Top 20 Leftover Turkey Recipes

turkey chili made with leftover thanksgiving turkey
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Here are some of the most popular turkey recipes on this site, including turkey sandwiches, empanadas,  casseroles, turkey pot pie, croquettes, and turkey and pasta dishes. If you have leftover turkey, try one of these great-tasting recipes.

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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. We used half-and-half, but you can use a lower-fat milk or light cream if you prefer. 

  • 02 of 19
    Turkey, Ham, and Swiss Cheese Casserole
    Diana Rattray

    Swiss cheese and a little-diced ham give this casserole extra flavor. Serve this casserole with sliced fresh tomatoes or a tossed salad for a fabulous family meal. Leftover croissant crumbs make a great topping for this dish.

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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 as appetizers. Freeze these croquettes before breading, then complete with coating ingredients and instructions after thawing. These are delicious served with leftover or store-bought gravy and cranberry sauce.

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    Turkey With Penne and Asparagus
    Diana Rattray

    We used mini penne pasta in this hearty casserole, but elbow macaroni or small shells would work just as well.

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    Turkey and Mushroom Crepes With Parmesan Sauce
    Diana Rattray

    This is a great way to use that leftover turkey, and it makes a very special meal. Serve these crepes with broccoli or asparagus spears and a salad, or add a rice dish for a heartier meal.

  • 06 of 19
    Turkey and Biscuit Bake
    Diana Rattray

    This hearty, flavorful turkey and biscuit bake is a great way to enjoy that leftover turkey, but the casserole would also be great with chicken. The homemade biscuits are a snap to prepare, but feel free to use purchased frozen biscuits to top this casserole.

  • 07 of 19
    Turkey Quiche With Peppers
    Diana Rattray

    We used red poblano peppers and pepper jack cheese in this flavorful quiche, but you could also make this quiche with less heat by using plain Cheddar jack cheese and sweet red bell pepper. This is a great way to use leftover cooked turkey, and it makes a wonderful brunch, lunch, or dinner dish.

  • 08 of 19
    Turkey a la King
    Diana Rattray

    An easy recipe made with leftover turkey and veggies, along with the cream of mushroom soup and seasonings. Serve this turkey over rice or toast.

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  • 09 of 19
    Turkey Empanadas
    Diana Rattray

    These tasty empanadas are simply made with Thanksgiving leftovers and some seasonings. These little turkey pies are delicious with cranberry sauce!

  • 10 of 19
    Turkey Salad with Grapes
    Diana Rattray

    This fruited turkey salad gets lots of extra flavor from the sliced grapes and a little lemon juice. For added crunch and protein, add coarsely chopped pecans or walnuts and enjoy on lettuce for lunch or use it in a hearty sandwich.

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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 in lettuce or wraps. Great with fries or chips, along with a cup of soup or a tossed salad.

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    Turkey Divan
    Diana Rattray

    This is an easy casserole made with homemade white sauce, cheese, broccoli, cooked turkey, and a little Parmesan cheese. It's a very tasty way to prepare the leftover turkey.

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    Leftover Turkey Pie
    Diana Rattray

    An easy pot pie, made with cooked diced turkey, frozen peas, milk, cream of mushroom soup, and a cornmeal topping.

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    Macaroni and Cheese With Pimiento
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    An easy turkey casserole, made with macaroni, chopped celery and peppers, Cheddar cheese, almonds, cooked diced turkey, and cream of chicken soup, along with milk and seasonings.

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    Easy Turkey Tetrazzini
    Diana Rattray

    Turkey tetrazzini is one of our favorite recipes for using leftover turkey. But you don't have to wait for a major holiday dinner to make this tasty dish. Make it with diced cooked chicken or cook a simple turkey breast or turkey tenderloins.

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    Turkey Enchiladas
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    These tasty turkey enchiladas are made with leftover turkey, cheese, sour cream, and tortillas. Serve turkey enchiladas with rice or a tossed salad.

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    Creamed Turkey
    Diana Rattray

    This creamed turkey is delicious over toast or puff pastry shells, or serve it on rice or with pasta.

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    Seasoned Bread Stuffing
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    This tasty turkey casserole recipe is made with leftover turkey, leftover stuffing and gravy, and a little cranberry sauce for topping.

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    Leftover Turkey Curry
    Diana Rattray

    This is a simple recipe for turkey curry. The tasty combination of diced turkey with curry seasonings, ginger, and crushed pineapple make a surprisingly tasty dish, and an excellent way to fix leftover turkey.