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Winning Recipes for Turkey Leftovers

These are my go to recipes for turkey leftovers! I have a few freezer options to avoid turkey burnout.

Turkey Risotto

One of the easiest recipes for turkey leftovers

Simply Delicious!

I think that risotto gets a bad reputation for being hard to cook but really it's simple. Risotto is one of the best recipes for turkey leftovers.

Turkey Thyme Risotto Recipe_ How to Make It

                Add broth to a small pot and keep on warm. Get a small bowl and add chopped onion (1/2 cup) and mushrooms then set aside. Chop turkey and place in a small bowl then set aside. Mince garlic clove and place in a small prep bowl then set aside. Mince fresh thyme set aside.

Gather the rest of the ingredients and the following for measuring: 1 cup, 1/2 cup, 1 tablespoon, and 1/4 teaspoon for easy measuring. Follow the recipe as directed. Enjoy!

                I like to eat this with a side of roasted vegetable. If you are doing the same, preheat your oven and prepare your vegetables before you start prepping for the turkey risotto. Pick your vegetable, chop into 1 inch pieces, cover with 1/2 to 1 tablespoon of olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper then bake at 425° F for 20 to 30 min. Stir half way through. 

Turkey Tetrazzini

Turkey Tetrazzini!

                Mince fresh parsley and fresh thyme and put in a small prep bowl then set aside. Mince garlic and put in a small prep bowl and set aside. Zest and juice lemon and set aside. In a small bowl combine milk and egg yolk then set aside. Chop turkey and set aside. 

                Gather the rest of the ingredients and the following for measuring: 1/4 cup, 1/3 cup, 1/2 cup, 1 tablespoon, 1 teaspoon, 1/2 teaspoon. Follow recipe as directed. Enjoy!

Turkey Mac & Cheese

From my freezer to my oven!

I love Ina Garten's Mac and Cheese. I have tried many and this for me is the best! I omit the tomato and add 3/4 pound of Turkey instead.

Mac and Cheese Recipe _ Ina Garten _ Food Network

                This recipe is not healthy but it is delicious. Grate all of the cheese and place in a medium sized bowl. Cut the crust off the white bread and process in a food processor until the size of bread crumbs. Add  1 tablespoon of melted butter and mix well. Chop 3/4 pound turkey and place in a medium bowl. Gather the rest of the ingredients and the following for measuring: 1 cup, 1/2 cup and 1/2 teaspoon. Follow the recipe as directed. Enjoy!

                Freeze option: Cool completely then place in the refrigerator for about 1 hour uncovered. Then cover with tin foil followed by plastic wrap. 

Baking from frozen: Preheat oven to 375° F, remove plastic wrap leaving the tin foil in place. Bake for 45 minutes. Remove tin foil and bake for 15 more minutes. Temperature should read at least 165° in center. 

Turkey Salad

                Wash your favorite lettuce such as: romain, blended mix, baby spinach, iceberg, green leaf, red leaf, etc.

                Top with your favorite salad toppings:

cucumber, olives, peppers, banana peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, hard boiled egg, green onion, red onion, carrot, tomato, sugar snap peas, avocado, cheese, bacon, celery, cranberries, beans, etc. 

                If you are feeling bold try roasting vegetables such as: butternut squash, onion, carrot, sweet potato, parsnip, carrots, etc. on a sheet pan covered in olive oil, salt and pepper. Chop the vegetables bite size about an inch except the onion. Cut the onion into wedges. Bake at 425° F for 30 minutes. Stir the vegetables after the first 15 minutes of cooking. I like to add dried cranberries and walnuts to the top. 

                I usually stick to 5 toppings but put as many or as little as you like! Don’t forget to add your turkey. I also love Ina Garten’s Vinaigrette For Green Salad .  Try it out, it’s simple and delicious and one of the simplest recipes for turkey leftovers.

Turkey Pot Pie

One of the most delicious recipes for turkey leftovers

From my freezer to my oven!


For the crust: Measure the ingredients before you start. Add ice cubes to your water so it gets really cold while you are performing the other steps.

All-American Turkey Potpie Recipe_ How to Make It

                This recipe is not healthy but it is delicious. This one is one Andrew’s favorite recipes turkey leftovers. For the filling: Measure out your frozen peas and corn. Add them to the microwave for 30 seconds to thaw then set them aside. Get a large bowl then chop and add: the potatoes, carrots, celery, onion and mince the garlic then set aside. Get a small bowl and then chop your turkey and set aside. In a small bowl add your flour and milk until smooth then set aside. Measure 1 cup of broth. Add 1 tablespoon of butter to your high lipped sauté pan and begin! Follow the recipe as directed. Enjoy!

                Freeze option: Follow the recipe as directed making sure the filling is completely cooled. Once the pot pie is assembled place in refrigerator for an hour uncovered. Then take out the pot pie and cover with tin foil. Cover again with plastic wrap.

                Baking from frozen: Preheat oven to 400° F, remove plastic wrap leaving the tin foil in place. Bake for 1 hour. Remove tin foil and continue to bake for 30 minutes.

Turkey Noodle Soup

Turkey Noodle Soup

                Get a large bowl then chop all the vegetables and place them in the bowl set aside. Mince garlic and put in a small prep bowl then set aside. Chop turkey and leave on the cutting board for later. Gather the rest of the ingredients and the following for measuring: 1/4 teaspoon, 1/2 teaspoon and 1 cup. Follow the recipe as directed. Enjoy! 

                Freeze option. Do not put noodles in the soup. Let soup cool down to room temperature then place in the refrigerator for 1 hour. Scoop soup into quart or gallon freezer bags.

                Cooking from frozen: Get a 2 quart pot (if quart bag was used) or 4 quart pot (if gallon bag was used) then remove soup from bag and reheat on low until soup is thawed. Sometimes scissors are needed to remove the soup from the bag.  Bring to a boil and then add egg noodles for 5 – 7 minutes. 

Turkey Gravy Sandwich

Hot Turkey Panini

                This recipe is not healthy or budget friendly but it is a delicious and one of the classic recipes for turkey leftovers. I start by making Ina Garten’s Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy with Onions and Sage it is worth the time. I make this gravy every year for Friendsgiving. 

Is there anything better than a sandwich made from fresh bread? My mouth waters a little just thinking about it because I love fresh bread. Nervous about making bread? Don’t be. Here is a great recipe that will not fail you: Egg Bread with Wheat Germ.

                If you have leftover gravy from Thanksgiving this sandwich is quick to put together. Follow the recipe as directed.  Enjoy!  

I find it can be a challenge to use all of the remaining turkey after Thanksgiving. I started a notebook to keep track of the recipes I enjoyed. I hope these recipes for leftover turkey help you reduce waste without getting burned out on turkey!

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