Turkey Leftovers Recipes

Find classic recipes for leftover turkey like turkey soup, turkey casserole, turkey salad, and turkey pot pie — plus delicious twists on your favorites.

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Chef John's Turkey Noodle Casserole

Rating: 4.23 stars
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This delicious casserole is for leftover leftovers. I don't know about you, but after a few days of eating Thanksgiving leftovers, no matter how tasty they originally were, I want something that makes me forget there's even turkey in it. Since ingredients like garam masala, spicy cheese, and peppers aren't typically used in the meal, they work wonderfully here to disguise the last of a holiday bird.

Tex-Mex Turkey Soup

Rating: 4.74 stars
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Not only is this soup yummy, it sure beats leftover turkey sandwiches for days on end following a holiday!

Turkey a la King Deluxe

Rating: 4.5 stars
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My boyfriend and I made a rather large turkey breast and it was just the two of us, which meant a lot of leftover turkey meat! A few days later, I had to come up with something quick for dinner, and used things I had on hand. It's not exactly gourmet but a good take on the nostalgic dish and everyone at work the next day said it smelled GREAT! Serve over hot buttered rice.

Turkey Salad

Rating: 4.6 stars
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Spread it on crackers! Make it into a sandwich! This melt in your mouth appetizer will have your whole party jumping! It's great during the holidays or anytime.

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Easy Turkey Tetrazzini

Rating: 4.39 stars
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An easy, quick turkey dish that turns precooked turkey into a family favorite.

Thanksgiving Leftovers Stuffed Shells

Rating: 4.33 stars
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This recipe sounds odd, but I promise it makes for an unbelievable, rich hearty meal! Family and friends all show up a couple days AFTER Thanksgiving knowing this will be on the menu... Cheesy and delicious, and feeds a crowd!

Apple Curry Turkey Pita

Rating: 4.47 stars
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This is great for turkey leftovers. Simple, quick and flavorful. This is a good one for substitutions too. I've used white wine in place of lemon, sour cream in place of yogurt, chicken in place of turkey and Indian naan in place of the pita. Enjoy!
By Anonymous

How to Make Turkey Manicotti

Rating: 4.6 stars
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When you're looking for something completely different to use up those turkey leftovers, this could be it! A tender, eggy pasta-like crepe enfolds the cheesy, amazing filling. You can make the crepes and filling ahead of time.

Monte Cristo Sandwich - the Real One

Rating: 4.51 stars
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This is the real Monte Cristo sandwich. It has a nice thick batter and is absolutely delicious. Enjoy hot sandwich with currant jelly or make a currant sauce with currant jelly, water and heavy cream.

Grandma Carlson's Turkey Pot Pie

Rating: 4.81 stars
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This savory comfort food dish is the most popular Thanksgiving leftover meal in our house. With the flakiest of pie crust and fresh herbs, it'll be a hit in yours as well.

Turkey Croquettes

Rating: 4.7 stars
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This is a great recipe to use up leftover turkey or chicken. It does not taste anything like leftovers. Makes about six 2-inch croquette balls. Definitely need to double or triple recipe for large groups as I can eat 2 croquettes easily.
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Inspiration and Ideas

10 Leftover Turkey Casseroles for After Thanksgiving
These comforting casseroles turn bland and boring turkey into completely new creations.
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Make a few easy, pre-made freezer meals over the long Thanksgiving weekend — and put your leftover Thanksgiving turkey to work while you're at it.

Turkey Carcass Soup

Rating: 4.67 stars
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A great way to not waste a single bite of turkey. This is a delicious soup and one of my favorites. If you want to freeze some, leave out the potatoes.