6 Awesome Leftover Turkey Recipes

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Ahhhhh Thanksgiving dinner!  How I love you!  But if you’re like my family we always have WAY too much turkey leftover.  So what should you do with it?  There’s only so many hot turkey sandwiches you can make, right? Though I do admit that they make a nice yummy lunch.  Because I’ve got a fridge full of leftover turkey courtesy of my AWESOME mother-in-law, I looked through Pinterest and found these 6 awesome leftover turkey recipes that I thought I’d share with you:

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1. Leftover Turkey Stew
This is a simple method for taking those last little bits of turkey and turning them into something hearty and filling at the same time. The addition of a ton of potatoes takes the focus off of the turkey and puts it on the vegetables which, in this case is exactly where it belongs.

2. Leftover Turkey Bake
This moist casserole is a great way to finish extra turkey. Dotted with pretty cranberries, the satisfying hot dish is a perfect way to warm chilly winter nights.

3. Leftover Turkey Jambalaya
Turkey’s gaminess compliments the andouille and holds its own against the cajun spices. Aargersi also includes smoked paprika, a smart touch. Don’t be put off by the ingredient list, which calls for Zatarains rice, Abita Amber or Joe’s stuff. Use what you can find.

4. Leftover Turkey Tetrazzini
This retro casserole uses up leftover turkey in a tangle of egg noodles, button mushrooms and cheesy sauce with delicious results. Baked in one pan, or divided into individual ramekins, it’s sure to become an annual post-holiday tradition. Use both white and dark turkey meat, as the dark meat will add moisture.

5. Turkey Artichoke Panini
It’s a terrific way to use up leftover spinach artichoke dip, or an excuse to make some up…try Low Fat Spinach and Artichoke Dip or Skinny Spinach Artichoke Dip to cut out some of the fat.

6. Leftover Turkey Broccoli Divan
Our quick and easy recipe, featuring turkey, broccoli and just the right amount of Cheddar cheese makes for a divine Turkey Divan.

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday but the leftovers can be overwhelming! I hope these recipes help spark some ideas on how to use up the leftover turkey and that you had an amazing day with your family and friends!

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  1. RolandasPT4U says:

    Thanks Janice, I am saving this for what we will also have to look forward to after Christmas day here in England. It’s so much better to be prepared with some healthy & tasty recipes …rather than looking at the leftover turkey as some kind of daunting challenge.

  2. Abby @ BackAtSquareZero says:

    I am very simple and just it it warmed up with cool cranberry sauce on top.

  3. jill conyers says:

    This year my turkey was the best ever (aka not dry!) so I’m loving the leftover turkey! All the great recipes I collected and I keep eating turkey, avocado and dijon mustard toasted sandwiches. Yum!

  4. No leftover turkey for us this year- I cheated and went completely nontraditional this year. I made smoked brisket!!!
    These recipes look good- we love paninis!

  5. Diatta @ Femme Fitale Fit Club says:

    I’m about to be turkeyed out but a nice turkey soup sounds delish!!!

  6. Kerri Olkjer says:

    These are brilliant! My family has always been stuck on either just a warmed plate of what we had Thanksgiving or the good old turkey sandwich.

  7. Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner says:

    I think my family would like the stew. As long as I don’t have to cook it. I am exhausted after all of this-it’s a lot of work!

  8. I have my turkey carcass in the crockpot right now. Yay for homemade broth.. for soups and stews and the meat that comes off the bone will go into stirfries and soups, too. Love leftover turkey!

  9. 1401939389 says:

    oh ya, panini time!

  10. Yummy!! I have pinned these recipes to save and try for myself (and my family) for next month!!

    Thank you!

  11. Leftover Turkey Tetrazzini – sounds and looks delicious!

  12. I love a good turkey sandwich, but I may need to branch out after seeing these recipes! Love the panini idea. I wish I didn’t have to wait until November 🙁