13 delicious leftover turkey recipes and ideas: from soup to enchiladas

Thanksgiving is a time to express gratitude to family, friends, and most importantly, food.

But once the guests leave and clear the table, many homes may encounter loads of turkey and so many side dishes that they still need to be eaten.

Fortunately, there are many delicious recipes available to use leftover turkey from the notorious friends Wonderful spring rolls sandwich.

1. Turkey Quesadilla

This Tierraal Diggins recipe is a great Mexican treat for any leftover turkey.

Start with tortillas, Thanksgiving turkey, and shredded cheese, plus seasoning, salt, Cajun seasoning, and black pepper.

Next, put a generous amount of these ingredients on one half of a tortilla, fold it and place it in a hot, dry skillet.

Then cook for a few minutes on each side, being careful not to burn it, before serving when the cheese has visibly melted.

2. sandwich moisture maker

One of the most famous scenes from Friends finds Ross obsessed with Monica’s leftover Thanksgiving sandwich, which features a gravy-soaked bread in the middle.

Jamie Milne has now taken to TikTok to re-create one of the most popular bread-based snacks.

After toasting two slices of bread, spread the herb butter on a slice of bread, which will sit on the bottom, followed by the mashed potatoes and leftover turkey.

Next, soak a third toasted bread slice in the broth and place it on top of it. Then add the cranberry sauce, filling and spinach.

Finally, spread more herb butter on the top slice of bread and add it to the sandwich before slicing and serving.

3. Turkey Shepherd Pie

Crista Santos swears by leftover Thanksgiving comfort foods, especially when eaten on a cold night.

She puts a generous amount of leftover veggies and shredded meat in the base of a foil pie and adds just enough broth to coat the ingredients liberally.

Next, put the rest of the filling on top, before brushing with cold mashed potatoes and heating in an oven at 350 F (180 C).

4. Turkey spring rolls with cranberry and peanut sauce

Chef Brenda describes this innovative twist on Thanksgiving leftovers as a “satisfying meal.”

For sauce, mix together peanut butter, hot garlic seasoning, hoisin sauce, fish sauce and 1 tablespoon cranberry to taste.

Now stack a batch of assorted Thanksgiving turkey leftovers, plus scrambled eggs and spinach, on a plate.

The rice leaves should then be soaked briefly in warm water and placed on a plate, before beginning to assemble the spring rolls, with Chef Brenda aligning all ingredients vertically, near the top.

5. Turkey Enchiladas

Alexa’s way of reusing leftovers from lunch is easy and said to be healthy.

To get started, soften one onion, garlic, and one or two jalapeños in a skillet, before adding three cups of shredded turkey.

Next, combine 1 can of washed and drained black beans, 2 cups of Monterey Jack cheese and a little lemon juice in a bowl.

Once all ingredients are mixed and mixed, use them to fill eight tortillas, which, when rolled, are packed into an ovenproof dish, drenched in enchilada sauce, topped with extra cheese and baked.

6. Turkey Salad

Brittany suggests this method to create a slightly lighter way to make use of leftover birdseed, which she often enjoys for lunch.

To bowl, add turkey, red onion, celery, dried cranberries, and a generous dollop of mayonnaise.

Then add lemon juice, salt, pepper, mustard and chopped almonds to the mixture, then stir well.

She suggests it can be served on a sandwich, on a bed of lettuce, or even with crackers.

7. Turkey Cheese Croquette

Spence Tea recommends chopping up leftover turkey and mixing it with the potatoes.

Then he set up a “baking station,” in which was a bowl of scrambled eggs, another of flour, and a third of the seasoned breadcrumbs.

Now we take a handful of the potato and turkey mixture, with a piece of cheese added in the middle, before being sprinkled with flour and dipping in the egg and finally the crumbs.

These balls should then be called in the refrigerator before being fried in a saucepan of neutral oil.

8. Turkey Pot Pie

Liz Capi recommends using any leftover turkey from November 25 to make a healthy dinner the next day.

You begin by preparing the spiralizer with a dab of butter, before adding sliced ​​celery, carrots, and onions.

Then add ½ cup of flour and three cups of chicken broth and cook until it boils, then add ½ cup of the peas, corn, spices and leftover turkey.

Once this mixture has cooled, pour into an egg-washed puff pastry dish, add a slightly chopped pastry lid to allow air to escape, and bake for 30 minutes.

9. Turkey Fu

Kristi Nguyen thinks this recipe prevents Thanksgiving food waste.

You begin by cutting all the meat off the bones and adding it to a saucepan filled with about 1 liter of water to make the broth.

Add to this the onion, a piece of ginger, sugar, star anise and chicken soup powder.

Fresh pho noodles should be soaked in hot water for only 15 seconds before they become limp and should be drained and transferred to a bowl before adding the now-ready turkey and soup.

Finally, add some chopped green onions, cilantro, bean sprouts, and a squeeze of lime before serving.

10. Filipino Turkey Soup

This Filipino recipe is a smart way to use up leftover turkey.

Melt a piece of butter and add the onion and garlic, then the sauce for about three minutes before adding the carrots and celery.

Before adding your homemade turkey broth, add salt and pepper to taste, by simmering the bird’s bones for about an hour.

Discard any residue that may rise to the surface, then add the meat and sprinkle with chicken stock.

In a separate saucepan, boil some of the noodles so that the noodles do not absorb too much of the soup.

Then add the pasta, a can of evaporated milk and some cabbage and season with fish sauce.

11. Creamy wild rice and turkey soup

This recipe promises to prepare a balanced meal in one bowl, to save you any excess wash for later.

Start with a wide assortment of fresh seasonal vegetables, with the chef on the occasion including onions, carrots, celery, and mushrooms.

Once it is soft, the wild rice is introduced into the pot and then some good quality chicken broth.

The leftover turkey is then stir-fried when the rice is almost done, a little cream and fresh spinach are then added before serving.

12. Yorkshire Rap

This recipe by Grace Keane is a uniquely British idea that tackles the dilemma of what to do with quantities of turkey.

Start by adding a good glue of olive oil to a dish and let it heat up in a 200°C oven.

While heating, mix 230 g of plain flour with three eggs, a teaspoon of baking powder and some salt and pepper, then gradually stir in 300 ml of milk.

Once the mixture is nice and smooth, add it to the hot oil dish and bake for about 30 minutes, or until golden.

Cut the resulting Yorkshire pudding in half and add any leftovers of your choice for Thanksgiving.

13. Leftover Eggs Thanksgiving Benedict

Spence Tea describes its dish as “the best thing to do with Thanksgiving leftovers.”

The chef begins by stuffing the cold leftovers, pressing them together enough that they can be sliced ​​to form patties.

Then add it to a butter-lined skillet, with some turkey slices laying next to it shortly thereafter.

Once the potatoes and meat are caramelised, remove them from the pan, add more butter, and fry some eggs.

Once done, put some turkey on top of the patty, top with an egg, add a little bit of the remaining meat broth and serve.

Homemade Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner
Homemade Thanksgiving Dinner of Turkey with Mashed Potatoes, Stuffing, and Corn
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