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Ideas for Leftover Turkey

November 29, 2013

By Kath Dedon


Happy day after Thanksgiving (and Thanksgivukkah)! After the big turkey feast, and after sandwiches and reheated turkey and stuffing, you may be looking for ideas for using the rest of the bird.

Here are a few of my favorite recipes for leftover turkey. Just click on the links above the photos to see the recipes.


My hands-down favorite recipe for leftover roast turkey is Turkey Carcass Soup! I have made it for years just as it’s written here, and it’s one of our favorite soups of all time.

Turkey Carcass Soup

Turkey Carcass Soup 4


I originally made a Tetrazzini recipe with leftover Cornish game hens, but it would be terrific made with turkey or chicken. This one uses 2 cups of meat to make a small casserole that will serve 3 – 4. If you have 4 cups of leftover turkey meat, it will easily double to make a larger casserole to serve 6 – 8.

Cornish Game Hen (or Chicken or Turkey) Tetrazzini

Cornish game hen tetrazzini with peas


Quick Chicken or Turkey Curry is not a sophisticated curry, but it is a quick, easy, and tasty way to use some leftover poultry. We’ve enjoyed it for years.

Quick Chicken or Turkey Curry



I’ve made Pasta with Mediterranean Chicken Sauce using leftover turkey many times. You can stretch just one cup of leftover meat to make a dinner for four.

Pasta with Mediterranean Chicken Sauce

Pasta with Mediterranean Chicken Sauce


What are some of your favorite ways to use leftover turkey? As much as I love these, I’m always on the lookout for new ideas. 😉


6 Comments leave one →
  1. December 2, 2013 8:08 pm

    I made the Tetrazzini tonight with leftover turkey – delicious!

  2. December 3, 2013 5:07 am

    I still love any kind of tetrazzini… a kid at heart?

  3. December 16, 2013 8:57 am

    YUM! We always make turkey enchiladas with our leftovers 🙂

    • December 16, 2013 9:03 am

      Yum, indeed! Turkey enchiladas sounds like a fantastic way to use leftover turkey.

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