Use Up Leftover Turkey With These Recipes

From classic turkey casseroles and soups to amazing turkey and mashed potato croquettes, you're sure to find creative ideas and recipes in this list to help use up those Thanksgiving leftovers. If you happen to go away for Thanksgiving, you might be tempted to roast a turkey or turkey breast when you get home just for the leftovers!


3 Amazing Leftover Thanksgiving Sandwiches

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    Turkey and Sweet Potato Soup

    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 Casserole

    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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    Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Pizza

    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

    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. Whichever option you choose, it's sure to be delicious!

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

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    Turkey Pasta Casserole With Asparagus and Cheddar Cheese

    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

    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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    Savory Turkey and Mushroom Crepes

    Turkey and Mushroom Crepes With Parmesan Sauce
    Diana Rattray

    Crepes are another excellent way to 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

    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

    leftover turkey curry
    The Spruce

    Leftover cooked turkey is diced and simmered with a nicely seasoned combination of curry powder, ginger, chicken stock and pineapple. We suggest serving this turkey curry with rice. Yum!

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    Turkey and Broccoli Quiche

    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 a nice flavor to the filling.

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    Gravy-Smothered Thanksgiving Leftovers Burrito

    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 and Green Onions

    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

    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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    Thanksgiving Leftovers Pita With Cranberry Pomegranate Sauce

    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

    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 Red Grapes

    Turkey salad sandwich

    The Spruce


    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 Egg Rolls With Sweet and Sour Cranberry Sauce

    Thanksgiving Leftovers Egg Rolls
    Leah Maroney

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

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    Turkey Divan

    Turkey Divan
    Diana Rattray

    This easy casserole is 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 Pot Pie

    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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    Turkey Macaroni Casserole

    macaroni casserole
    Jupiterimages / Getty Images

    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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    Quick and Easy Turkey Tetrazzini

    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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    Tasty Turkey and Cheese Party Buns

    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

    Turkey Salad in a Sandwich
    Diana Rattray

    This is a basic turkey salad. Delicious when served in either your favorite sandwich rolls or bread, a lettuce wrap or in tortilla wraps. Add fries, chips or a cup of soup for a tasty lunch or supper.

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    Leftover Turkey and Stuffing Casserole

    Seasoned Bread Stuffing
    Charles Islander / Getty Images

    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

    Turkey Enchiladas
    Steve Cohen/Photolibrary/Getty Images

    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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    Leftover Turkey Salad Lettuce Wraps

    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. Delectable!

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    Creamed Turkey

    Creamed Turkey
    Diana Rattray

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