15 delicious ways to use up turkey leftovers after the Thanksgiving or Christmas feast!
It’s always a challenge – what to make with all the leftover turkey and fixings each year after Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. Well, today I have 15 leftover turkey recipes that you and your family are going to love!
My family loves turkey, so I always cook a huge bird for the holidays because we want to have lots of leftovers. I simmer the bones, and make a big pot of turkey soup, and we eat turkey-stuffing-cranberry sandwiches for days. We usually have hot turkey sandwiches for a couple of dinners as well. It’s all delicious, but I’ve never been overly creative with my turkey leftovers.
Until now, that is.
Recently, a friend was telling me about her favourite thing to make with the leftovers from a turkey dinner. Basically, she takes everything – the turkey, stuffing, vegetables, mashed potatoes, and yes, even the gravy, and she layers them in a casserole dish. She pops it in the oven to heat it through, and voila – turkey dinner shepherd’s pie. Isn’t that brilliant? Why haven’t I thought of this before??
Isn’t that brilliant?
Well, that clever dish got me thinking that there must be lots of creative ways to use up my turkey dinner leftovers, so I hit the internet, and WOW… Jackpot!
Here are 15 creative leftover turkey recipes that will make you wish you cooked turkey more often!
15 Leftover Turkey Recipes Your Family will Love:
As always, click on the links below to see the individual recipes.
If you like twice-baked potatoes, try these Turkey Stuffed Sweet Potatoes. I’m sure you could make this dish with regular potatoes if you’re not big on the sweet. I love sweet potatoes though, so my mouth is watering at the thought of these babies. – Beyond the Bite
Turkey Chili! Who knew? I’ll bet it’s delish! And, you make it in the slow-cooker with only 6 ingredients, so you know it’s going to be super-duper easy! – Passion for Savings
When I was a kid, my mom always made “Creamed Turkey on Toast” with our turkey leftovers. I discovered years later, that my husband’s mother made “Turkey a la King”. It’s the same basic idea, but it’s WAY better! Those little flaky pastry cups beat the pants off a piece of toast any day! – Kiss of Swiss
Turkey Tetrazzini is a classic. It’s so easy! You just boil your pasta, and all the rest can be mixed together in one pot. Our Canadian Thanksgiving has passed, but I’ll definitely be trying this recipe with our Christmas dinner leftovers! – She Wears Many Hats
I always make a traditional broth-based soup with my turkey leftovers, but I LOVE the look of this Creamy Turkey and Rice Soup! I like how she says she had a hard time NOT licking the bowl when she was finished. THAT is the sign of good bowl of soup. – The Skinny Fork
I could totally get into this Leftover Holiday Turkey Wrap. Apparently, it’s an Earl of Sandwich (Disney, Orlando) copy-cat recipe. It’s like someone wrapped up turkey dinner, and topped it with a scoop of gravy. Oh yum! – Wishes and Dishes
Three words: Thanksgiving Turkey Pizza. I’m not even kidding. You load an entire turkey dinner on to a pizza crust – a homemade pizza crust at that. Sweet mother! I may have just died and gone to heaven. – Baked By Rachel
Turkey Tacos: these would be a hit with everyone in my house because we love a turkey dinner and we love tacos. And check out the fresh and zesty Cranberry Salsa! It looks divine! – Simple Recipes
Ok, I want to cook a turkey right now, just so I can make these leftover Turkey Stacks. Crispy potato patty on the bottom, and all the fixin’s on top. Yep. I can see this becoming a traditional post-turkey snack at our house. – Spend with Pennies
This Turkey and Cranberry Salad has all the makings of my dream salad. Apple, pecans, gouda… and it’s drizzled with a maple syrup dressing. Mmmmm! To-die-for! – Very Culinary (inspired by a recipe from The Recipe Girl Cookbook)
How about this rich and creamy Turkey Pot Pie Soup?! Check out the “croutons”! They’re mini buttermilk biscuits! So cute! So yummy! – Cooking and Beer
Put a Mexican twist on your turkey leftovers with these Cranchiladas! Don’t you just love that name? You just toss the ingredients, roll them up, top them, and bake. They’d be great to take to a pot-luck or get-together! – Pink Parsley
Ok, I loves me a pot pie, and I loves me a casserole, so this Leftover Turkey Biscuit Pie looks like a winning combination. Bet you could cheat on the biscuits and use a mix if these ones intimidate you. – Damn Delicious
Here we go! This is what started it all! Remember I was telling you about the turkey shepherd’s pie?
Well, here’s a recipe for Thanksgiving Shepherd’s Pie, and I’ll bet it’s every bit as delicious as the one my girlfriend makes. – The Kitchn
Turkey Mac ‘n Cheese: oh yeah. Everyone loves homemade mac ‘n cheese. Toss some roast turkey in there, and take your mac to a whole new level. – My Mommy Style
And lastly, if you’re looking for a more traditional way to use up your holiday leftovers, there’s Turkey Pot Pie by Amanda’s Cookin’.
There you go! 15 delicious meals made with your holiday turkey leftovers! Isn’t it exciting to have some new ideas! I think I’ll be buying an extra large bird for Christmas so we can give some of these awesome recipes a try!
If you’re looking for a turkey treat that’s sweet to eat, check out these Adorable Turkey Treats by The Idea Room.
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