When it comes to the holidays there is one thing that is always guaranteed… the fact that there will be plenty of leftovers to eat throughout most of the following week. It’s inevitable.
While the most popular way to enjoy leftover turkey is turkey sandwiches, that can get pretty boring pretty quickly. But using up that leftover turkey doesn’t have to be boring.
You may enjoy this Turkey Sweet Potato Skillet recipe that I have shared, and these Asian Turkey Meatballs.
Before we dive into the delicious recipes to make with leftover turkey, I am sharing some important common questions and answear that people have when it comes to leftover turkey meat.
How long does leftover turkey stay good in fridge?
Leftover turkey will stay good for 3-4 days in the refrigerator. Make sure that the turkey is in a sealed container for optimal freesness.
Can you freeze cooked turkey after 4 days in fridge?
This is really not recommended. If you want to freeze your leftover turkey, I would do so within the first day, so that your turkey doesn’t dry out or go bad.
What is the best way to freeze leftover turkey?
The best way to freeze leftover turkey is as follows. Remove the turkey meat from the bone, then wrap the meat in freezer paper or foil. Add that to a plastic freezer bag, and press out all of the air, then seal it.
Why does my turkey smell like rotten eggs?
The scent of rotten eggs when it comes to turkey probably means that the turkey is spoiled. This is a tell tale sign that it should be thrown away, and not consumed. Eating spoiled turkey can result in a food born illness.
Recipes to Make with Leftover Turkey
Alright, so now that we’ve got some commone questions answered, let’s move on to the ways that you can use your leftover turkey!
So, let’s mix it up a bit and make some interesting, yet delicious, leftover turkey recipes with that food taking up all that space in the fridge. These easy-to-make recipes are made with leftover turkey, so you enjoy new flavors all week long.
Recipes to Make with Leftover Turkey
Leftover Turkey Nachos
Add a little spice to your day with these turkey nachos. Using leftover turkey makes this an easy dish that will be gone in no time.
Easy Leftover Turkey Quesadillas Recipe
Looking for a tasty snack the day after? These easy-to-make leftover turkey quesadillas can be paired with your favorite Mexican flavors.
Thanksgiving Turkey Stromboli
If you love a good stromboli, mix it up during the holidays by making it with leftover turkey! It’s a surprising dish that’ll have your taste buds jumping for joy.
Leftover Turkey Chili Recipe
A filling and comforting bowl of chili is always the best for cooler months. This turkey chili uses leftovers, so they don’t go to waste.
Leftover Turkey Enchiladas
Easy to make and delicious, these enchiladas are made with leftover turkey. It’s also a healthy dish that’s full of flavor.
Leftover Turkey Tikka Masala
A tasty twist on an Indian classic, this Tikki Masala is made with leftover turkey and creates a unique dinner everyone will enjoy.
Thanksgiving Leftover Salad
Enjoy a light and delicious meal using leftover turkey! This leftover Thanksgiving salad is full of fresh veggies, turkey, and your favorite salad toppings.
Amazing Leftover Turkey Sliders
An easy lunch or dinner idea, these turkey sliders are made with leftover bits of turkey and cheese for a filling meal.
Turkey Pot Pie with Biscuits - Easy Leftover Turkey Recipe!
A delicious looking dish that’s easy to make and filling, this turkey pot pie is topped with flakey golden biscuits to compete the meal.
Turkey Salad Recipe with Cranberries and Pecans
Leftover turkey, pecans, and cranberries are mixed with a creamy mayo to make a filling turkey salad you can enjoy on a sandwich.
Instant Pot Turkey Soup (Easy leftover turkey soup)
The perfect leftover turkey soup! This soup is made in the instant pot for a quick and delicious meal that’ll help use up those leftovers.
Leftover Turkey Hand Pies
A creative way to use up leftover turkey, these hand pies are made with puff pastries and will be the perfect lunch or snack.
Old Fashioned Turkey Tetrazzini Casserole
A moist casserole that combines chopped turkey and pasta with a cheesy mushroom sauce that’s creamy and delicious.
Best Ever Leftover Turkey Cannelloni
No need to let that leftover turkey go to waste! Throw it in this turkey cannelloni and you the perfect weekend dinner dish.
Instant Pot Leftover Turkey Wild Rice Casserole
Made with wild rice, seasonings, and leftover turkey, this easy to make casserole is sure to be a hit with the family.
Ross Geller's Thanksgiving Leftover Turkey Sandwich
Remember the Friends episode where Ross wants to enjoy his leftover turkey sandwich? This recipe was inspired by that infamous sandwich.
Turkey Tamale Pie Recipe - Chisel & Fork
Loaded with leftover turkey, gravy, and homemade cornbread, this turkey tamale pie is a delicious dish that’s full of flavor.