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Leftover Turkey Shawarma


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Leftover Turkey Shawarma

Thanksgiving turkey celebrates our American heritage. Why not use the leftovers to celebrate our Israeli roots. This recipe is good for up to 2 pounds of leftover turkey meat.


  • Ready Time : 0 min



  • Leftover turkey
  • 2 onions cut into ¼-inch thick rounds
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons coarse kosher salt
  • 1.5 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper or hot paprika
  • 8 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • Pitas, spreads and salads to serve


  1. Pull all of the leftover turkey off of the bones. Shred well.
  2. Heat half of the olive oil in a large skillet over medium low heat.
  3. Add the onions to saute.
  4. Mix the turmeric, salt, cumin, coriander, white pepper, black pepper and cayenne pepper in a small bowl.
  5. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon spice mixture on the onions. Mix well to coat
  6. Drizzle remaining olive oil and the rest of the spice mixture over the shredded turkey. Knead in by hand.
  7. When onions are translucent, add the turkey and mix well.
  8. Let cook until turkey is heated through.

Serve in a pita with Israeli Salad, Hummus , Techina, Falafel balls or any other Israeli Spread of your choice. My favorite thing about shawarma is choosing the salads! No two shawarma sandwiches are alike!


About Ahuva Staum


Growing up watching my Bubby cook gave me a love and fervor for cooking. I love taking concepts I find from treif cooking magazines and tv shows for all different types of cuisines and making them kosher and accessible. Currently trying to get my Jerusalem based catering company; "You Wish It, I Dish it"; up and running.




3 Responses to Leftover Turkey Shawarma

  1. avatar says: crbc

    This sounds yummy!

  2. avatar says: fish15

    Just messaged you on FB to see if you had shwarma recipes… This sounds good

  3. love to learn more on making different types of shawarma & serve in India

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