Leftover turkey recipes, anyone? Enjoy what’s left of your Thanksgiving dinner with these leftover turkey recipes. And of course, we’re doing it the yummy way!
Leftover Turkey Recipes: Ways To Avoid Food Waste
Ever wake up the day after Thanksgiving and think, “What in heaven’s name do I do with all these turkey leftovers?” Here are terrific leftover turkey recipes. We’ve got pastries, soups, side dishes, and snacks. So you can still stretch the holidays and your Thanksgiving turkey leftovers.
1. Cheesy Turkey and Ranch Quesadillas
This one’s a 2-step recipe. Slice your leftover turkey breast into pieces, then fold them into tortillas. Don’t forget to fold in some cheddar cheese and ranch dressing. And voila! You’ve got yourself a tasty turkey and ranch quesadilla. Easy-peasy!
2. Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Pesto Panini
Would you look at this delicious stack of goodness! This turkey pesto panini made all the more special. How? By topping it with mozzarella, pesto, tomatoes, avocado slices, and of course, turkey. Truly a leftover turkey recipe that will you saying, “WOW!”
3. Turkey Tetrazzini With A Crunchy Topping
What would happen if you throw in all your leftovers into a dish? You’ll get this amazing turkey tetrazzini dish. How great would it be to get a taste of all your favorite leftovers in a single bite?!
4. Crockpot Turkey And Rice Soup
A bowl of soothing, warm, and filling rice soup. Loaded with carrots, rice, egg noodles, and tender shredded leftover turkey. Hot or not, this turkey and rice soup hits the spot!
5. Ground Turkey Skillet with Green Beans
Have yourself a guilt-free meal with this ground turkey skillet. Who can resist its chock-full of green beans? Plus, it’s tasty and definitely effortless to prepare. Mix it with rice or enjoy this dish as is.
6. Light Turkey And Corn Chowder
Sipping this savory and warm turkey and corn chowder will definitely make your day. It’s a light yet satisfying meal to cook for your family on a chilly evening. So take note of this leftover turkey recipe!
7. Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey And Sweet Potato Frittata
Here’s a perfect balance of nutritious and delicious. Mix in some sweet potatoes with your leftover turkey to make a delicious frittata. It’s a must-try leftover turkey recipe that will have you asking for another skillet.
8. Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Pot Pie
You can never go wrong with an extra creamy pot pie. Not when it’s stuffed with leftover turkey and juicy summer veggies. After trying this recipe, you’ll be cooking a turkey just to have a second batch of this wonderful pot pie.
9. Thanksgiving Pizza
This pizza is the best way to turn Thanksgiving leftovers into one delicious meal. It’s topped with flavors from everything you had on Thanksgiving. Mashed potatoes, gravy, green bean casserole, stuffing, and chopped turkey. All mixed up and turned into a topping of a puff pastry.
10. Cranberry Hazelnut Turkey Wellington
Impress everyone with this super festive Turkey Wellington. The tangy flavor of cranberry and the nutty goodness of hazelnut are a perfect mixture. It will look like you spent hours in the kitchen. But actually, it’s a leftover turkey recipe that’s super easy and simple to make.
11. Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps
It’s time to show off your clean eating skills! Place leftover turkey, chopped avocado, onions, and tomatoes in fresh lettuce leaves. You can also use any other greens! The result: turkey taco lettuce wraps, a tasty guilt-free meal!
12. Waffled Cranberry Turkey Sandwiches
Waffle sandwiches stuffed with turkey, cranberry sauce, and some greens. These turkey sandwiches taste as good as they look! Each filling component compliments each other, giving you a nuanced, scrumptious flavor.
13. Paleo Turkey Stuffed Peppers
Stuffed peppers with a paleo-turkey mixture make for a healthy snack. They are also a great way to have the kids enjoy peppers and any other vegetables without even noticing.
14. Turkey, Mushroom and Bacon Puff Pastry Pockets
Puff pastry pockets are a versatile treat. You can stuff them with anything, as long as they work well together. Leftover turkey, bacon, Swiss cheese, and a creamy mushroom sauce are all you need.
15. Southwest Turkey Chopped Salad
How about a refreshing salad? This bowl of colorful veggies, nuts, Mexican cheese, and chopped turkey is what you need. Drizzle it with a tasty barbecue sauce and some ranch dressing too.
16. Homemade Seasoning and Turkey Tacos
A delicious snack or dinner you can create using your leftover turkey! These are turkey tacos that are tasty, crunchy, and so easy to put together.
17. Leftover Turkey In Creamy Mushroom Sauce
Transform simple turkey odds and ends into a savory meal with mushrooms. I used to not care much for turkey leftovers. But this mushroom and leftover turkey recipe had me saving all there is to save from the roasting tin.
18. Turkey Pot Pie Soup
Stray away from the usual leftover turkey baked pot pie. It’s time you try this turkey pot pie soup instead. This turkey leftover soup recipe will warm you up from your nose to your toes!
19. Aunt Bee’s Leftover Turkey Casserole
Tummies full after an evening of feasting and indulgence? Good thing you can prepare Aunt Bee’s leftover turkey casserole. All you need to do is freeze it, then pop it in the oven when you need a good eat.
You can also try the leftover turkey noodle casserole recipe. Watch this video from Home of the Holidays to find out how:
Having leftover turkey after Thanksgiving is almost always inevitable. So make sure you don’t throw any out to try these leftover turkey recipes. Enjoy the holidays and the days after!
Which of these leftover turkey recipes are you planning to try? We’d love to hear all about it in the comments section below!
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Editor’s Note – This post was originally published on November 25, 2016, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.