Do you have leftover turkey meat from Thanksgiving? I know I do! I decided to share a few of my family’s favorite recipes using some of that leftover turkey meat today. We typically have leftover turkey, mashed potatoes, turkey gravy, stuffing/dressing, and cranberry sauce. The black olives are the first to go along with the green bean casserole. I try to freeze a few small meals for Mark and me to eat later. I bought some of these containers to make life easier for me for freezing meals. They say lunch boxes, but they are a perfect size for individual meals. They are dishwasher, freezer, microwave, and fridge SAFE. Yes, they are BPA and FDA-approved. Easy Lunch Boxes
I make homemade rolls, so of course. We make sliced turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce sandwiches. If you don’t have my no-fail homemade roll recipe, here it is Homemade Rolls by Linda I love the store-bought pretzel rolls from Costco as well. One of my recipes below, used flour tortillas. Let’s get started.
How To Use Thanksgiving Leftover Turkey
This is our family’s favorite. We spread the croissants or my homemade dinner rolls with cream cheese, slices of turkey, cranberry sauce, and dressing. They serve this at Kneaders in Utah!
2. Turkey Wraps
This is one of the easiest ones you can make. Grab some of your favorite tortillas, spread some mayo, I prefer cream cheese, add some sliced turkey, some cheese, thinly sliced tomatoes, and a little lettuce, and roll them up as tightly as possible and wrap them in plastic wrap. Place them in the refrigerator and slice them for wrap bites, or cut the wraps in half.
3. Turkey Soup
I do not boil the carcass. I love hearing people do that, but it doesn’t work for me. It’s too much trouble. I know, I know, the broth is fabulous. But, as I said, it doesn’t work for me. Mark pulls every piece of chicken off it and the carcass goes into a bag then it’s dropped in the garbage can.
I actually use my chicken noodle soup and substitute the turkey for the chicken. Here is the recipe:
Leftover Turkey Meat Soup by Linda
- 2 cans of turkey (12.5 ounces each drained or substitute 2 cups of cooked turkey)
- 6 cups water
- 1/4 cup Better Than Bouillon Chicken Base or substitute equal amounts of water with chicken broth
- 3/4 cup freeze-dried onions or 1 fresh onion chopped into bite-size pieces
- 3/4 cup dry dehydrated carrots or 1-1/2 cups diced fresh carrots
- 3/4 cup dry freeze-dried celery or 1-1/2 cups diced fresh celery
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1 teaspoon dried sweet basil
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- salt to taste
- 1 package Grandma’s frozen egg noodles 11-ounces cooked and separated as directed or boil your pasta of choice (you can find these at your local grocery store frozen section) 11-ounces cooked and separated as directed or boil your pasta of choice (you can find these at your local grocery store frozen section)
- 2 cans cream of chicken soup undiluted (optional)
Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker, BUT add the Grandma’s Noodle the last two hours or they will be mushy. Enjoy!
4. Leftover Turkey Meat Chinese Casserole
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 4 cups chopped cooked turkey
- 1 cup chopped celery
- 1/4 cup chopped onion
- 2 cups prepared rice
- 2 cans cream of mushroom soup
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2/3 cup turkey broth
- 1 small can chow mein noodles
- 2/3 cups cashew nuts
Combine all the ingredients and place in a greased dish and bake at 350 degrees until heated through.
I hope you had a wonderful holiday with family and friends. Thanks again for being prepared for the unexpected. May God bless this world.