10 Terrific Turkey Leftover Recipes

2010-03-04T19:57:41+00:00 Food, Recipes|

Let’s talk turkey leftovers! Yum! There’s nothing more frugal than taking your turkey leftovers and spinning them into a second (or third) delicious dinner. To get the most from your lovely leftovers, I’ve put together a few simple, fast, and terrific turkey leftover recipes for some frugal dining fun.

Most of the ingredients can already be found in your refrigerator. Yay! But feel free to substitute ingredients based on availability and affordability. In these 10 delicious recipes I’ve included a few for breakfast, lunch, and dinner too. Now get reheating, stir frying, and cooking to save some clucky bucks. Gobble gobble!

1. Turkey Dijon Honey Mustard Pizza with Provolone

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Pick your crust: This is a flexible recipe where any kind of pizza dough works. I’ve used whole wheat wraps as a crust substitute, store bought pizza dough, and even a bag of English muffins for small individually sized pizzas (kids love this option). I used English muffins in the photo, above.

Preheat oven to 400F. Mix 1 tablespoon honey with 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard and 1/2 tablespoon whole grained mustard. Paint the pizza crust with honey and mustard mixture. Top pizza with 2 cups shredded turkey and then add 1 1/2 cups grated provolone cheese. Sprinkle with fresh basil. Bake pizza for about 5-10 minutes or until cheese is melted and browned on top.

2. Turkey and Quinoa Stir Fry

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Cook 1 cup quinoa (see How to Cook Quinoa for instructions) or cook 1 cup of your favorite rice according to package directions. Meanwhile, saute 1/2 onion with 1 clove garlic in 1 tablespoon olive oil until tender. Add 4 cups vegetables (broccoli, snap peas, carrots, mushrooms, rapini, or whatever you like!) until tender. Add 2 cups turkey and stir fry until heated through. Mix in quinoa or rice. Top with almonds.

3. Turkey with Salad, Cheese, and Asparagus

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Toss leafy green lettuce with your favorite cheese, and 1/2 cup whole or chopped almonds into 4 serving bowls. Top with sliced turkey and asparagus. Drizzle with vinaigrette of your choice and season with salt and pepper.

4. Turkey Hash Browns with Eggs

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Saute 3/4 pounds diced potatoes, 1 chopped red bell pepper, and 1 chopped onion in olive oil until the potatoes are tender and golden (15 minutes). Stir in 1 cup diced leftover turkey and 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley and cook until heated. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with fried or scrambled eggs.

5. Turkey Fried Rice with Shrimp

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Cook 1 cup of your favorite rice according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, add a splash of olive oil, 1 1/2 cups shredded turkey, 1 cup frozen peas; simmer until heated through. Add 1 1/2 cups cooked, thawed shrimp. Stir in rice, 2 sliced scallions, and 2 chopped plum tomatoes.

6. Turkey and Quinoa Salad

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Cook 3/4 cup quinoa (see How to Cook Quinoa for instructions). Transfer to a large bowl and toss with 2 cups leafy green lettuce or lettuce of your liking. Add 2 cups shredded turkey 1/2 cup dried cranberries, 2 tablespoons olive oil, and 1 teaspoon of fresh squeezed lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper.

7. Turkey Chili

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Saute 1 chopped onion and 1 green bell pepper in olive oil until tender. Add one can diced tomatoes, two cans kidney beans (rinsed) OR soak dried beans, 2 cups shredded turkey, 2 cups water, 2 teaspoons ground cumin, 1 teaspoon chili powder, dash of cayenne pepper; season with salt and pepper. Simmer until chili is thick, around 30 minutes.

8. Turkey and Rice Soup

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Cook 1 cup of your favorite rice according to package directions. Meanwhile, simmer 2 cut-up carrots in 6 cups low sodium chicken broth until tender, 12-15 minutes. Stir in rice, 1 1/2 cups shredded turkey and any leftover vegetables from your holiday dinner — such as rapini, potatoes, broccoli, brussels sprouts, beans, etc. — and cook until heated through.

9. Turkey Sandwich or Wrap

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Get rolling with a whole wheat wrap or get sliced with two pieces of rye bread. Spread wrap or bread with Dijon mustard or even with leftover homemade cranberry sauce. Top with turkey, lettuce, and cheese. Serve with apple slices and salad on the side.

10. Play it again Sam!

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This is the easiest turkey leftover recipe of them all. Just stick your head into the refrigerator (don’t strain yourself now) and take a peek at what’s left from dinner. Reheat turkey, potatoes, brussels sprouts, squash, carrots, homemade cranberry sauce, Turkey Meatloaf Muffins, Rolled Turkey Breast or whatever! Serve on a plate. Enjoy!

Your Two Cents: Are you a lover of leftovers? Got any turkey tips or other turkey recipes?


  1. Wojciech November 26, 2009 at 9:17 am

    Awesome! This will come in super-useful tomorrow when we sit around (again) and eat some more. Thanks for putting these together.

    Have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!

  2. FrankP November 26, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    Call me boring or traditional but turkey soup is my main use of leftover turkey meat (and of course the carcass). It’s a staple for lunches at the office for many days/weeks to follow.

  3. Jutebug November 26, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    Yummy! (And beautifully photographed.)

  4. Simon November 26, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    I don’t have any nifty turkey leftover recipes but wow – I just came back stuffed with food and your photos got my appetite worked up again.

    Looks delicious!

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  7. Jason November 29, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    I vote for #5 and #1 – and now I have to go eat because my mouth is watering! I think I’ll go with #5 tonight!

  8. Fiona November 25, 2011 at 10:16 am

    you missed turkey pot pie 🙂

  9. JMK November 25, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    Turkey (or chicken) Enchiladas. I’m a big fan of using leftovers in a way that in no way resembles the original meal. Anytime we back chicken we always do way more than needed for that night just so that we have the extra precooked meat for enchiladas the next night. There are a miillion recipes online but most call for 1-2 cups of chopped up turkey/chicken pieces so it’s a great way to use up the little bits of turkey leftovers. If you don’t want the enchiladas right away, then measure the amounts of meat you’ll need into freezer bags for later. Last Christmas we went to far as to cook an extra turkey the day after christmas (no stuffing to keep it simple) and bagged and froze ALL of the meat for future meals. We finished the last of it around Easter.

  10. Nancy K October 4, 2012 at 9:55 am

    I use egg roll wrappers pushed into muffin tins & lightly baked, then remove from oven when golden. While they are baking, make a basic cream sauce (equal parts butter & flour cooked off; add milk & cook until thickened) to which I add leftover chopped turkey and vegetables. Ladle into egg roll cups, microwave for 15 seconds to soften the egg roll & serve. Optional: top with grated cheese. My family loved these and they became a ‘day(s) after’ tradition in our home.

  11. Kerry October 4, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    @Nancy K Those sound DEVINE! 😀

  12. Lindsey December 2, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Kerry, I just tried your Honey Dijon recipe. I had to tweek it to make it Gluten free, so instead of a ‘pizza crust’ I lined a baking pan with sliced Sweet Potato then layered the turkey and drizzled the mustard mix over the top and covered with the provolone cheese. OMGoodness it was so good! Thank you for such a simple and great recipe :O)

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