Delicious Ways with Leftover Turkey

Are you tired of turkey yet?  Sometimes I freeze big portions of turkey to use later, and most years I’ll boil the bones for soup, or turkey and dumplings.  I thought today would be a great day to show you some recipes to make the leftovers taste like a fresh meal with different flavors.  Starting off, this recipe uses a lot of little bits left over, with your leftover cranberry sauce and some barbeque sauce, you have a totally new meal.  I used toast only because I didn’t have any sesame seed buns, but they are great with any kind of bread – Sloppy Toms with Cranberry Barbeque Sauce

Sloppy Toms at From My Carolina Home

Leftover Chicken or Turkey Mornay – a lighter version than I have had in the past, scrumptious with the topping of mornay sauce and lots of cheese.  It’s a great meal to use your individual au gratin dishes, but if you don’t have these, it works fine in a larger baking dish.

Lighter Mornay ~ From My Carolina Home

And I have more ideas for using leftovers in individual au gratin dishes in my post on Creative Leftovers.  Using leftover pasta, you could add some turkey to this dish for an Italian Turkey with Penne.

Creative Leftovers ~ From My Carolina Home

Turkey Casserole for a Crowd – this recipe starts with a raw breast, but just substitute leftover turkey and feed a house full of company!


For more ideas, including a new recipe for a Turkey, Spinach and Rice casserole, see my post Leftover Turkey – A Cornucopia of Ideas.  It also has links to some of my leftover pork recipes which would do very well with leftover turkey, like Enchiladas and Pot Stickers.  Of course, turkey soup with noodles is a leftover tradition.

Turkey Noodle Soup

Substitute turkey for the pork in my Leftover Nachos.


One last idea, surfing the internet on Thanksgiving day, I came across this crazy idea in more than one place, so I tried it. You’ll need your leftover dressing and a waffle maker. No, I am not kidding.  I was amazed at how well this worked.

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The crunchy part of the dressing is the best part, and this will give you a lot of crunch.  Spoon the dressing onto the waffle maker not too thickly, press the lid down and bake for about 5 minutes.  If it needs a bit more, just press the lid down again and go another minute or two, depending on how moist the dressing is to start.  It is a bit tricky to get it out in one piece, but trust me it won’t matter if you don’t.

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Add turkey and some gravy, and you have a fresh tasting leftover turkey and dressing meal.  After all, it is the best meal of the week, so have it one more time.

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Those are a few of my ideas for using up the leftovers.  I hope you had a wonderful weekend!  What’s your favorite go-to meal using leftover turkey?

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14 thoughts on “Delicious Ways with Leftover Turkey

  1. I often make lasagna roll ups with my leftover turkey. Add ricotta cheese, finely chopped onion and broccoli to leftover chopped up turkey. Mix it up and add a heaping spoonful to a flat lasagna noodle, spreading it out over the length of the noodle. Roll it up and place in a casserole dish. Cover with your favourite pasta sauce and cheese and bake. Delicious!

    1. Linda B

      Ricotta makes any casserole better!! There are just two of us, so I make casseroles in an 8×8 glass dish. My formula is meat, vegetables, ricotta and provolone cheese…take breakfast sausage, hamburger, turkey, whatever, and saute with onions and celery. Place in the bottom of the 8×8 pan. Deglaze the pan with just a little chicken broth or other liquid and add to the pan. Add a layer of vegetables: french green beans, or butternut squash, or broccoli or ???. Spread a layer of ricotta over all. Add slices of provolone cheese. Bake at 350 for about a half hour or less. Great as a main dish or smaller portion as a side dish with something like scrambled eggs. Also freezes well.

  2. Gwynette in NW Arkansas

    Last evening I made Shepard’s Pie using chopped turkey, leftover gravy with vegetables mixed in, a Pioneer Woman pie crust I had frozen, and mashed potatoes (left over) with several cloves of garlic chopped and mixed in with them. Temps are falling here all day and the leftover “pie” is going to be filling and warm us up again tonight!!

  3. Karen F

    One of our favorites is turkey enchiladas the day after Thanksgiving. We also like turkey spaghetti, pot pie and deluxe sandwiches. No matter how you fix it, it’s all good! I like the Shepard’s Pie idea and everything I need is sitting in my frig so that’s what I’ll make for tonight. Then it will all be gone for another year. 😦

  4. Kari

    Carole I love the waffle maker and left over dressing….I have got to try it. Good job with leftover turkey,
    Kari @ Me and My Captain

  5. Brenda Ackerman

    Hello Carole, I enjoyed pinning your recipes. We have a lot of leftover turkey this year, due to the fact that our oldest daughter bought a very large turkey to feed five adults, who all have small appetites. I would like to try your Turkey Casserole recipe tonight. We try and buy several turkeys this time of year and freeze them to have one about every three months. Turkey is such an economical way of saving money on our grocery bill by doing this. One of our favorite left over Turkey recipes to have is Turkey Manicotti and another recipe we enjoy is Turkey Noodle salad. Thank you for sharing all of your delicious recipes with us and everyone who shared recipes in their comments. Have a spectacular day!

  6. Melanie

    Love the idea of using the waffle maker to make leftover stuffing! Sort of like Rachel Ray’s “Stuffin’ Muffins” where you bake Thanksgiving stuffing in muffin cups for more crispiness. I’ve done it and it’s wonderful. Our faves are turkey noodle soup, enchiladas, and good ol’ day after turkey sammies with cranberry sauce on sour dough bread. Pile on the lettuce, too! Yum. We never get tired of leftover turkey, use it in so many recipes. Thanks for all your suggestions!

  7. thedarlingdogwood

    These look so good! I’ve seen some on your blog before but it’s good to have them all in one place. I will absolutely try the stuffing waffles! Looks great, and my son (age 5) will get a kick out of it, I bet!

    This year I made turkey wild rice soup, turkey pot pie, and turkey wild rice casserole. I also love turkey croquettes, but we didn’t make mashed potatoes this time so I didn’t have any for croquettes. But my husband’s family likes turkey at Christmas, so I’ll get another chance real soon!

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