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
Now 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.
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.
Has anyone ever tried slow cooking a turkey breast in BBQ sauce and then "pulling" the meat?
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 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.
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.
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
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.
By Robin from Washington, IA
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.
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.
This recipe is a combination of recipes from friends and family.
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
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!
Post your ideas below.
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)
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)
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)
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
This one calls for deli turkey, but I have used leftover turkey just fine.
Turkey Cranberry 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.
B-B-Q Turkey Sandwiches (a great way to use leftover Turkey!)
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.
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)
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)
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)
Turkey Pot Pie
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.
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)
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)
<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.
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.
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)
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