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Over 15 Quick and Easy Recipes for Leftover Turkey

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Rose Mary's mother and all of her aunts are great Southern cooks. She likes to think she's not so bad herself.

Don't let your leftover turkey go to waste.

Don't let your leftover turkey go to waste.

My family holiday traditions include roasted turkey for Thanksgiving and Christmas. My family traditions also include making absolutely certain that there is more than enough of everything. That could be a lot of leftover turkey! If you find yourself in that situation, there are plenty of options for leftover turkey. You could certainly continue to eat your turkey and other leftovers in their original form. You could also reincarnate the turkey as a completely different dish. Most any dish that calls for cooked chicken or turkey will work.

Here is my list of possibilities for leftover turkey, with easy leftover turkey recipes to follow.

What to Make With Leftover Turkey

  • Family Style Turkey Pot Pie
  • Turkey and Dressing Casserole
  • Turkey Tetrazzini
  • Turkey and Broccoli Fettuccini
  • Knorr Lipton Parmesan Noodles with Turkey
  • Turkey Noodle Soup
  • Turkey and Dumpling Soup
  • Turkey Stew
  • Turkey Corn Chowder
  • Curried Turkey Salad
  • Turkey Cranberry Walnut Salad
  • Turkey Rice Salad
  • Open Faced Turkey Sandwich with Broccoli
  • Open Faced Turkey Sandwich with Gravy
  • Turkey Bacon Club
  • Turkey Dagwood

Turkey Pot Pie

Add your favorite vegetables to leftover turkey, and top with a refrigerated pie crust for an easy Turkey Pot Pie

Add your favorite vegetables to leftover turkey, and top with a refrigerated pie crust for an easy Turkey Pot Pie

Turkey Pot Pie

Turkey Pot Pie

Family Style Turkey Pot Pie

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 cups diced cooked turkey
  • 3 cans of your favorite cream soup
  • 2 soup cans milk
  • 2-3 cups mixed vegetables
  • 1 large potato diced, cooked and drained
  • 1 frozen pie shell, thawed, or 1 refrigerated pie shell


Variations:

Use 2 cans soup and one jar of gravy.

Use a variety of soups, such as 1 can of cream of chicken soup, 1 can cream of mushroom, and 1 can cream of potato.

Use cream of potato soup, and skip fresh potato.

Use leftover vegetables such as green beans, corn, carrots, lima beans.

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 3 quart casserole dish, or 11” X 13” pan.

2. Add soups and milk, and stir to combine.

3. Add vegetables and chicken.

4. Top with pie crust. Don’t worry if there are gaps.

5. Bake for about 1 hour. Increase oven temperature last 10 minutes if needed to lightly brown crust.

Turkey and Dressing Casserole

Add leftover shredded turkey to dressing mixture and bake

Add leftover shredded turkey to dressing mixture and bake

Turkey and Dressing Casserole, made with purple onion

Turkey and Dressing Casserole, made with purple onion

Turkey and Dressing Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 cups cooked turkey, cut into pieces
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 ½ cups chicken or turkey broth
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 8 oz Pepperidge Farm Stuffing mix
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup


Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine broth, milk, and soup. Add to stuffing mix.
  3. Add onion and eggs into stuffing mixture, and stir to combine.
  4. Mix in turkey.
  5. Pour into greased 11” X 13” pan and bake 1 hour.

Quick and Easy Turkey Tetrazzini

Quick and easy Turkey Tetrazzini made with leftover turkey, fresh mushrooms, onions and cream soup

Quick and easy Turkey Tetrazzini made with leftover turkey, fresh mushrooms, onions and cream soup

Turkey Tetrazzini

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans of cream of chicken soup
  • 1 ½ soup cans milk
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 8 oz mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 cups diced turkey
  • 1 lb of linguini, cooked and drained
  • Parmesan cheese


Instructions:

  1. Sauté onions and mushrooms in skillet.
  2. Pour in soup and milk and stir to blend in lumps from soup.
  3. Add turkey and stir to combine.
  4. Cover and simmer to heat thoroughly.
  5. Serve over hot linguini. Sprinkle with Parmesan.

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Turkey and Broccoli Fettuccini

Turkey and Broccoli Fettuccini

Turkey and Broccoli Fettuccini

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb fettuccini, cooked and drained
  • 2 cups chopped cooked turkey
  • 2 jars of Bertolli Alfredo sauce
  • ½ cup dry white wine to rinse jars
  • 1 bag frozen baby broccoli florets
  • Parmesan cheese


Instructions:

  1. Pour both jars of alfredo sauce into skillet. Bertolli is very thick. You can rinse jars with ½ cup or more of white wine.
  2. Add turkey. Heat thoroughly on medium.
  3. Steam broccoli, or boil and drain. Broccoli should still be a little firm, and bright green.
  4. Pour sauce over pasta. Arrange broccoli on top. Sprinkle parmesan.
Parmesan Noodles with Turkey

Parmesan Noodles with Turkey

Knorr Lipton Parmesan Noodles

Ingredients:

  • 2 packages Knorr Lipton Parmesan Noodles
  • Milk and butter for preparing noodles per packagedirections
  • 1 cup cooked, chopped turkey
  • ½ cup sour cream or Greek yogurt


Instructions:

  1. Cook noodles & sauce according to the Knorr Lipton package directions.
  2. Add turkey.
  3. Heat thoroughly on low.
  4. Stir in sour cream just before serving.

Homemade Turkey Noodle Soup

Turkey Noodle Soup made with diced leftover turkey, mixed vegetables, and egg noodles

Turkey Noodle Soup made with diced leftover turkey, mixed vegetables, and egg noodles

Turkey Noodle and Vegetable Soup made with fideo noodles

Turkey Noodle and Vegetable Soup made with fideo noodles

Turkey Noodle Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 12-oz package of medium or thin noodles
  • 2 cups chopped turkey
  • 2 boxes chicken or turkey broth
  • *3-4 cups leftover vegetables
  • Salt to taste

*Use about a cup each of leftover vegetables such as green beans, lima beans, corn and carrots. If you do not have leftovers, you could use a can each of 3-4 vegetables, a bag each of several different frozen vegetables, or a larger bag of mixed vegetables.


Instructions:

  • Pour broth into large stock pot or Dutch oven. Heat over medium heat.
  • Add vegetables, except corn and heat thoroughly. If using frozen, cook until vegetables are done. Add corn last to preserve texture.
  • Bring to boil and add noodles. Cook until noodles are al dente and remove from heat. (They will continue to cook, and you don’t want them to be mushy.)

Turkey and Dumpling Soup

Turkey and Dumpling Soup made with diced leftover turkey, mixed vegetables, and frozen dumplings

Turkey and Dumpling Soup made with diced leftover turkey, mixed vegetables, and frozen dumplings

Turkey and Dumpling Soup

Ingredients:

  • ½ box of frozen flat dumplings, like Anne’s Old Fashioned
  • 2 cups chopped cooked turkey
  • 2 boxes chicken or turkey broth
  • *3-4 cups leftover vegetables
  • Salt to taste

*As above for Turkey Noodle Soup, use about a cup each of leftover vegetables such as green beans, lima beans, corn and carrots. If you do not have leftovers, you could use a can each of 3-4 vegetables, a bag each of several different frozen vegetables, or a larger bag of mixed vegetables.


Instructions:

  1. Pour broth into large stock pot or Dutch oven. Heat over medium heat.
  2. Break dumplings into 1” pieces and drop into boiling stock. Cook per package instructions, about 45 minutes.
  3. Add turkey last 10-15 minutes.
  4. Add vegetables, except corn and heat thoroughly. If using frozen, cook until vegetables are done. Add corn last to preserve texture.

Turkey Stew

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups cooked turkey, shredded
  • 1 large can tomato soup
  • 2 boxes chicken or turkey stock
  • 1 can diced tomatoes with juice
  • 2 medium potatoes, small diced
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 small bag frozen corn
  • ¼ c ketchup
  • 1/8 c vinegar
  • Lawry’s seasoned salt


Instructions:

  1. Pour stock and diced tomatoes into large stock pot or Dutch oven and bring to boil. Add ketchup, vinegar, and seasoned salt.
  2. Add shredded turkey, potatoes and onions, and boil until vegetables are done.
  3. Add tomato soup and corn. Cook until corn is done.
Turkey Corn Chowder

Turkey Corn Chowder

Turkey Corn Chowder

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans cream soup
  • 2 soup cans milk
  • 1 can Green Giant Nibblets corn
  • 2 cups diced cooked turkey


Instructions:

  1. Pour soup and milk into saucepan, and stir to blend.
  2. Add turkey and corn.
  3. Heat over medium heat until thoroughly warm.

Curried Turkey Salad

Turkey Salad with golden raisins, celery, curry powder, yogurt and leftover diced turkey

Turkey Salad with golden raisins, celery, curry powder, yogurt and leftover diced turkey

Curried Turkey Salad

Modified from Weight Watchers Quick Start Cookbook.

Ingredients:

  • ¼ c low fat yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp mayonnaise
  • ¼ tsp curry powder
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp white pepper
  • 3 oz diced turkey
  • 2 Tbsp finely diced celery
  • 1 T golden raisins
  • 2 slices of low calorie bread (no more than 45 calories per slice), ½ English muffin (no more than 80 calories), pita, wrap, or any bread of 80 calories or less


Instructions:

  1. Combine yogurt, mayo, lemon juice, and spices.
  2. Add turkey, celery, and raisins.
  3. Stir to coat.
  4. Serve on bread of your choice, no more than 90 calories.

Yield: One serving of 3 protein exchanges, 1 bread, ½ fruit, ¼ vegetable, ½ milk, and 1 fat.

Turkey Cranberry Walnut Salad

Turkey Cranberry Walnut Salad

Turkey Cranberry Walnut Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium organic apple
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 cups diced cooked turkey
  • 1 stalk finely chopped celery
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup coarsely chopped toasted walnuts
  • ¾ cup Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ tsp salt


Instructions:

  1. Core and dice apple, leaving peel (only if apple is organic). Coat with lemon juice.
  2. Add turkey, celery, cranberries, and walnuts.
  3. In a small bowl, blend yogurt and mayonnaise. Add salt.
  4. Pour dressing over turkey mixture and stir to coat.

Turkey Rice Salad

Cold lunch made with leftover turkey, rice, yougurt and diced vegetables

Cold lunch made with leftover turkey, rice, yougurt and diced vegetables

Turkey Rice Salad

Modified from Weight Watchers Quick Start Cookbook.

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz diced turkey
  • 1 c cooked basmati rice
  • 1/3 c finely diced celery
  • 4 Tbsp finely diced onion
  • 2 tsp mayonnaise
  • ½ c low fat yogurt
  • 1 ½ tsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp Dijon mustard
  • ½ tsp Lawry’s garlic powder with parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Combine mayo, yogurt, seasonings, lemon juice, and Dijon.
  2. In another bowl, combine turkey, rice, celery, and onion.
  3. Pour yogurt dressing over turkey mixture. Stir to Coat.
  4. Chill before serving.

Yield: 2 servings with 2 protein exchanges, 1 bread, ½ vegetable, and 1 fat serving each.

Sandwiches

Open Faced Turkey Sandwich With Broccoli

Ingredients:

  • Bread of choice
  • Mayonnaise
  • Broccoli
  • Turkey
  • Cheese of choice

Instructions:

  1. Spread thin layer of mayonnaise on bread.
  2. Add thin strips of broccoli (cut broccoli in thin strips lengthwise).
  3. Top with turkey, then favorite cheese.
  4. Heat to melt with cheese.

Open Faced Turkey Sandwich With Gravy

Ingredients:

  • Slices of crusty bread, toasted
  • Slices of turkey
  • Brown gravy

Instructions:

  1. Place turkey on bread.
  2. Pour gravy over sandwich.

Turkey Bacon Club

Ingredients:

  • Sandwich bread
  • Mayonnaise
  • Slices of turkey
  • Fried bacon
  • Slices tomato
  • Shredded lettuce

Instructions:

  1. Arrange as a single sandwich, or double decker (3 slices of bread per sandwich).

Turkey Dagwood

Ingredients:

  • Sandwich bread
  • Mayonnaise
  • Mustard
  • Sliced Swiss cheese
  • Sliced Cheddar cheese
  • Leftover sliced turkey
  • Leftover sliced ham
  • Sliced roast beef
  • Fried bacon
  • Sliced tomatoes
  • Shredded lettuce or arugula
  • Sliced Claussen’s Kosher dill pickles

Instructions:

  1. Assemble sandwiches and enjoy.

© 2011 rmcrayne

Comments

Tina from Wv on November 24, 2011:

Pretty good leftover ideas. I usually put my Turkey scraps into a white Christmas chili...

rmcrayne (author) from San Antonio Texas on November 24, 2011:

Thanks Christine. I have no idea if you can get it in Australia. Amazon has it. Can you order from Amazon? Also you could just make cornbread:

http://www.food.com/recipe/cornbread-272589

Then make your dressing with a little sage, like here:

https://holidappy.com/holidays/Thanksgiving-Southe...

Christine P Ann from Australia on November 24, 2011:

wow all the recipes sound awesome and yummy can you tell me if I can purchase the pepperidge farm stuffing mix in Australia? P.S. Love the cute doggie pic