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Turkey Leftovers: All The Best Leftover Turkey Recipes

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By Regina

leftover-turkey-by-nathalie-wilson.jpg Well, it’s that time of year again, the holidays are here!

I don’t know about you, but I always end up with way more leftover food than just me and my husband can eat. And if we’re not careful, it isn’t long before we’re pretty sick of turkey sandwiches.

I imagine many are like us, and would like to find some different recipes using leftover turkey.

Here are some ways to use leftover turkey in  creative, fun, and appetizing ways…

1. Get creative with your sandwiches.

Choose different kinds of bread, like sourdough, rye or even dill rye for a change of pace from the old wheat or regular white bread. Try different spreads such as garlic mayonnaise, or even mustard for a different flavor. Add extra toppings like avocado, tomatoes, cheese, lettuce or even sprouts!


2. Make turkey noodle soup.

This is one of our favorites. You do all the same stuff you would do to make homemade chicken noodle soup, except you add the cooked turkey instead. Oh, and if you need turkey broth, just boil the carcass with a little garlic, onion and a few carrots. This is a great way to get wonderful tasting broth for soups and casseroles. And you can freeze it!
3. Make homemade turkey pot pie.

Trust me, what you make homemade with leftover holiday turkey is going to taste way better than those freezer boxed things you can buy at the store. Plus they’re very filling!


4. Use leftover turkey in salads.

This is especially great if you’re trying to diet through the holidays. I’ve been known to buy those pre-cooked grilled chicken packages on occasion to add protein to my salads, but last year I tried out some leftover turkey instead and it was even better! You can freeze some of the leftovers and then use them periodically as well, if you like.
5. Following the Atkins diet where you use wraps instead of bread? Use leftover turkey in your wraps.

Since ingesting more protein is a part of this diet, this can be a wonderful way to stick to the diet while using up leftovers at the same time.
6. Make turkey hash.

Now, I know what you’re thinking, because you’re probably remembering canned corned beef hash from when you were a kid and maybe that doesn’t sound so good. But this is different, because we’re talking about homemade hash which is a whole other thing. You just need some cubed turkey, stuffing, onions, celery and possibly a bit of turkey gravy or stock. Mix it all together, heat it up in a cast iron skillet and it tastes wonderful.
7. Substitute turkey for other meats in dishes you wouldn’t normally.

Think: tacos or lasagna.


These are just a few of the many great recipes that can be found using leftover turkey from the holidays. With a little time and imagination, you can even make up some of your own!



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