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:
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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.
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…
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!
I love these ideas for leftover turkey. I’ve got some in the freezer.
I’m impressed that your turkey ever makes it to the freezer. Our family of 5 manages to pick a 25 pound bird clean in about 4 days!
Excellent ideas, thankyouverymuch for sharing! I think the turkey and potato curry sounds especially yummy! Thanks for sharing!
Turkey and curry are a match made in heaven. I hope you give it a try.
So many great ideas! The turkey and stuffing casserole has my name all over it though. Must try that. :-)
It’s simple, but actually quite amazing in texture. I think you’ll love it
Heck yeah, pass me that Pilgrim Sandwich! Totally classic. Exactly what you want at midnight on Thanksgiving… or for breakfast the morning after. :)
I know right!. It’s just not Turkey day weekend without a massive, sloppy Pilgrim sandwich!
Great leftover ideas!!! Thanks for the suggestions!