10 Ways to Use Up Your Leftover Turkey

In our family, we always cook a whole lot of food for Thanksgiving because everyone LOVES leftovers.  Sometimes though, we get sick of eating turkey every day for days on end.  It’s time to get a little creative and use it in different ways. Here are the some of the ways that we do it.



1.  Put it in Quesadillas or Wraps.   One of our favorite ways to use our turkey up is to put it in Pizza Quesadillas.  You put pizza sauce, cheese and pizza toppings (including chopped turkey) on a flour tortilla.  Fold it in half and fry it lightly with butter.

2.  Use it in Casseroles.  You could try it in things like my Mexican Casserole.  It normally uses chicken in it, but you could easily replace the chicken with turkey.

3.  Fold it into Soups – You could try Turkey Tortilla Soup or Chicken Noodle Soup (and just replace the chicken with turkey).

4.  Serve Turkey Sandwiches.  This is a normal after Thanksgiving meal for us, but you could change it up a little and shred a bunch of the meat and add BBQ Sauce to it and serve it on buns, for BBQ Turkey Sandwiches.

5.  Have it in a Chef Salad.  Put all of your salad fixings together with chopped turkey, boiled eggs and your favorite dressing to top it off.  This is a great way to grab a little extra vegetables in this time of year where we tend to overeat in the carbs and sweets department!

6.  Make a Pot Pie.  Pot pies are the perfect place to hide some turkey.  If you don’t already have a recipe, you could try my Pot Pie Recipe.

7.  Mix it into your Mexican Food dishes.  I could eat Mexican food every day, so this is a no brainer for me!  You can put it in with burritos, enchiladas, mix up a mexican skillet with rice, beans & turkey, etc.  The possibilities are endless.

8.  Stir it into a Pasta Dish.  Turkey goes great in pasta dishes.  We like to put it into Turkey Tetrazzini, but it would also be great in Lasagna or Fettuccine Alfredo, etc.  Whatever your favorite pasta dish is that normally uses chicken would easily accept turkey into it and still be delicious.

9.  Use my Leftover Turkey Freezer to Slow Cooker meal plan.  This is an E-book that is currently available to subscribers of Sidetracked Sarah.  It uses a lot of the above highlighted recipes, but it also provides you with a shopping list and assembly instructions in an easy to print format.

10.  Freeze it and Save it for later.  Sometimes, you just need to save it for later.  Maybe you know of a time when you have company coming and it would be the perfect thing to pull out and serve while they’re visiting.  Be sure to label it with what it is and the date, so that you know how long it’s been there.


What’s your favorite way to eat up your turkey leftovers?


Sidetracked Sarah

Sarah is a large family homeschool mom of 6 kids, from teenagers down to toddlers.  She’s been known to get a bit sidetracked from time to time on all of the projects that she wants to get accomplished.  She loves using her slow slow cooker and she’s a night owl.  She writes about her many adventures on her blog, Sidetracked Sarah.



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