Top Leftover Turkey Recipes

broccoli and turkey quiche
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From classic turkey casseroles and soups to amazing turkey and mashed potato croquettes and saucy crepes, you're sure to find a recipe in this list. That leftover turkey won't go to waste with these creative ideas and recipes. If you go away for Thanksgiving, you might want to roast a turkey or turkey breast when you get home just for the leftovers!

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    Turkey and Sweet Potato Soup
    Diana Rattray

    Leftover turkey teams up with sweet potatoes, a variety of mixed vegetables, bacon, and optional mushrooms in this delicious and attractive soup. The recipe calls for half-and-half, but feel free to lighten it up with whole milk. 

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    Turkey, Ham, and Swiss Cheese Casserole
    Diana Rattray

    Swiss cheese and a some diced ham flavor this turkey and pasta casserole. Leftover croissant crumbs make a tasty topping for this dish.

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    Thanksgiving turkey pizza with bacon
    Leah Maroney

    Here's a genius idea for using leftover Thanksgiving fixings -- make pizza! The stunning pizza turns the leftover turkey and mashed potatoes into toppings for this homemade pizza. Bacon, cheese, and scallions finish it nicely.

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    Turkey and Mashed Potato Croquettes
    Diana Rattray

    Make these turkey croquettes for a post-holiday meal or make smaller ones and serve them as appetizers.

    The croquettes are shaped and frozen, and then they are finished with the coating and fried to perfection. Serve them with leftover or store-bought gravy and cranberry sauce.

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    Turkey With Penne and Asparagus
    Diana Rattray

    Use mini penne pasta, elbows, or small shells in this cheesy turkey, pasta, and asparagus casserole.

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    Turkey and Dumplings
    Leah Maroney

    Make this fabulous turkey and dumplings with chicken if you don't have turkey. It's a Southern-style dish made with homemade buttermilk dumplings.

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    Turkey and Mushroom Crepes With Parmesan Sauce
    Diana Rattray

    Crepes are another excellent way jazz up leftover turkey. The crepes are elegant enough for a special dinner and easy enough for an everyday family meal. Serve the crepes with steamed broccoli or asparagus spears and a salad. Add a rice dish for a heartier meal.

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    Turkey and Biscuit Bake
    Diana Rattray

    This turkey and biscuit bake is a great way to enjoy that leftover turkey, and it can be made with chicken as well. Add some chopped fresh parsley to the homemade biscuits for an extra-special look. Cut the prep time in half with purchased frozen biscuits or a can of refrigerated biscuits.

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    Leftover Turkey Curry
    Diana Rattray

    Leftover cooked turkey is diced and simmered with a nicely seasoned combination of curry powder, ginger, chicken stock, and pineapple. Serve the turkey curry with rice.

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    broccoli and turkey quiche
    Broccoli and turkey quiche with bacon. Wolfgang Schardt/Getty Images

    This incredible quiche is full of fresh broccoli, chopped cooked turkey, and shredded Gruyere (or Swiss) cheese. A dash of curry powder adds flavor to the filling.

     

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    turkey leftover burritos
    Leah Maroney

    Turn your holiday dinner leftovers into a tasty burrito. Heat your leftover turkey, mashed potatoes, and stuffing and wrap them up in a warm tortilla. Hot leftover gravy and some shredded cheese make up the topping for the burrito. Make one or make several!

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    Turkey Quiche With Peppers
    Diana Rattray

    Red poblano peppers and pepper jack cheese give this turkey quiche a burst of color and some heat. Or make it with sweet red bell peppers and mild cheddar cheese. It's an excellent brunch, lunch, or dinner dish.

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    Turkey a la King
    Diana Rattray

    Here's another classic way to use leftover turkey and vegetables. Condensed cream of mushroom soup and seasonings make this turkey a la king an easy and convenient dish to put together on a busy day. 

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    turkey and stuffing pita
    Anita Schecter

    Use pita bread, flatbread, or naan in this innovative sandwich. The cranberry pomegranate sauce, shredded cooked turkey (or chicken), and leftover stuffing make up the savory topping.

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    Turkey Empanadas
    Diana Rattray

    Thanksgiving turkey and some leftover vegetables are used to stuff these yummy empanadas. Serve these little turkey pies with cranberry sauce.

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    Turkey Salad with Grapes
    Diana Rattray

    Grapes and a lemony mayonnaise dressing flavor this turkey salad perfectly. Optional chopped pecans add texture to the dish. Toast the pecans for extra flavor.

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    Thanksgiving Leftovers Egg Rolls
    Leah Maroney

    These eggrolls are another exciting way to repurpose the holiday leftovers. Serve the egg rolls with the tangy sweet and sour cranberry sauce. And they are freezer-friendly!

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    Turkey Divan
    Diana Rattray

    This easy casserole made with homemade white sauce, cheese, broccoli, cooked turkey, and some grated Parmesan cheese. The dish is briefly broiled to brown the cheese topping.

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    Leftover Turkey Pie
    Diana Rattray

    This turkey pot pie recipe includes a homemade pastry. Feel free to use a sheet of prepared pie pastry if you're short on time.

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    macaroni casserole
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    This macaroni and cheese casserole makes good use of that leftover turkey. A simple sauce brings the ingredients together while the toasted almond topping adds texture. Replace the toasted almonds with buttered breadcrumbs if you'd like.

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    Easy Turkey Tetrazzini
    Diana Rattray

    Turkey tetrazzini is a classic casserole typically made with cooked leftover turkey. Don't wait for a holiday dinner to make this tasty dish. 

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    Thanksgiving Leftovers Party Buns
    Grilled Cheese Social

    Use leftover Parker house rolls or a flat of pull-apart dinner rolls (e.g., Kings Hawaiian) to make these tasty turkey and cheese appetizer sandwiches.

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    Turkey Salad in a Sandwich
    Diana Rattray

    This is a basic turkey salad, delicious in your favorite sandwich rolls or bread, or serve it on lettuce or in tortilla wraps. Add fries or chips or a cup of soup for a tasty lunch or supper.

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    Seasoned Bread Stuffing
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    This tasty turkey and stuffing casserole is always a hit. It makes use of leftover turkey, dressing, and gravy. Top the casserole with cranberry sauce or serve it on the side.

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    Turkey Enchiladas
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    These tasty turkey enchiladas make good use of leftover turkey. Cheese, sour cream, and tortillas are among the ingredients. Serve turkey enchiladas with Mexican rice or a tossed salad.

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    Turkey Salad Lettuce Wraps
    Leah Maroney

    Are you watching your carbs? These amazing turkey salad lettuce wraps will help get you back on your lower carb regimen after that holiday feast. The topping is a homemade cranberry and maple mustard.

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    Creamed Turkey
    Diana Rattray

    Serve this creamed turkey on toast points, biscuits, puff pastry shells, or over hot cooked rice.