Turkey was recently .57/lb ( which is a great price here in Florida, even around Thanksgiving). But, the smallest size was 15 lbs. To put this in context, we are having a quiet dinner at home with just my mother visiting this Thanksgiving.
Our entire meal this year involves 3 grown adults and 2 children….and a 15 lb turkey.
Let’s be honest…there are going to be a LOT of turkey leftovers.
To avoid reheating the same plate of food over and over, I reached out to some friends in the blogosphere for some ideas on how to re-create our leftover turkey into different meals.
They came through with so many delicious turkey leftover recipes that I decided to share them all of you ( just in case you also face piles of Turkey for the forseeable future).
Feel free to scroll through and peruse, or use this mini table of contents to jump right to a specific section if you see a recipe that immediately flips your fancy:
Turkey And Stuffing Waffles
BBQ Turkey Lettuce Wraps
Moroccan Turkey Couscous Balls
Turkey Tacos with Cranberry Salsa
Turkey Spinach Lasagna Rolls
Instant Pot Mole With Turkey
Turkey Spinach Alfredo Pizza
Leftover Turkey Pot Pie
Leftover Turkey Casserole
Leftover Ham and Turkey Cheesy Rice Casserole
Kale and Butternut Squash Turkey Soup
Creamy Turkey and Wild Rice Soup
Leftover Turkey Stew
Leftover Turkey and Wild Rice Stew (With Almonds)
Turkey Salad with Pomegranate and Apple
Hot Turkey Sandwich
Southwest Turkey Wrap
Leftover Turkey and Cranberry Sandwich
Leftover Turkey and Sweet Potato Ritzwitch sandwiches
If you’re like Mr. L, you can eat anything for breakfast. It kindof bugs me. I could never heat up a plate of spaghetti at 7:00 a.m. and chow down. But something about turning my turkey and stuffing leftovers into a waffle dish just sounds AMAZING. We have gotten a lot of use out of our inexpensive Oster Waffle Maker, and it looks like we will be breaking it out for another breakfast soon! This recipe from Allie at Sugar, Spice and Family Life would be so yummy for Black Friday brunch!
Samantha and Dominic Milner at www.recipethis.com turn their leftovers into some exotic deliciousness. These Moroccan Turkey Couscous Balls make me want to buy an Air-Fryer TODAY! Maybe there will be a sale on Black Friday?
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You know how the Moroccan Couscous made me feel about the Air-Fryer? I am getting all those feels again now about an Instant Pot. This looks absolutely amazing and would be awesome over rice and black beans with some tortillas.
With the help of Ragu Alfredo Sauce, this Turkey and Spinach Alfredo Pizza ( also shared by Jen from wearychef.com )comes together so easily. It looks so delicious, I bet you may forget you are even eating leftovers!
Casseroles and Pies:
Nothing screams comfort food more than a classic pot pie! This recipe from JenniferBakes.com is the perfect way to create the classic dish with turkey leftovers!
My kiddos love noodles. So, if I am ever in doubt of what their finicky tastes may be feeling any given night, I know I can go to a noodle dish of some sort and be okay. I am confident that this tetrazzini casserole, shared by Alli from www.dancingthroughtherain.com would be a hit! I am excited to be adding it to my “leftover” repertoire.
The only way I can get my kids to eat broccoli is to practically drown it with cheese. The SavingSaavyCouple, Amy and Jared, must totally get that, because they shared this Cheesy Rice Casserole – which I know will be a hit in my house.
Using some Knorr Cheddar Broccoli Rice to kick-start the dish, it only takes 25 minutes to get on the table and is a great way to use up holiday leftover meat.
I adore cream-based soups! I love the richness and smoothness of soups that have a little bit of bulk to them. This Creamy Turkey and Wild Rice Soup from Ashlee at www.ashleemarie.com looks absolutely amazing!
I absolutely have to include a slow-cooker recipe ( and I can’t boast enough about how much I love my programmable 6 qt. slow cooker) Lisa from www.lowcarbyum.com uses turnips and green beans to round out this delicious (and healthy) leftover turkey stew, that she creates in the slow-cooker for a simple ‘fix it and forget it’ hearty meal.
I fully believe you cannot have too many turkey and wild rice soup recipes in one post. Maryea of HappyHealthyMom shares this delicious, rich recipe that using sherry wine, half and half and some slivered almonds for amazing texture and some crunch.
Amanda from www.myglutenfreemiami.com has an amazing recipe for Turkey salad using pomegranate and apples. She pairs it with gluten-free bread, which speaks to my soul since I am gluten-sensitive, as well. This would make the perfect lunchbox item for that Monday after Thanksgiving when work is beckoning.
I can’t believe I never thought of just dousing turkey in gravy and putting it on a bun. Ann from www.annsentitledlife.com shares this tip/recipe and it sounds amazing, especially when you are already busy enough during the holiday season!
Yes. I am classifying a turnover as a sandwich. By golly, it’s my blog and I’ll call a turnover a sandwich if I want to! 😉 Seriously, though, this is another goody from Ann at www.annsentitledlife.com . Using pre-made pie crusts and leftover turkey, these Turkey Turnovers are simple, delicious and can easily go into a lunchbox for a workplace meal.
Turn your leftovers into a fun holiday ‘lunchable’ with these super cute Turkey and Sweet Potato Ritzwitch sandwiches from www.suburbia-unwrapped.com
There ya have it!
21 delicious turkey leftover recipes that will still keep your dinner-time unique…even if you have to eat turkey for a full two weeks after the holiday!