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What better way to enjoy your Thanksgiving leftovers than by using them for Leftover Turkey Recipes? With these recipes for leftover turkey, you can turn your leftovers into amazing meals that will make you wish you’d cooked a bigger turkey!
What to Do with Leftover Turkey
- Make a turkey leftovers sandwich using all your holiday leftovers – including the mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce! You might question putting mashed potatoes on bread at first, but trust me, these sandwiches are delicious. I like adding mayonnaise and arugula to mine, but you can even add cheese (provolone is great!).
- Turn the whole turkey carcass and leftovers into an amazing leftover turkey soup to use every last bit of the bird. It’s amazing!
- Shredded turkey makes a great replacement for chicken in chicken noodle soup. It is so warming for the winter months.
- Make turkey chili using leftovers. This is one of my favorites – I swap out chicken from my favorite chicken chili recipe and use turkey instead!
- Turkey sliders are an incredible choice for using up leftover turkey. They are like mini leftover Thanksgiving sandwiches; you can top these with your other leftovers, too!
- I love making leftover turkey salad for my family by replacing the chicken in this Buttermilk Ranch Salad with slices of turkey. It is so delicious!
- Make these chicken empanadas using turkey instead. Turkey empanadas are an amazing use of Thanksgiving leftovers!
- Turkey Tetrazzini is one of the best recipes using leftover turkey you can make. It is so satisfyingly warm and delicious!
- Use your leftovers to make a Chicken Mushroom Pie with turkey, instead! Turkey pairs beautifully with the mushroom filling of this comforting pie.
- Make Pinwheel Sandwiches with leftover turkey for a fun lunch or dinner!
- Add leftover turkey to Zuppa Toscana! This is another delicious soup for the winter.
Skip reheating a plate for the same meal twice! Turkey leftover recipes are a fun choice for what to do with leftover turkey, and there are plenty of options to choose from.
Here’s a fun tip: use the leftover mashed potatoes to make Stuffed Potato Balls to pair with your leftover turkey recipes. These are my family’s absolute favorite!
Leftover Turkey Recipes
Recipes with Leftover Turkey FAQs
Leftover turkey lasts about 3-4 days in the refrigerator, so you have plenty of time to repurpose it into recipes using leftover turkey!
The best way to reheat leftover turkey slices is to do so in a baking dish with turkey stock and butter, and to reheat them slowly in the oven. This is a great way to reheat leftover turkey if you want to make leftover Thanksgiving sandwiches with warm turkey rather than cold.
- Best Turkey Recipes
- Smoked Turkey
- Spatchcock Turkey
- Instant Pot Turkey
- Air Fryer Turkey
- Thanksgiving Turkey
- Roasted Turkey Breast
- Grilled Turkey
- Sous Vide Turkey
- Deep Fried Turkey Recipe
Also try my guides and recipes for…
- Turkey Stock
- How Long to Thaw a Turkey
- Turkey Temperature: Times and Temps for Turkey
- Butter Injection for Turkey
- Dry Turkey Brine
- Turkey Seasoning
- How to Make Turkey Gravy
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Turkey Leftover Recipes: Turkey Tetrazzini
- 9 by 13-inch casserole dish
- Cooking spray
- Large pot
- 12 oz. egg noodles
- 8 Tablespoons butter divided
- 1 small onion diced
- 4 Tablespoons flour
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 2 cups whole milk
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- 3 cups turkey meat cooked and shredded
- 6 oz. canned sliced mushrooms
- ¾ cup frozen peas
- ½ cup parmesan cheese
- ¼ cup mozzerella cheese
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
- 2 Tablespoons fresh parsley chopped, for garnish
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray a 9 by 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray and set it aside.
- Cook egg noodles in a large pot, following package instructions, then strain and set aside.12 oz. egg noodles
- Add 4 Tbsp. butter to a large skillet along with diced onion. Cook on medium-high until the onions are translucent.8 Tablespoons butter, 1 small onion
- Add flour and whisk until a thick paste forms a roux.4 Tablespoons flour
- Slowly add chicken broth and then milk, whisking until smooth and creamy, to form your béchamel.1 cup chicken broth, 2 cups whole milk
- Mix in Italian seasoning and nutmeg, then shredded turkey, mushrooms, peas, Parmesan, and mozzarella. Season with salt and pepper to taste.1 teaspoon Italian seasoning, ¼ teaspoon nutmeg, 3 cups turkey meat, 6 oz. canned sliced mushrooms, ¾ cup frozen peas, ½ cup parmesan cheese, ¼ cup mozzerella cheese, salt and pepper
- Finally, add in the cooked egg noodles and gently mix to combine.12 oz. egg noodles
- Add the mixture to the greased casserole dish and smooth it out into an even layer.
- In another pan, melt the remaining butter over medium-high heat and add panko breadcrumbs. Cook until golden, stirring constantly.8 Tablespoons butter, 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
- Remove the crumbs from the pan immediately once golden, and sprinkle them over the casserole evenly.
- Bake for 30 minutes, until bubbling and heated through. Top with parsley for garnish, and enjoy!2 Tablespoons fresh parsley
- Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
- Alternatively, allow to cool, then freeze in an airtight freezer-safe container wrapped in foil for 3-4 months. Label with the freezing date. Reheat in the oven at baking temperature until heated through.