce
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As in the recipe above, this Slovenian recipe makes use of leftover slices of turkey white meat with this delightful Gorgonzola cream sauce recipe.

10. Ukrainian Noodles and Turkey Recipe

Ukrainian Noodles and Turkey
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Substitute turkey for the ham in this tasty Ukrainian casserole recipe.
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