16 Recipes for Leftover Turkey

by Jenn @ Frugal Upstate on November 27, 2009

Photo by Elton Lin

Photo by Elton Lin

You’ve got leftover turkey from Thanksgiving*? Never fear, I did a little research on my favorite recipe site (RecipeZaar) and here are 16 ways to use up your leftover turkey!  The first 8 recipes are the old standby classics, the last 8 are some unusual recipes you may not have considered before.

The Classics

1. Hot Turkey Sandwiches
2. Turkey Noodle Soup
3. Turkey and Biscuits
4. Turkey Rice Casserole
5. Turkey Salad Sandwich
6. Turkey Pot Pie
7. Turkey Hash
8. Turkey Divan

New and Unusual

9.  Turkey Curry
10.Turkey Enchiladas
11. Turkey Tetrazzini
12.  Mexican Turkey Lasagna
13.  Hot and Sour Turkey Soup
14.  Turkey Creole
15.  Turkey & Pasta with Peanut Sauce
16.  Turkey Marsala (using leftovers)

*Note: Of course, these recipes could be made with leftover chicken or turkey at any time! As a matter of fact, you could even substitute pork (not ham!) in many of them if you like.

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Amy Dunn November 27, 2009 at 11:19 am

Great post, Jenn. I linked to it on my Leftovers post. Not sure I’ll be brave enough to try #14 (Creole) but I’m definitely going to try #3 (the turkey and biscuits). Here’s to leftovers!


Denise@TogetherWeSave November 27, 2009 at 11:30 am

Thanks lots of left overs for the first time ever!!


Cathy November 27, 2009 at 5:51 pm

Sounds good! Another that is a family favorite of ours is to make Croquettes with the leftovers, but I never see that mentioned anywhere. They are SO good!


Ellen November 28, 2009 at 10:21 pm

Hey, we’ve made two of these already! Last night was Turkey Tetrazzini (on biscuits, not pasta) and tonight was Turkey Enchiladas.

One of our favorites is a called “Turkey Carcass Soup.” Basically, that’s boiling up the carcass to make broth and then making Vegetable Soup using the turkey broth. Tasty and memorable.


Kristen from FiLife November 29, 2009 at 11:36 pm

Thanks Jenn,

This year we had a vegetarian Thanksgiving so no turkey leftovers for us. I’m trying to figure out what to do with all the cranberry sauce though!



Amiyrah November 30, 2009 at 11:20 am

I agree with Cathy! “Bubble and squeak” as the Brits call it, is a great way to use up leftovers, and it’s so easy.

I also have a great recipe on my blog for leftover turkey that we make every year called “Turkey pot pie soup.” It even uses up the leftover gravy and stuffing!



Kelly Tirman December 2, 2009 at 7:09 pm

I LOVE Turkey Enchiladas!!!!
I make mine a little different than the recipe you pointed to but anyway you make them Turkey Enchiladas are my favorite post thanksgiving dish!


Lettie Brown November 27, 2010 at 5:20 pm

Thank you for all the good turkey recipes.


Jenn @ Frugal Upstate November 28, 2010 at 8:35 pm

Lettie-thank you so much! I”m glad you enjoy them!


Mary Sydow November 28, 2010 at 2:44 pm

We had smoked turkey and their were no leftovers. Maybe we will get a larger smoked turkey next year, we would love leftovers of that.


Jenn @ Frugal Upstate November 28, 2010 at 8:36 pm

Mary-isn’t smoked turkey fabulous! Yes-next time make two . . .


Melissa French November 13, 2013 at 7:18 pm

This is a very helpful collection of leftover recipes. I linked to this in my thrifty Thanksgiving post. Thanks!


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