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Leftover Turkey Recipes That Will Make You a Star in the Kitchen

These leftover turkey recipes are guaranteed to put a new spin on that leftover holiday bird. Some take just minutes to make, while others are more involved and adventurous. Fear not! Regardless of the amount of time you have or your level of leftover mastery, you’re definitely going to find several new family favorite leftover turkey recipes here.

This is a collection of the best turkey leftover recipes from our kitchen. We’ll start with the basics, like the pilgrim sandwich and leftover turkey stew, and move on to other recipes that you might not have thought you could make with leftover turkey. (Trust me, you can, and they’re fantastic.) By the time you’re done here, you’ll never wonder what to do with that leftover turkey again.

Leftover Turkey recipes from our kitchen to you:

The Pilgrim Sandwich. - A Classic leftover turkey recipe.

The Pilgrim Sandwich. – A Classic leftover turkey recipe.

You’d be hard pressed to find a more classic leftover turkey recipe than the pilgrim sandwich. Basically, it’s an entire Thanksgiving meal on bread. Sometimes with gravy and sometimes without, either way it’s a great way to start the day after Thanksgiving.
See our version of the Pilgrim Sandwich here…

Leftover Turkey Stew - An awesome leftover turkey recipe

Leftover Turkey Stew – An awesome leftover turkey recipe

Not only is Leftover Turkey Stew a classic in the world of  leftover turkey recipes, it has consistently been one of the most popular recipes to ever come out of our kitchen. On top of that, it’s so simple to make that you’ll wonder why you haven’t been making your own for years.
Check out our version of Leftover Turkey Stew here…


Leftover Turkey Shepherd's Pie - A tasty and elegant way to use up your leftover Holiday dishes

Leftover Turkey Shepherd’s Pie – A tasty and elegant way to use up your leftover Holiday dishes.

If you’re looking for a wonderfully tasty and fairly elegant way to serve up that leftover turkey, then the shepherd’s pie needs to be on your list of things to try this year. These are especially good if you have leftover giblet gravy to cook your veggies and turkey in. Trust me. Everybody will love this recipe.
Find the recipe for leftover turkey shepherd’s pie here…

Leftover Turkey and Potato Curry - A sublime and warming twist on holiday leftovers

Leftover Turkey and Potato Curry – A sublime and warming twist on holiday leftovers

Curry powder and turkey have an affinity. They work together so well, in fact, that I use curry powder to roast my turkeys every year for Thanksgiving and Christmas. When it comes time to boost the flavor of my leftover turkey recipes, I often turn to curry powder, because the flavor is already present. This is comfort food at its finest for our family, and something we make as often as we can.
Get the full recipe for leftover turkey and potato curry here…

 

Leftover Turkey Tacos. A Southwestern spin on traditional holiday leftovers.

Leftover Turkey Tacos. A Southwestern spin on traditional holiday leftovers.

If you’re a fan of  leftover turkey recipes with a little more kick, then you should probably try our recipe for leftover turkey tacos. They’re zesty, warming and perfect on a chilly night with the family. Just a suggestion though. Make more than you think you’ll need. Almost everyone will ask for seconds!
Go see our recipe for leftover turkey tacos here…

Turkey and Dressing Casserole - A great way to use up leftover turkey and dressing

Turkey and Dressing Casserole – A great way to use up leftover turkey and dressing.

If you’ve got leftover turkey and leftover stuffing (Not something that happens here very often.), then you’ll definitely want to try our leftover turkey and dressing casserole. It’s a simple and delicious way to transform those leftovers into an entirely new meal that the whole family will love.
Check out the full recipe for Leftover Turkey and Dressing Casserole here…

Leftover Pulled Turkey Sandwiches with Rainbow Slaw - The ultimate leftover turkey recipe

Pulled Leftover Turkey Sandwiches with Rainbow Slaw – The ultimate leftover turkey recipe

While arguably the most time-consuming leftover turkey recipe on this list, our pulled leftover turkey sandwich recipe is guaranteed to wow you. Soft, moist and savory pulled turkey with a wonderful crunch and acidity from the rainbow slaw. Really, this may be the perfect leftover turkey recipe, and possibly one of the best sandwiches I’ve ever had.
Check out the recipe here…

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For an outrageous soup experience that still captures all the flavors of Thanksgiving, You’d be hard pressed to beat this recipe for ramen made with leftover turkey. It’s a Thanksgiving twist on traditional Japanese ramen, and I guarantee it will make your mouth very happy, Y’all.

Thai Peanut Leftover Turkey and Noodles - A surprisingly savory take on leftover turkey

Thai Peanut Leftover Turkey and Noodles – A surprisingly savory take on leftover turkey.

If you’ve been longing for a completely different take on leftover turkey recipes, then this is the recipe for you. We merged the flavors of chicken satay, Thai peanut sauce and the sweet overtones of Japanese curry into one dish that embodies the best of all three worlds. This one is a keeper folks.
Check out the recipe here…

Turkey stock made from the last bits of leftover turkey. A must have recipe in any cooks arsenal.

Turkey stock made from the last bits of leftover turkey. A must have recipe in any cook’s arsenal.

Last, but oh-so definitely not least on this list of leftover turkey recipes is turkey stock. Don’t waste the last bits of that once grand bird. The carcass makes a wonderful, rich stock that’s perfect for soups, stews and gravies well into December and beyond. Freeze in small batches to get your turkey fix well into the summer months!
Get our family favorite turkey stock recipe here…

A Never Ending Quest:

Of course, this is not an exhaustive list of leftover turkey recipes. There are hundreds of great recipes on blogs and recipe sites all over the web. we’ve just begun to scratch the surface. I’ll add new recipes to this list as we perfect them. (And with the remains of a 25 pound turkey sitting in the fridge as I write this, you can bet I’m already coming up with a list of new ways to turn it into something wonderful.)

Do you have a favorite leftover turkey recipe that’s not listed here? If so, let us know. We’ll throw together our spin on it and share it with the world!

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