6 Ways to Use Your Turkey Leftovers

Jan Scott October 11, 2022
Leftover Turkey Thanksgiving

If you’re like me and you’ve made more turkey soup that you can possibly eat, I thought it might be fun to share some other ideas for how to use up all the turkey leftovers that are likely lingering in your fridge.

I took to the Internet and opened a few of my favourite cookbooks, and came up with the following ideas. I don’t know how I haven’t made most of these before, but now that I know leftovers can yield such delicious results, you can bet that I’ll be increasing the size of my next turkey in order to have leftovers for these great ideas.

6 Ways to Use Your Turkey Leftovers

1. Turkey Cobb Salad:

Perfect for the work or school lunch box, this salad is composed of chopped romaine, diced turkey, creamy avocado, crisp bacon, and crumbled feta. A blue cheese dressing or simple vinaigrette will finish the dish off perfectly.

2. Turkey, Cranberry, and Brie Quesadillas:

Brush two whole grain tortillas with olive oil. Place both pieces oil-side down in a cast-iron skillet and top each with shredded turkey, a dollop of cranberry sauce and slices of Brie. Top with another tortilla (also brushed with oil and placed oil-side up) and grill, flipping when the bottom is golden brown and the cheese has melted.

3. Pasta with Turkey, Mushrooms, Peas, and Lemon Cream:

Cook up some pasta. In a small skillet, combine chopped turkey, sliced mushrooms, frozen peas and a drizzle of olive oil. Cook until the peas are thawed and the mushrooms have browned. Add a splash of cream, some lemon zest and toss with the pasta.

4. Turkey Shepherd’s Pie:

Make the usual recipe, swapping the beef for turkey and replace Yukon Golds with sweet potatoes.

5. Turkey and Caramelized Onion Pizza:

Top your favourite pizza dough with shredded turkey, caramelized onions, and mozzarella.

6. Turkey Club Sandwich:

Chopped turkey, bacon, lettuce, sundried tomatoes, and mayonnaise sandwiched between two thick slices of rye bread. Serve grilled or at room temperature.

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