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Dinner is surely one of the most important meals of the year. But, when we are left with the turkey, which we all do, we often think about what to do with it? Should we wrap it up and place it in the freezer? Should we make something out of it?
And, Yes, I know you might have many things that you want to make with the leftover turkey, but here are some of the best Leftover Turkey recipes that will make your work so much easier.
Thanksgiving, when everything seems so dull and boring and all you can do is just wait for Christmas, then try and make these Leftover turkey breast recipes. I am telling you, you will feel like you are back in the festive season.
Can leftover turkey be frozen?
YES! But, slice the meat from Turkey. Take it off the bone and then slice the meat. Then wrap it in foil or freezer paper and keep them sealed in a freezer-friendly bag. If Turkey is not at room temperature, then cool it down in the refrigerator and then move it to the freezer. The cooked Thanksgiving Turkey can be frozen for up to 3-4 months.
How do you reheat frozen Turkey leftovers?
To reheat frozen turkey Leftovers you can keep it in a saucepan or microwave. You can also thaw it before you keep it in the saucepan. Make sure it reaches about 165F when measured with a food thermometer and then it is safe to eat.
Can I freeze sliced turkey?
If you are buying any deli meat – be it turkey or chicken you can easily freeze it. Make sure you wrap it in a freezer paper and then keep it sealed in a freezer-friendly bag or vacuum-sealed bag. Pop it in the freezer and it will be fine.
Best Leftover Turkey Recipes for Thanksgiving
Leftover Turkey in Creamy Mushroom Sauce By Natashas Kitchen
This turkey is so creamy and just perfect after you’ve had a lot on Thanksgiving Thursday. This will help you stay with the holiday fever for a while longer.
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 lb mushrooms sliced
- 1 small onion finely choppe
- 4 Tbsp unsalted Butter
- 3 Tbsp all-purpose flour gluten free flour works well too
- 1 1/2 to 2 cups chicken broth (low sodium)
- 4-6 Cups leftover turkey meat torn into bite-sized pieces
- 1/2 tsp sea salt or to taste
- 1/8 tsp ground black pepper or to taste
- 1 Tbsp Parsley to garnish optional
- Heat a large non-stick pan over medium heat. Add 2 Tbsp olive oil and diced onions and sauté until soft and golden (4-5 minutes, stirring frequently). Add mushrooms to the pan and sauté until soft and golden (5-7 min, stirring frequently). Remove mushrooms and onions from pan.
Turkey Rice Casserole by The Cookie Rookie
This casserole recipe is like the epitome of comfort. So easy to make and just perfect after a long day.
- 14 Ritz crackers about ½ cup
- 1 slice hearty sandwich bread about ¼ cup
- 3 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
For the Turkey Rice Casserole:
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1 medium yellow onion diced
- 2 medium carrots peeled and thinly sliced
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 1 cup long-grain white rice uncooked
- 1 cup water
- 2½ cups unsalted chicken or turkey stock
- 1 cup heavy cream
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ freshly ground black pepper
- 2 cup cooked turkey shredded or cubed
- 8 ounces sliced water chestnuts drained (1 can)
- ¾ cup grated Parmesan cheese
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
- 1½ teaspoon dried tarragon leaves or 1 tablespoon (mincefresh
- 1½ cup frozen baby peas
- Heat oven to 375°F and adjust oven rack to middle position. Spray an 8×8-inch casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray.
Turkey Tetrazzini By Jamie Cooks it Up
I just love Turkey Tetrazzini. They taste so good. And, is so cheesy and so comforting.
Time: 20 minutes prep + 30 min baking
Yield: 6 servings
half (16 ounce) box Spaghetti noodles
3 Tb butter, divided
2 C cooked turkey, chopped
1 C mushrooms, sliced
1 onion, chopped
salt and pepper
1 (10 ounce) can cream of mushroom soup
1 C milk (I used 1 %)
1/2 tsp poultry seasoning
1/8 tsp dry mustard
1 C sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1 C mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 Tb Parmesan cheese, shredded
1/2 tsp dried parsley
Turkey Enchiladas By Six Sisters Stuff
I just love Enchiladas. And if someone would serve me this big plate of Turkey Enchiladas, after a tiring Thanksgiving Thursday, I would be so happy.
- 2 cups cooked turkey (shredded)
- 1/2 teaspoon Chili powder (optional)
- 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese (divided)
- 8 soft flour tortillas
- 3 Tablespoons butter
- 3 Tablespoons flour
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 (4 ounce) can diced green chiles (drained)
- 1 teaspoon dried cilantro
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×13 pan using non-stick cooking spray.
- Mix cooked turkey, chili powder (optional) and 1 cup of Monterey Jack cheese together. Roll up in tortillas and place in pan.
- In a medium saucepan, melt butter, stir in flour and cook 1 minute. Add broth and whisk until smooth. Heat over medium heat until thick and bubbly.
- Stir in sour cream, can of chilies, cilantro, onion powder, garlic powder, and pepper.
- **Be sure that you don’t bring this to a boil- you don’t want to have curdled sour cream!
- Pour over enchiladas and top with remaining cheese.
- Bake 20-22 minutes and then place under high broil for 3 min to brown the cheese.
Turkey Noodle Casserole By Wine and Glue
Well, you can use up your leftover turkey and grab some noodles to make this easy peasy casserole that shall be ready in just 30-minutes.
- 8 ounces egg noodles (or 6 cups noodles) cooked in chicken stock, reserve one cup cooking liquid before draining
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 cup frozen peas
- 1 cup frozen corn
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
- 1 cup milk I used skim
- 1 teaspoons dried thyme
- 1 teaspoons dried sage
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 cups cooked turkey
- 2 cups shredded cheddar divided
- Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Spray a 3 quart casserole dish with cooking spray and set aside.
- Cook the pasta in chicken stock for two minutes less than the package suggests. Reserve one cup of cooking liquid before draining noodles and settting them aside.
Teriyaki Turkey Rice Bowls By Yellow Bliss Road
This cool bowl of Teriyaki Turkey is just the sort of dinner that would make your weekend just perfect. Just like the fast food that you would order, only its better.
- 1/2 cup Low Sodium Soy Sauce
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 tablespoons Red Wine Vinegar
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar or less as desired
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar or less as desired
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 2 tablespoons warm water
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup diced onion
- 2 tablespoons minced garlic
- 1 pound Ground Turkey
- 1 cup finely chopped broccoli
- 2 large carrots peeled and grated
- 2 green onions diced, for garnish
- 4 cups cooked white or brown rice divided
- Mix soy sauce, 1/4 cup water, red wine vinegar, sugars, garlic and ginger in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir with a whisk until sugar is dissolved.
- In a small bowl, whisk together 2 tablespoons warm water and cornstarch until cornstarch is completely dissolved.
Turkey Pot Pie By Spend with Pennies
Woh! I just love Pot Pies. So this time I will be surely making this recipe with my leftover turkey. I can say, my husband would love it.
- 1 egg beaten
- ⅓ cup butter
- 1 onion diced
- ⅓ cup flour
- ½ teaspoon poultry seasoning
- ¼ teaspoon thyme
- 1 cup chicken broth
- ⅔ cup milk or cream
- 1 potato diced and cooked
- 1 ½ cups frozen vegetables defrosted
- 2 cups leftover turkey
- 1 double pie crust
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Whisk egg with 1 tablespoon water. Set aside.
- Cook onion in butter over medium low heat until tender, about 5 minutes. Add flour, poultry seasoning, thyme, salt & pepper. Cook 2 minutes more.
- Whisk in chicken broth and milk a little bit at a time stirring after each addition. It will seem thick at first but will smooth out. Bring to a boil over medium heat, simmer 1 minute
Leftover Turkey Dinner By The Typical Mom
These small turkey dinner made in muffin pan would give me so much time to go for my Black friday shopping.
- 2.5 c Leftover turkey cooked, cut into small pieces
- 0.63 c mayonnaise or more if you want more moist
- 1.25 c swiss or mozzarella cheese, shredded, or more
- 1.25 pkg Crescent rolls 8 which was enough for the 5 of us
- 1.25 tsp dill pinch of each
- optional * dried cranberries or walnuts
- Spray non stick cooking spray into muffin tin.
- Push large side of crescent triangle into bottom of each muffin tin.
- Mix leftover turkey and all other ingredients together and spoon into each muffin tin hole.
- Fold small piece of crescent triangle over top of turkey mixture. Bake as directed on crescent roll container, or until lightly browned on top.
Cheesy Turkey Noodle Casserole By The Kitchn
When it comes to casseroles for Thanksgiving or Casseroles Post-Thanksgiving, I am always looking for these cheesy Noodle casseroles. One they taste really good, and two they are so easy to make.
- Cooking spray
- 12 ouncesdried egg noodles
- 6 tablespoonsunsalted butter
- 1medium yellow onion, diced
- 1 cupdiced carrots (from 2 medium)
- 1 cupdiced celery (from 3 stalks)
- 1 1/2 teaspoonskosher salt, plus more as needed
- 1/4 teaspoonfreshly ground black pepper, plus more as needed
- 4 clovesgarlic, minced
- 1/4 cupall-purpose flour
- 3 cupswhole or 2% milk
- 1/4 to 1/2 teaspooncayenne pepper
- 4 cupsshredded sharp cheddar (1 pound), divided
- 4 cupscooked, shredded turkey (1 pound)
- 1 cupsour cream
- Hot sauce, such as Frank’s RedHot, for serving (optional)
Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat the oven to 350°F. Meanwhile, coat a 9×13-inch baking dish with cooking spray; set aside. Bring a large pot or Dutch oven of salted water to a boil. Add the noodles and cook until al dente, about 6 minutes. Drain, rinse under cold water, and set aside in the strainer.
Melt the butter in the now-empty pot over medium-high heat. Add the onions, carrots, celery, salt, and pepper. Sauté until the onions are tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Add the garlic and cayenne and cook for 1 minute more.
In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onions, carrots, and celery and sauté until tender and softened, about 10 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another minute.
Turkey Wild Rice Soup by The Cookie Rookie
This wild rice soup looks just the sort of thing that one would need after a lot of eating on Thanksgiving Thursday. So comforting that you would just want to curl up under a blanket and enjoy this bowl of soup.
Slow Cooker White Turkey Chili By Sweet and Savory Meals
This creamy and slow-cooked turkey chili is definitely gonna be a huge hit in my family. The jalapenos on the top add just the right amount of heat to spice up my weekend.
Hearty Turkey Corn Chowder By Great Grub, Delicious Treats
Corn chowder and that too with Leftover turkey. Not bad. I have to say that this creamy and easy bowl of chowder would make the normal meal so much interesting.
Broccoli Rice Casserole with Turkey by Spend with Pennies
Wondering what to do with leftover turkey? Well, I suggest, make this Broccoli rice casserole. So creamy and so comforting.
Crack Turkey Salad By Plain Chicken
Not in a mood for a huge dinner after Thanksgiving Thursday? Well, try this crack turkey salad. Easy to make and delicious in taste.
Turkey Shepherds Pie By Julie’s Eats and Treats
I just love shepherds Pie. One is that you can easily reheat it. Second, you don’t have to give much time to make it.
Leftover Turkey Cranberry Melts By Two Peas and Their Pods
These cute and easy cranberry melts with Turkey is definitely the sort of meal that you would want to cook up after a lavish Thanksgiving Dinner.
Creamy Turkey Tetrazzini By Lil Luna
Thanksgiving Leftover Sandwich By Home Made Interest
Loaded Turkey Panini By Pinch of Yum
Turkey Taco Pasta By Yellow Bliss Road
Turkey Lasagna By Ambitious Kitchen
Creamy Turkey Casserole By Spend with Pennies
Sun-Dried Tomato Turkey Roll-Ups By Fit Foodie Finds
Leftover Turkey Noodle Soup By Jo Cooks
Leftover Turkey Detox Soup By Sweet Peas and Saffron
Low Carb Turkey Casserole with Cauliflower Rice By Kalyn’s Kitchen
Easy Turkey Pho By Pinch of Yum
Turkey Broccoli and Rice Divan by Melissas Southern Kitchen
Turkey Bacon Avocado Ranch Whole Wheat Pizza By How Sweet Eats
So, these were the best Leftover Turkey recipes. Hope you liked them.