20 Things to do with Turkey Leftovers

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This Christmas, we ended up with enough turkey leftovers to feed the whole neighbourhood! I really don’t want any of it to go to waste but what we have left goes beyond a few turkey sandwiches and some soup, so I went on a search for some interesting ways to use the rest. I have included some soup and sandwich recipes too that appealed to me.

If you find yourself with an abundance of turkey following a holiday meal, whether it be Thanksgiving, Christmas or Easter, I hope this list helps you with the turkey you may be looking for an out-of-the-box way to use.

20 Things to do with Turkeys Leftovers (especially handy for after the holidays!)

Turkey Hash with Chorizo from Comfortably Domestic – I’m a big fan of the way the recipes on Comfortably Domestic are laid out in such a way that I can follow them and I’ve had good success making a lot of the recipes there so I will be giving this one a try.

Turkey Tacos from Small + Friendly – Tacos are always popular around our house and these look delicious. By grinding or shredding your turkey, this recipe could easily be made with your holiday leftover meat.

Leftover Turkey Salad Rolls from The Pioneer Woman – an innovative way to use up the turkey and something fun to serve at a get together over the holidays

Turkey Stroganoff from Meet Penny – This recipe sounds like it would be fast to make and a good comfort food for winter.

Cajun Turkey Pot Pie from Simply Recipes – I love chicken pot pie so I don’t know why it never occurred to me to make it with turkey. Brilliant!

Best Chicken Turkey Enchiladas from The 36th Avenue – Replace the chicken in this recipe with the turkey in your fridge and you have a useful twist on a family classic.

Mexican Turkey Quesadillas from Life on Pig Row – Quesadillas are easy to make and most kids will eat them so these sound like a good solution to the problem of too many leftovers.

Turkey Tetrazzini from The Pioneer Woman – turkey, garlic, wine, butter, pasta, parmesan, BACON, veggies…need I say more?!

Teeny Turkey Bites from NurtureBaby – If you have little ones, these turkey meatballs sound like a great way to not only use your turkey but also sneak some veggies into their diets!


Zesty Turkey Panini from Southern Test Kitchen – This looks like a delicious way to upgrade the traditional turkey sandwich.

Turkey Grilled Cheese with Pickled Onions from Simply Recipes – You had me at grilled cheese!

Roast Turkey Club Sandwich with Cranberry Sauce from Closet Cooking – With this recipe, you can use up the leftover cranberries too.

Turkey, Havarti and Avocado Bagel Thin Sandwich from For the Love of Cooking – I love avocados so this is a good contender for my lunch tomorrow!

Sauteed Spinach and Turkey Sandwich from BS in the Kitchen – Just substitute your leftovers for the deli slices in this recipe.

Grilled Turkey & Brie Cranwich from Confections of a Foodie Bride – Finding this yummy recipe brought me to this site for the first time (don’t you think that’s an adorable blog name?!) and found myself browsing around for far too long! Some great ideas.


Turkey Pasta Soup from Kitchen Counter Chronicles – This can be frozen afterwards.

Spicy Turkey & Rice Soup from Meet Penny – Soup with a bit of a kick!

Chipotle Turkey Pozole from Simply Recipes – This soup is all about the toppings!

Turkey and Orzo Soup with Spinach from For the Love of Cooking – The orzo and spinach add a bit of a change from the usual.

Creamy Turkey Soup from Eat Your Beets – You likely won’t need to take a trip for groceries to make this as you likely have everything you need to make it using your leftover turkey and what’s already on hand.

What do you do with your turkey leftovers?


  1. We didn’t get any leftover Turkey this year, which was disappointing! 🙁 These look like great recipes, just pinned this post to my Lunch/Dinner board! 🙂

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