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Leftover Turkey Ideas | 6 Easy Recipes

The feast has ended, you’ve slept off the food coma, and now it’s time for leftover turkey ideas. Here are six worthy recipes.

By Aimee Tucker

Nov 29 2021


Turkey and Wild Rice Soup

Photo Credit : Howard L. Puckett
Just when you think you couldn’t possibly eat turkey ever again, the day after Thanksgiving arrives and you find yourself eying the contents of the fridge with renewed interest. While the possibilities for Thanksgiving leftovers are as endless as your imagination, here are our picks for the best leftover turkey ideas. From tacos to chowder, they’re sure to help you use up every morsel.

Leftover Turkey Ideas

6 Easy Recipes For Turkey Leftovers

Turkey and Wild Rice Soup
Turkey and Wild Rice Soup | Leftover Turkey Ideas

Turkey and Wild Rice Soup

Homemade turkey stock and the addition of cream transforms this turkey and wild rice soup into a more filling meal. The flavors continue to develop, making the soup even better the next day.

Browned Turkey Hash with Mustard Sauce

With a small skillet, you can make four individual portions of this tasty turkey hash using holiday leftovers. Be sure to chop the turkey and potatoes well, or the mixture will not hold together when cooked. For additional flavor, add a few tablespoons of finely chopped celery and a pinch of poultry seasoning.

Hot Turkey Salad

More casserole than salad, this recipe is an easy, quick, and tasty way to use up leftover Thanksgiving turkey. If you’re feeling adventurous, consider adding a can of pineapple chunks or a cup of seedless grapes to the dish.
Turkey Tacos
Turkey Tacos | Leftover Turkey Ideas

Turkey Tacos

This recipe for turkey tacos makes a basic soft taco to which you can add or subtract as you see fit. Do you like avocados, chopped lettuce, carrots, or olives? Go ahead, thrown them in — get as creative as you like. For burritos or wrap sandwiches, use larger-size flour tortillas.

Turkey Potpie

Made with fresh veggies, leftover turkey, and refrigerated biscuit dough, this easy leftover turkey potpie comes together quickly and is sure to become a family favorite.

Turkey Chowder

Why should the fish and clams get to have all the fun? This rich and chunky turkey chowder is easy, creamy, and delicious. This post was first published in 2017 and has been updated. 

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