15 delicious leftover turkey recipes are so good, you’ll wish you had turkey leftovers every day.
Thinking of ways to use the turkey leftovers can always be challenging after Thanksgiving and Christmas. Thankfully, I have 15 fabulous things to make with turkey leftovers to share with you and they’re the best you’ll find anywhere. From Turkey Cranchiladas to Turkey Shepard’s Pie, you’ll find loads of traditional and not-s0-traditional recipes here.
They’re all so delicious you’ll find yourself wishing Thanksgiving Day rolled around a little more often.
As much as I love a turkey dinner with potatoes, stuffing and all the fixings, one of my favourite things about hosting the big Thanksgiving dinner is that I get to keep the leftovers.
I always make a big pot of turkey soup with the scraps, and we eat turkey sandwiches for days, piled high with stuffing and cranberry sauce of course.
We often have turkey pot pie and hot turkey sandwiches for a couple of dinners as well. They’re all favourites here, but aside from those, I’ve never gotten overly creative with my turkey leftovers.
Until now, that is.
A friend of mine was recently telling me about the Turkey Shepard’s Pie she makes with her Thanksgiving leftovers every year. Basically, she layers all the leftovers from her turkey dinner – the turkey, stuffing, vegetables, mashed potatoes, and even the gravy, in a baking dish and she just heats it all up in the oven.
It sounded amazing, and got me thinking I’ve been a little boring and predictable with my leftovers all these years.
I decided to hit the internet, and see what others are making with their turkey leftovers, and oh my goodness. Let’s just say these recipes have me wishing Thanksgiving Day rolled around a little more often.
15 Leftover Turkey Recipes Your Family will Love:
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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! – Chelsea’s Messy Apron
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’.
If you’re looking for a turkey treat that’s sweet to eat, check out these Adorable Turkey Treats by The Idea Room.
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!
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. In 1997, Jackie stepped out of the corporate world to start a family and to open her own home daycare. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.