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16 Creative Recipes For Your Turkey Leftovers

Don’t let good food go to waste. Upcycle your Thanksgiving turkey meat into a delicious new incarnation!

This might be highly controversial, but I don’t particularly love the taste of turkey – it’s birdy tasting and just kind of echh.

What I do love, are all the things that go on and around turkey, i.e., cranberry sauce, gravy, mashed potatoes.

If you would like some Thanksgiving recipes for more than just turkey – check out this post: The 20+ Best Thanksgiving Recipes on Pinterest

I may not be the biggest fan of turkey, but I DO love the way you can mask the pure taste of the turkey by inserting it into other delicious food, therefore making it edible and less funky tasting.

So, almost more exciting than the Thanksgiving day turkey, are the endless possibilities of how to re-purpose it.

Here is a roundup of some creative and sure-to-please ways to use up those fowl leftovers.


Leftover Turkey and Wild Rice Soup
from Happy Healthy Mama

turkey rice soup

Italian Turkey Soup from Your Home Based Mom

italian turkey soup
Turkey & Sweet Potato Chili from Pinch of Yum

turkey chili

Turkey Dumpling Soup by Wine and Glue

turkey dumpling soup
Turkey Mulligatawny Soup by Simply Recipes

turkey mulligatawny soup


Honey & Lime Turkey Enchiladas by Grits and Pine Cones

turkey enchiladas

Creamy Cheesy Turkey Enchiladas Recipe from Simply Recipes

turkey enchiladas

Creamy Turkey Tetrazzini by Genius Kitchen

turkey tetrazzini

Turkey Butternut Squash Casserole by Wine and Glue

turkey casserole
Ground Turkey Stroganoff by Genius Kitchen

You’ll have to alter this a little to not use ground turkey, but the end result will be similar to the recipe. Some recommend lightening the recipe’s fat content by using Greek yogurt instead of sour cream.

turkey stroganoff

Turkey Shepherd’s Pie by Baked by Rachel

turkey shepherd's pie

Turkey Pot Pie by Taste of Home

turkey pot pie


Leftover Turkey Carnitas by Serious Eats

turkey carnitas

Avocado Turkey Salad by Taste of Home

avocado turkey salad

Turkey Salad by Recipe Girl

turkey salad

Curried Turkey Salad with Pumpkin Seeds by Palatable Pastime

curried turkey salad

These recipes should give you plenty of ideas for what to do with your day-after gobbler.

turkey leftovers pin

How Do You Re-Purpose Your Turkey Leftovers?

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