Turkey Leftovers

Turkey leftovers recipes from Simply Recipes, other food blogs, and more ideas from commenters.

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Looking for ways to prepare all that leftover turkey from the big day? Here are a few ideas from this site, as well as from other food blogs. Enjoy!

Turkey Leftovers Ideas from Simply Recipes

Turkey Leftovers Ideas from Other Food Blogs

Got more leftovers ideas? Let us know in the comments.

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  1. ChrissiHR

    I’ve poured over your turkey recipes, but I’ve noticed something that you haven’t seem to have made yet from turkey leftovers – turkey pasties. (PASS-tees, not PACE-tees =D)

    Unfortunately, my Mammy’s pastie dough recipe is a family secret, but I’m sure you could find a reasonably decent recipe for Cornish pastie dough online somewhere. ;)

    Too often I’ve found turkey pastie recipes online that were just someone’s idea of a way to unload ALL their Thanksgiving leftovers. I’m a pastie purist – tiny cubes of your meat of choice, potatoes, and, maybe, onions – all diced no more than a 1/2″ cubed and cooked before being baked into the crust. After baking, and if they’re not being saved to put in lunches or some such, you get out a plate while it’s still steaming hot, peel back the top layer of the crust and ladle on some heavily-peppered turkey gravy. (My brother and I also love beef-potato-onion pasties with peppered beef gravy and ketchup. =D)

    I’d love to see your take on turkey pasties!

    Chrissi, Cyber School Mom

  2. Neva

    Though the leftover turkey sandwich with all the trimmings is really my favorite part of the meal…TURKEY HASH! It’s another that is a great & yummy way to use up those leftovers!

    No fussy recipe…
    saute up some onions & celery, then add potatoes & whatever other leftover veggies you have along with chunks of turkey…let it get crispy (sometimes I put it in the oven 350-400 for 30 min, depends on how hungry my husband is & how long he is willing to wait) serve it with over easy eggs…YUMMY!

    My mom used to make curried turkey with the leftovers & serve over jasmine rice :)

  3. Carol

    So far we’ve had turkey sandwiches, turkey quesadillas with a southwestern veggie soup, and turkey crostini. The leftover soup and turkey from making quesadillas were combined and frozen for a SW turkey & veggie soup next week (served with either cheese quesadillas or warmed tortillas). Still have 4 cups of rough chopped turkey meat in the freezer.

    I’m cooking another turkey tomorrow (the Thanksgiving one was sooo good that hubby wanted another), and so will need to come up with more ideas. Hubby doesn’t like tetrazzini or shepherd’s pie, but I am considering chili, burritos, hash, and a phyllo-filled something or other.

  4. Erin

    Mmmm, these all sound delicious! Our turkey leftovers usually go something like:
    1) Open-faced sandwiches piled high with potatoes, stuffing, turkey and gravy
    2) Turkey soup
    3) Turkey pot pie with celery seed pastry crust (I always put aside some of the homemade stock to use in the pot pie)

  5. Judy

    I am looking for a recipe using turkey in a shepherds pie. Anybody have that recipe to share?

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