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Leftover Turkey Shawarma

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.

Instead of making your own spice blend now you can order our own Jamie Geller Shawarma spice blend on Amazon.  

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  • Leftover turkey
  • 2 onions cut into ¼-inch thick rounds
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric
  • 2 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
  • 1.5 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper or hot paprika
  • 8 tablespoon 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!

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