Don't let that yummy leftover Thanksgiving turkey go to waste. From pot pies to turkey sandwiches, there are a multitude of ways to use up that leftover turkey. This page contains recipes for using leftover turkey.
Of course you should use the turkey carcass to make turkey broth for future use but here are some more ideas using your own favorite year round standard recipes, simply by substituting the beef, pork, chicken and even tuna with leftover turkey :-) Grind, chop, shred or cube accordingly:
Meatloaf, casserole, stroganoff, stuffed bell peppers, meatballs, chili, burgers, tacos, lasagna, omelets, pot stickers, pizza, mac and cheese, sandwiches and don't forget pot pies, soups and salads ;-)
By Deeli from Richland, WA
Although it may sound gross, the traditional day after breakfast in my family was turkey, gravy and rice. We loved turkey so much that we had it on Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Mom's birthday (Jan 8) and my sister's birthday (Feb 7). Even buying 20 lb turkeys and only having a family of 4 we always had to buy another one for each of these celebrations.
Frazzled Leslie, I don't think it sounds gross at all! Hey, better than leftover pizza for breakfast IMHO :-) And you just gave me another idea for turkey leftovers, 'turkey hash' using your three ingredients ;-) Thanks for posting :-)
I hope this helps you get rid of some of those turkey leftovers and I hope your family loves your sandwiches as much as my family did.
Editor's Note: Sorry that we didn't get this up in time for Christmas leftovers. Hopefully some of you have a bargain turkey in the freezer that needs some inspiration.
Those recipes sound great & easy, i'll keep them in mind next year. Especially that open face mushroom one.
I love turkey but can definitely get tired of it too. My honey makes an incredible sandwich that i can eat forever. it's the turkey leftovers on bread with mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, & Blue cheese salad dressing!! the blue cheese flavor makes it the most incredible taste combo, you really have to try.
If you've ever watched "Friends" on tv, Monica used to make her brother a special sandwich with Thanksgiving leftovers. The turkey sandwich with the "moistmaker" which was bread,turkey, and a middle slice of bread soaked in gravy. Then turkey then bread. The gravy soaked bread was the moistmaker-always sounded delicious, and always wanted to try it-but forget every year, figures, haha.
During Thanksgiving time is the best time to buy turkeys because they are so cheap, about $7-8 (turkey breast alone is sold for that price). I have an extra little freezer in another room and I fill it with turkeys that i have bought (about 10) during the thanksgiving sales. I let them defrost a bit and I chop them up into smaller manageable sizes for uses throughout the year. The bones do not get discarded until I have cooked them in a crock pot for about 8-10 hours making my own inexpensive turkey broth.
With the buying of my own whole turkey, I get lots of cuts of turkey, broth and smaller bits of turkey that I combine into other foods like 1 pot dinners, soups or the filling out of other recipes (because the piece are too small for a meal on their own). I spend a bit more for the turkey sales but i save in the long run throughout the year in buying turkey.
By soyzick from Chinatown, HI
If you ask alot of times the meat dept will cut your turkey in half for you when you buy it.
This is my favorite tip. Have the butcher cut the turkey in half while frozen. Re wrap well and it's a great way to enjoy the bird, and not be eating it for weeks to come. This can be done for a fresh bird too. Remember if it's frozen to begin with don't make a dish with left overs and freeze it.
Since Thanksgiving is coming, thought I would start offering some good leftover turkey recipes. This one is very good!
Great way to use leftovers. Very tasty! Break 4 slices of bread into 9x13 inch pan. Mix meat, celery, onion, and salad dressing together; spread on top of bread. Break up the other 4 slices and put over the top.
Has anyone ever tried slow cooking a turkey breast in BBQ sauce and then "pulling" the meat?
I've never tried it with turkey, Jim. I've done beef & pork in the slow cooker with great results. I must tell you, though, I don't cook the meat in BBQ sauce. Since the sauce is so full of sugar, it will get a burnt taste. I put in liquid (usually water) about half-way up the meat. I do not cover the meat with liquid, because I've read/heard that it will cause the meat to shrink up too much. I add a little seasoning. Maybe half a packet of onion soup mix, and if I want it smokey I'll add a few drops of liquid smoke. Then I cover and cook on low. I usually start this around midnight. I check around 8:00 in the morning, and see how tender the meat is. If it's falling apart, I pull out the meat, let it cool just a little so I don't burn myself, and start shredding it with a couple forks. THEN I add BBQ sauce. If I need add'l liquid, I just take some from the crock pot. I used to put the meat back into the crock pot and let it sit on low until we wanted to eat. But one time we went to a football game, and when we got home it had an unappealing burnt taste from the BBQ sauce being cooked too long. I imagine you'd do everything the same way with a turkey breast.
I cut the meat off 2 turkey legs a few weekends ago and put them in my crock pot with a bunch of seasonings and covered them with water. I let it cook all day then pulled it out and shredded up the meat and added the bbq sauce. My husband was leery of turkey bbq sandwiches until he tasted it and was pleased with the results. Good luck!
I double the amount of soup i added when i made mine and used a whole package of mixed vegetables (16 oz.) And put it in a 9x13 pan for my family...
Another great recipe to help you use up any leftover Thanksgiving turkey you may have!
Great way to use leftover turkey.
Melt margarine in saucepan and saute onions. Add flour and seasonings, remove from heat and add milk. Cook til sauce thickens, stirring constantly.
I am looking for leftover turkey recipes.
This one is great for when you can't have a full turkey dinner. I put a box of stuffing mix, already made, into the bottom of a 4 qt. backing dish or casserole. Then, it's a layer of turkey, a can of drained corn or your favorite veggie, some shreaded cojack or chedderjack cheese, and a package of Idahoan Instant Spuds. You can use leftover spuds or your choice of spuds, but make sure you have enough to cover the top with at least 1" and to the sides.
Cover and bake at 350 for about 30 minutes. This freezes well and can be served with gravy over it and a side of salad and cranberry's and you have a meal worthy of Turkey Day Every Day!!
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I make creamed turkey. My husband loves it.
Cut turkey in bite size pieces.
Make white sauce. (recipe below)
I also add peas to this.
Simmer until hot stirring continuously so as not to burn.
3 TBLS. margarine (heaping)
3 TBLS. flour (heaping)
2 cups of milk.
Melt margarine. Take off stove and add flour. You should have a thick paste. Return to stove and add milk. Use a whisk to take out lumps. Cook over high heat stirring constantly until you get a creamy white sauce. 5-8 minutes.
I always double my recipe because we love this so much.
Hope this helps.
This recipe is a combination of recipes from friends and family.
Recipe for Leftover Turkey Pasta. To use cooked turkey leftovers: shred turkey, chop 8 fresh tomatoes, slice 6 spring onions (I think they are called scallions in USA) and cut up 10 mushrooms.
You don't have to stuff yourself with all that turkey right away. Cut it up into bite sized pieces, and measure the turkey into individual freezer bags.