What to do with Turkey Leftovers

This post is written by me and originally posted on Foodista.

The day after Thanksgiving, it was quiet in the morn’, turkey sandwich or soup I am so torn!

I’ve always loved turkey leftovers, it’s not often you roast a huge turkey. Since you have 15 pounds left of your 20 pound turkey, here are a few tasty recipes, some gluten-free, some low fat, and all use your leftovers!

Top 10 Things to do With Leftover Turkey—That isn’t a Casserole

1. Turkey Sandwich: Gluten-free

My favorite use for turkey is in a sandwich. Layer a nice toasted piece of bread (option: GF bread) with cheese, turkey, mayonnaise, and maybe a little gravy. Or make a delicious turkey and cranberry sandwich.

2. Turkey Pasty

Growing up, my mom always made Turkey Pasty. It looks like a big turnover, but it’s filled with onion, pecans, celery, spices, and of course—turkey. It’s one of those stick-to-your-ribs sort of dishes, but definitely a tasty pasty!

3. Turkey Pad See Ew

My husband will appreciate this one. He loves a good pad see ew. Usually chicken is my fowl of choice for Thai dishes, but turkey would be interesting too.

4. Stock: Gluten-free

Whenever I roast a chicken I toss the carcass, veggies, and enough water to drown the bones in a crock pot for 8-12 hours. I strain it and in the end I usually have around 5-8 cups of homemade stock. You can do exactly the same thing with your turkey, though you may have to cut up the carcass to fit in a pot. Mmmm, homemade turkey stock.

5. Enchiladas: Gluten-Free

You could make ordinary turkey enchiladas, but I recommend trying turkey sweet potato enchiladas. A good use of sweet potatoes if you don’t want any more marshmallows.

6. Chiles Rellenos: Lowfat

For another south of the border meal, rellenos are a spicy treat. Your family might not even know that it’s made with turkey!

7. Soup: Gluten free and low fat

This is the easiest recipe, second to a turkey sandwich. But this one can be both gluten-free and low fat. For a soul-warming soup, put turkey, veggies, noodles, and homemade stock in a large pot and simmer for an hour or so.

8. Salad: Gluten free and  low fat

Cranberry sauce paired with turkey and pecans over a bed of spinach is an extraordinary salad. Maybe make some candied walnuts to make an extra tasty dinner. It would make a nice light meal after heavy Thanksgiving and an excellent choice for lunchtime come Monday.

9. Turkey Croquettes

“Executive chef Tom Berry of Temple Bar in Cambridge, Massachusetts, makes pan-fried turkey croquettes with cranberry arugula. It’s his way of using all the leftovers from Thanksgiving, he says, without resorting to stuffing them between two slices of bread.”

I don’t think turkey sandwiches are anything to turn your nose up at, in my family they were like gold. And I’m not sure I would prefer his croquettes to a good ol’ turkey sandwich, but I’m old fashioned like that. If you’re looking for something a little more interesting, try out some Turkey Croquettes with cranberry sauce. It’ll use up your turkey, gravy, cranberry sauce, and bread crumbs. I got to hand it to him, croquettes will free up a lot of space in your fridge.


10. Turkey Nachos

These are quick, easy, and a nice flavor relief from gravy and stuffing. Here’s a simple recipe from Luminous for the nachos.

I’d just like to add the the turkey sandwich and the turkey pad see ew are my favorite options. Pad see ew is actually pretty healthy and economical to make as long as you have an Asian market around, and definitely full of flavor.

What do you with your leftovers?

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4 thoughts on “What to do with Turkey Leftovers

  1. That’s a whole lot of alternatives to get away with all the left-overs! And even with gluten-free! Thumbs up!

    • Carrie says:

      I like to be creative with leftovers, I get tired of eating the same thing everyday really quickly. Except for chocolate, but that hardly counts now does it? Glad you liked it!

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