We all have our favorites when it comes to using up leftover turkey. Traditional ways to repurpose turkey include turkey noodle soup and turkey sandwiches. As delicious as they are, we all crave something fresh and new from time to time. Using up leftover turkey creatively will encourage your family to eat up the Thanksgiving leftovers. It adds variety to your meals and has the added benefit of avoiding food waste! Not only do you get to enjoy tasty meals, you’re also saving money. It’s a win-win! Let’s take a look at some creative ways to use up leftover turkey.
1. Turkey Club Roll-Up
Everyone feels a little sluggish after the rich foods from the holidays. Substituting turkey for bread is a great way to cut down on calories. You’re really only limited by your imagination in terms of what to put in your turkey roll-up. Feel free to use up other leftovers such as mashed potatoes and stuffing.
2. Turkey Noodle Casserole
Who doesn’t love a casserole? It’s comforting and ooey gooey cheesy. What I especially like about it is that it’s the perfect type of dish for using up leftovers. Throw in the turkey and a mix of veggies, top with cheese and bam, you’re done. I love adding a dash of Tabasco sauce to spice things up. d
3. Turkey Thai Curry
I cannot stress enough how much I love this mashup of west and east. Turkey breast meat tends to get dry and this curry is the perfect way to add flavor and moisture to something that can be boring.
4. Turkey Stroganoff
I love stroganoff and it’s traditionally made with beef but why not try it with turkey? You also get double duty with the egg noodles because you likely already have some on hand for turkey noodle soup. You get to use the same ingredients but end up with completely different dishes. I love it!
5. Turkey & Wild Rice Soup
There’s nothing better than enjoying a nice bowl of hot soup on a chilly autumn day. If you love turkey noodle soup, you should definitely give this turkey and wild rice soup a try. It’s rich and creamy and the wild rice gives the soup a nice texture. Even though the recipe calls for chicken, substituting turkey would work just as well. You can also use up leftover rolls by dipping them into the soup.
6. Turkey Pizza
Who doesn’t love pizza? After a formal Thanksgiving meal, having something fun like pizza is a nice change of pace. You get incredible flexibility since you can use any combination of sauce, veggies, and cheese to complete the meal.
7. Turkey Pho
I love noodles and I love soup so this turkey pho is the best of both worlds. The lovely flavors from the ginger and cloves make this a nice change of pace from the dense, heavy Thanksgiving meal.
8. Turkey Empanada
Empanadas are kind of like a calzone, delicious dough wrapped around a tasty filling. I like to save time by buying pre-made pastry dough. To save money, I used empty aluminum cans as molds for cutting out rounds of pastry dough.
9. Turkey and Potato Cakes
This is a really creative way to re-invent Thanksgiving leftovers. The potatoes have enough stickiness to act as a binder for the turkey and allow you to form patties. Since the ingredients you’re using are already cooked, all you have to do is heat them on the stove to create a nice golden crust.
10. Turkey and Stuffing Muffin
Muffins usually tend to be sweet and are served up at the breakfast table. But why not change things up and create savory muffins? This turkey and stuffing muffin is the perfect way to do that. You can bake more than you need and store the extras in the freezer. When you don’t feel like cooking, these delicious treats will be waiting for your in the freezer.
How do you like to use up leftover turkey? What are some of your favorite recipes?