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
Since Thanksgiving is coming, thought I would start offering some good leftover turkey recipes. This one is very good!
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
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.
By Debra Frick
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
Melt margarine in saucepan and saute onions. Add flour and seasonings, remove from heat and add milk. Cook til sauce thickens, stirring constantly. Add half of the cheese and pimento, let cheese melt. Add mushrooms that have been drained. Place a layer of cooked noodles in a 9 inch square pan. Cover with layer of turkey, then sauce. Repeat, ending with noodles. sprinkle remaining cheese over top. Cover and bake at 400 degrees F for 20 minutes. Garnish with green pepper strips if desired. Makes about 6 servings.
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. 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.
By Robin from Washington, IA
Another great recipe to help you use up any leftover Thanksgiving turkey you may have!
Approximate Time: about 60 minutes
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
Great way to use leftover turkey.
In buttered casserole, combine turkey, drained mushrooms, celery, onions, green pepper and seasoning. Blend together the soups and the liquid from the mushrooms. Pour over turkey mixture. Sprinkle chow mein noodles around edge of casserole. Bake at 325 degrees F for 40 minutes.
By Robin from Washington, IA
This recipe is a combination of recipes from friends and family.
Combine bread crumbs, parsley, paprika and melted butter in a pie plate. Stir well with a fork. Shape chilled turkey mixture rolls. Coat in bread crumb mixture and return, covered, to refrigerator for 1/2 hour (or one hour if not adding additional coating).
Coat in beaten eggs and cover in crumb mixture once again. I found using my hands to coat instead of rolling them out works a lot better. Place 1/2 cup oil and 3 Tbsp butter in skillet over medium heat. Cook croquettes, 3 at a time, 3-4 minutes, and roll. Cook all sides 3-4 minutes. They should be golden. You can freeze the extras, and reheat in an oven/toaster oven.
Serves: 4 - 6
By Connie from Cotter, AR
Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Mix veggies, soup and meat together in 8x8 pan. Stir together remaining ingredients with fork until blended. Pour over mixture in pan. Bake 30 minutes.
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. This is so good and was so easy to make it. Wish i had the recipe years ago.
By imaqt1962 from illinois
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I am looking for leftover turkey recipes.
By Penny Stoehr05/21/2009
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.
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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
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. (03/16/2009)
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. (03/16/2009)
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)
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.
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)
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. Linda (03/17/2009)
By Orange Kitty