Arugula Pesto Turkey Tartine

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Leftover turkey? No problem – make these Arugula Pesto Turkey Tartines and call it a day! Plus 10 other fantastic Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes

Arugula Pesto Turkey Tartines

Thanksgiving is tomorrow. TOMORROW PEOPLE. It’s the ultimate food holiday. The best day to get your food coma face on. The day where it’s acceptable to unbutton your pants at the dinner table and let it all hang out. Or, you just go to dinner in yoga pants. I’m doing it. It’s the cool thing to do.

I hope you all have the most fantastic Thanksgiving of all times. What are you making? I wanna hear about your menus!! I also wanted to say that I’m thankful for each and every one of you! Thanks for making What’s Gaby Cooking what it is today – life would be so boring without all of you guys 🙂

So once all the feasting is over, and you’ve had 3 pieces of pie and 2 servings of apple crisp, you’ve got to deal with the leftovers. Well, I’ve got ya covered. These Arugula Pesto Turkey Tartines are a fun combo between a Turkey Sandwich and a Caprese Panini with homemade ARUGULA PESTO. It’s bananas. And I’ve rounded up 10 of my other favorite Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes! So you’ve basically covered no matter what you have left after the feast.

Side note – leftovers usually last for about 3-4 days! Any longer than that and things start getting a little funky, so make a tartine and power through the rest of these recipes so we can start BAKING CHRISTMAS COOKIES!!!!!

Turkey Shepherds Pot Pie from Weelicious

Sweet Potato Biscuit Breakfast Sandwich from Heather Cristo

Cranberry Brie Grilled Cheese from Joy the Baker

Turkey Spaghetti Bake from What’s Gaby Cooking

Homemade Tater Tots from Heather Cristo

Southwest Chipotle Turkey Pot Pies from Country Cleaver

Tex Mex Hot and Brown from Closet Cooking

Sweet Potato and Cornbread Hash from the Kitchn

Pumpkin Waffles from Shutterbean

10 Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes + Arugula Pesto Turkey Tartine

Course Lunch
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 2


For the tartines

  • 2 pieces thick cut bread
  • 1/2 lb leftover roasted turkey sliced
  • 1/2 cup arugula pesto recipe below
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella sliced
  • handful of fresh arugula
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste

For the arugula pesto

  • 4 cups packed fresh arugula
  • 1 cup packed fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste
  • 3/4 cup olive oil


For the tartines

  • Turn the oven on broil.
  • Toast the 2 pieces of bread until the bread is just golden brown.
  • Slather 1/4 cup of the arugula pesto on the top of each piece of toast and add the sliced turkey and fresh mozzarella. Season with salt and pepper. Place the 2 tartines into the oven and broil for 1-2 minutes until the cheese just starts to melt and bubbly. Remove from the oven and top with some fresh arugula. Serve immediately.

For the arugula pesto

  • Combine everything in a blender or food processor and pulse for 1-2 minutes until blended.


  1. We are not hosting this year (probably a good thing with the baby!) but I was just telling my husband I want to make a turkey for leftovers!! This is exactly what I’m talking about – loving the arugula pesto!

  2. The only reason to have turkey is for the leftovers! This looks smashing! Looking forward to Friday. And Saturday. And Sunday.

  3. Hello Gaby and best regards from Finland! I just found your faboulus book – I also love avocados! And your book was even translated in Finnish : )
    I was eager to find some soup recipes as I only have one good recipe for avocado soup. But I could not find one! Couldn´t find from your website either. I would love to read your version of a avocado soup! : )
    We do have avocados all year round here, but as we are “a bit” off the avocado farms the avocados tend to be rock hard when I buy them.
    Great idea to write a book of this lovely ingredient!
    All the best to you!
    Kind regards,

  4. A very happy Thanksgiving to you and your family from grey South Wales. I’m having a mini Thanksgiving here, to show solidarity with all my American friends.

  5. I might have missed the boat with this one post-Thanksgiving but it looks like a great sandwich for mellowing my Christmas cookie sugar rush.

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