13 Easy Leftover Turkey Recipes for After the Big Feast
You did it. Whether you cooked or simply reaped the benefits of someone else's cooking, you had a Thanksgiving feast to be remembered. But you don't really want to do it all over again the next day, right? Give new life to lingering leftovers with these super easy turkey recipes. These fuss-free recipes all call for pre-cooked turkey, so all you need to do is pull the leftovers out of the fridge. Here are 13 easy leftover turkey recipes for when you just can't be bothered to do any more extravagant cooking.
Easy Turkey Tetrazzini
It's no secret that turkey tetrazzini makes the ultimate Thanksgiving-leftover food. This easy-version comes together in just 45 minutes from start to finish. Reviewer Heather Pulley says, "I thought this would be a fine way to use some leftover turkey and it actually turned out much better than I anticipated!"
Turkey a la King
Cindy's Turkey Salad
After all that casserole the day before, you might be in the mood for something a little lighter, like this turkey salad. Reviewer Tanaquil says this recipe is, "A true favorite and I can't wait for the holidays to make this with the leftover turkey!"
Apple Curry Turkey Pita
Bring fresh flavor to blah turkey with a hefty dose of curry powder. Reviewer Johanna says, "The curry and apple mix really makes this pita special!"
Mom's Barbeque Style Turkey
"What a refreshing change for leftover turkey. By about the 3rd day of leftover turkey you want something that doesn't taste like turkey and this is it," says reviewer Athena2222. "I served it over leftover hot dog buns that I buttered and turned into garlic bread. It tasted tangy and a good BBQ flavor. My husband LOVED it and wants to make another batch with the rest of the leftover turkey to freeze for another time."
Reviewer Nancy T says, "This was very easy to make, and used up the last of the T-Day turkey!" This easy, cheesy casserole requires just 10 minutes of prep work.
What better way to liven up turkey than tacos! "We used our leftover turkey from Christmas dinner to make tasty tacos and burritos for a post-Christmas/pre-New Year's fiesta," says reviewer foodinmybelly. Keep the celebration going long after turkey day.
Grilled Turkey and Swiss Sandwich
You can't go wrong with a classic turkey and cheese. In this recipe mayonnaise is slathered on rye bread and topped with Swiss cheese, leftover turkey meat, and baby spinach, and then broiled.
Turkey Filled Omelette
Once you've risen from your post-turkey slumber, start the day off with this omelette that's stuffed with mushrooms, turkey, and savory seasonings.
Turkey Nuggets (or Chicken)
Nuggets aren't just for chicken. "This is a great recipe for leftover turkey or chicken. You can even use tuna or salmon. My kids LOVE it, especially paired with leftover mashed potato cakes," says recipe creator MEKELLER.
Italian Turkey Pasta Skillet
Turkey makes a leaner, lower-cost alternative to beef in this pasta recipe. Reviewer sgharris49 says, "Just what I was looking for - I substituted bowtie pasta for the spaghetti and added mushrooms — it was a nice break from dressing, gravy, mashed potatoes, etc."
Thanksgiving Leftovers Monkey Bread
This recipe combines three Thanksgiving leftovers in one: Turkey, mashed potatoes, and stuffing. Recipe creator SunnyDaysNora recommends serving this up with gravy or cranberry sauce.
Looking for something you can whip up in five minutes? Look no further than this simple sandwich made with ham, turkey, and mashed potatoes. Reviewer bd.weld says, "A great way to use up those holiday leftovers. Next time I will serve this with a side of leftover gravy for dipping."