Recipes Using Leftover Turkey

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.

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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

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sandwichNow if you are like me, you cooked a turkey that was way to big for your family. Ours was a gift from our son in law, Jose. He bought us a twenty three pound bird and it was way too big, even though we fed a crowd. So for the last couple of days, we have been experimenting with turkey sandwiches. Now my husband Leo loves turkey sandwiches but he is a generic kind of guy and likes just plain turkey with mayo. My son in law David loves sandwiches with the whole dinner on it; turkey, gravy and stuffing and mayo. But my daughter and I are sick of turkey the next day. So here are some recipes that we tried that turned out pretty good.

Turkey Sub

  • Leftover Turkey cut into chunks
  • One soft hoagie roll
  • Lettuce
  • Cranberry sauce
Cut the hoagie roll in half and spread the cranberry sauce on both sides. Next put the lettuce on both or one half. Layer on the turkey. Great sandwich especially if you had a lot of cranberry sauce left over.

Barbeque Turkey Sandwich

This is a quick and easy sandwich. We made in them in the microwave.
  • Leftover Turkey cut into chunks or slices
  • Barbeque Sauce (your favorite)
  • Coleslaw
  • Onion Hamburger bun
Put your turkey and barbeque sauce in a microwave safe bowl. I would use glass rather than plastic as it has a tendency to stain when cooking tomato based anything. Cook until the barbeque sauce is hot. Pile on to a bun and top with the coleslaw. Yum! And it was fast and filling.

Turkey Salad

We made these just like our favorite chicken salad.
  • Turkey
  • Mayo
  • Half of an onion chopped
  • 2 stalks of celery chopped
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Wheat sandwich bread or bread of your choice.
Put all of your ingredients except for the lettuce and tomato in a food processor and process until you have the consistency that you like. We like ours chunky but some people like theirs smoother. Pile the salad on your bread and add lettuce and tomato or your favorite toppings.

Open Faced Hot Turkey Sandwich

  • Turkey cut into chunks
  • Leftover gravy
  • 1 small can of mushrooms
  • Bread of your choice (We used the wheat sandwich bread again)
Put turkey in the gravy and add the mushrooms now you can drain them if you have a lot of gravy or add the can juices to stretch the gravy if you don't have a lot left. You can also use canned turkey gravy if you had none left over. When heated through pour over your choice of bread.

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.

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Has anyone ever tried slow cooking a turkey breast in BBQ sauce and then "pulling" the meat?

By Jim

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I use leftover turkey (or chicken), chopped onion, BBQ sauce, etc on a canned biscuit that is flattened out a bit (to about 5 inches diameter), then bake for 15-20 minutes for a personal size BBQ pizza.

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I am looking for leftover turkey recipes.

By padufresne

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I make creamed turkey. My husband loves it.

Cut turkey in bite size pieces.

Make white sauce. (recipe below)

Add turkey.

I also add peas to this.

Simmer until hot stirring continuously so as not to burn.

White sauce

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.

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Since Thanksgiving is coming, thought I would start offering some good leftover turkey recipes. This one is very good!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans green beans
  • 4 cups turkey or chicken, diced
  • 1 can water chestnuts
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup Mozzarella or Farmer's cheese, shredded

Directions:

Arrange beans in 9x13 inch baking dish. Place meat and water chestnuts over beans. Mix soup, mayonnaise, and lemon juice; spread over meat. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake at 350 degrees F for 40 minutes.

Servings: 8-12
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cooking Time: 40 Minutes

By Robin from Washington, IA

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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

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Great way to use leftovers. Very tasty!

Ingredients:

  • 8 slices bread
  • 2 cup chicken or turkey, cooked and chopped
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1/2 cup minced onion
  • 1/2 cup salad dressing
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 cup milk
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • cheddar cheese

Directions:

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.

Mix eggs and milk together and pour over top. Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight. Bake at 350 F for 1 hour. Remove from oven and cover with soup and cheese. Return to oven and bake 15 minutes more.

Servings: 15
Prep Time: 20-25 Minutes
Cooking Time: 75 Minutes

By Robin from Washington, IA

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Another great recipe to help you use up any leftover Thanksgiving turkey you may have!

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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...

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Great way to use leftover turkey.

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Melt margarine in saucepan and saute onions. Add flour and seasonings, remove from heat and add milk. Cook til sauce thickens, stirring constantly.

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This recipe is a combination of recipes from friends and family.

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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. Fry all, but turkey, in olive oil and butter gently for 5 minutes, add some chopped garlic or garlic salt to taste. Add turkey and a jar of Passatta (tomato puree). Simmer for 5 minutes then add some vegetable or chicken stock (made from a cube is ok). Simmer for 10 minutes and serve with pasta.

By Silver from Wirral, England

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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. Divide the turkey into the amounts you normally use turkey or chicken in recipes. Next time you want to make a casserole or something, your turkey is all cooked and measured for you, and you just have to toss it in with the other ingredients for a quick dinner. And it isn't as boring as two weeks of turkey sandwiches!

By Lynn

Post your ideas below.


Leftover Turkey Ideas

I'm looking for a turkey and noodle recipe. I have turkey stripped to the bones, almost. I remember my grandmothers boiling the ham bones in the past and making ham and beans, so how do i boil the turkey bones etc, and make turkey and noodles (11/25/2005)

By Brett

Leftover Turkey Ideas

I always do this too. I think that's why we love turkey so much and never seem to tire of it. The only thing that I do differently is, after I make stock, I put the leftover meat into rigid pint freezer containers and pour stock over it. It keeps the meat juicy and prevents it from getting freezer burn. The meat seems to keep in the freezer a lot longer this way too. When I'm ready to make a casserole, I already have the stock, so I just thicken it instead of using cream soups, etc. Or, if I don't need it, I save it for soup or gravy at a later time.

How to make the stock (Brett)? Just put the skin, meat, bones, scraps of leftover stuffing and all in a large pan, cover with water, bring to a boil, and simmer a while. I usually add a tablespoon or two of vinegar to draw the calcuim out of the bones. You can add carrots, celery, onion or spices like bay leaves, peppper corns, etc, at this time too if you want. Once it's cooked for a couple of hours, I strain all the bones and stuff out, and pour the stock in a clean pan. I skim off the fat--some cool it in the fridge to do this. I pour it into individual containers for soups, gravies, etc, and place them in the fridge to cool, than transfer them to the freezer till needed. (11/19/2006)

By susanmajp

Leftover Turkey Ideas

To Brett,
The instructions for stock by susanmajp are very good. The only thing I would add is to start the stock with cold water, set the burner on low and let it come to a simmer slowly. This brings more good stuff out of the bones. I usually have a pot with cold water on the stove and start throwing bones in there right after dinner adding leftover raw celery and carrot sticks, etc.

Susan from ThriftyFun (11/19/2006)

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I'm looking for good recipes for leftover turkey. I have good ones for chili, soup, enchiladas, and tacos, but want some variety. I bought a big turkey breast when Kroger had them for $1 a pound and want to make the best use of it without having to buy lots of other ingredients.

Cheryl from Phoenix


Recipes Using Leftover Turkey

This one calls for deli turkey, but I have used leftover turkey just fine.

Turkey Cranberry Croissants

  • 1 - 8 oz pkg cream cheese (or use the spreadable type, much easier)
  • 1/4 cup orange marmalade
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1 can whole cranberry jelly
  • deli turkey slices or thinly sliced turkey
  • leaf lettuce
  • 6 croissants

Blend together cream cheese, orange marmalade, and pecans. Spread on bottom of croissant. Add 2 deli turkey slices, spread some of the cranberry jelly and top with leaf lettuce.
(03/16/2009)

By wife2jfbuilder

Recipes Using Leftover Turkey

B-B-Q Turkey Sandwiches (a great way to use leftover Turkey!)

  • 1 cup catsup
  • 2 Tbsp. vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire or Soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup b-b-q sauce, your choice
  • 1/2 tsp. celery salt
  • 1/4 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 cup tomato juice, or 1 can tomato soup
  • 1 onion, chopped, (opt)

Mix all ingredients together and pour over turkey that has been roasted and either cut up or shredded. Heat before serving.

Note: This is a great recipe for the crock-pot and excellent for sandwiches for a large group. Double the recipe for a whole turkey.
(03/16/2009)

By wife2jfbuilder

Recipes Using Leftover Turkey

OK, My mom always would make this, it was my favorite part about having a turkey (although, when I share this recipe, people snub their noses at it, not sure why).

Anyway, using leftover gravy, (I pour the juices out before I baste the turkey with sweet honey, mix, etc.) I thin it out a bit while heating it up with pieces of leftover turkey (I like a good amount of turkey to gravy, but its up to you). I then put it over waffles, but I have heard of people putting over egg noodles, bread, etc. I just always had it over waffles. (Eggo buttermilk, if I don't make them myself). Mom (and myself now), also did this with the leftover ham and gravy.(03/16/2009)

By wife2jfbuilder

Recipes Using Leftover Turkey

Variation on wife2jfbuilder's post. We call it turkey hash; steam the carcass after taking off the meat left there. Chop that with scraps from the bird. Add any juices or gelatin. Fry/saute onion and celery; herb/spice to your choice. Add only enough turkey stock from the steamed carcass to make a lumpy slurry. Thicken with cold water/flour mix shaken in a jar, try 2Tbsp/2Tbsp., simmer and serve on rice or (best) hard toast. (03/16/2009)

By tennesue

Recipes Using Leftover Turkey

This is good, 4 cups turkey, 2 cans of cream of chicken soup or mushroom, 2 or 3 cups of stuffing, leftover or a box of instant. Mix together and bake 350 for 45 minutes. You can use this recipe for chicken, pork chops. (03/16/2009)

By monday67

Recipes Using Leftover Turkey

Turkey Pot Pie

  • Turkey meat
  • Garlic powder
  • 1 bag frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 3/4 cup skim milk
  • 1/2 cup Miracle Whip
  • 1/4 tsp. onion salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1 can crescent rolls

Directions:

Sprinkle turkey with garlic powder and cook on stove top with a little water. Be sure to flip the meat several times while cooking. Cook until done then allow to cool. Dice the meat.
Mix meat, soups, milk, Miracle Whip and spices. Add meat mixture to crock-pot then cover it with crescent roll dough.
<p.Cover and cook on low for 6 hours then prop open the lid (with a wooden spoon if necessary) and cook on high for 30 minutes to release the condensation and allow the crescent rolls to brown a bit on top.
(03/17/2009)

By rjwilcox

Recipes Using Leftover Turkey

I make Turkey Divan. For 4, steam fresh broccoli, put on the bottom of a greased casserole dish, then a layer of cooked turkey, cut into bite size pieces. In a bowl mix 1/2 cup mayonnaise, 1 can cream of chicken soup, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of curry powder, mix until smooth, put on top of the turkey, cover with shredded cheddar cheese. Bake until bubbly and cheese is melted. Cook at 325, cover if you want. Can make with chicken too. (03/17/2009)

By eileen-e

Recipes Using Leftover Turkey

Whenever I roast a turkey I make this with left overs. Layer of cut up turkey in casserole.
layer of left over dressing (or make stove top) cover with left over gravy mixed with 1 can cream of mushroom soup. I poke holes to get liquid down into the turkey and dressing. Bake at 350 for about 45-60 minutes, til bubbly hot.

If you don't have left over gravy, buy a jar or package mix and make gravy. If you have good dressing, you will have a good casserole dish. I like to assemble this the day I roast the turkey, and freeze for a little later. I just put in oven frozen, so takes a little longer to get bubbly hot. If you have cranberry/orange relish in freezer, goes good with it. (03/17/2009)

By WIsgal

Recipes Using Leftover Turkey

<p.Here is a great way to use turkey or chicken.

Turkey or Chicken Barbecue

We use this word "barbecue" loosely for this recipe. It is in a clear gravy type sauce that is flavorful and delicious, not red sauce.

  • 1 - 12 to 15 pound turkey OR 2 large (about 5 pounds each) chickens
  • 1 large onion sliced in rings
  • 3 - 4 stalks chopped celery
  • 2 jars chicken or turkey gravy or homemade gravy

Place onions and celery a black enamel roaster, and place chicken or turkey on top of vegetables and cook till tender. Cook for about 3 or 4 hours at 300 degrees till tender, like tender enough to pull apart with forks like pulled pork.

Remove chicken or turkey from the roaster. When poultry is cool enough to handle, shred the meat back into the black roaster. Leave the broth from the cooked turkey in the roaster and also the onion and celery. Pour in 3 cups homemade gravy or 2 jars of chicken or turkey gravy. Return to roaster for an hour or so to meld the flavors. Serve on a Kaiser bun or your favorite roll.

Hint: When serving, use a slotted spoon to keep your roll from being to soggy, or eat it with a fork open faced. Delicious.

Linda (03/17/2009)

By quickcooker

Recipes Using Leftover Turkey

I have substituted leftover turkey in place of tuna in some casseroles. I also like to grind or food process leftover turkey with mayo, pickle relish (either sweet or dill) to make a sandwich spread, just like chicken salad or tuna. Spread on bread, add cheese if you like. Serve cold or as grilled sandwiches. Served cold add lettuce, sprouts, other condiments, sliced tomato etc. I like to add cranberry sauce, and mix horseradish into the mayo. (03/18/2009)

By Supertemp

Recipes Using Leftover Turkey

I tried the Turkey Divan recipe, but used frozen cut broccoli with the really chunky parts picked out. I added about a cup of leftover canned baby potatoes cut into cubes. If I did a half cup of mayo, I wouldn't have any left, so I substituted a third of a cup of mayo and the rest sour cream. We had jellied cranberry sauce on the side and I had to hide the leftovers to keep my foodie husband from eating all of it. It was yummy. Thank you. (03/18/2009)

By Orange Kitty

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