What to do with Leftover Turkey

Curried Turkey Salad with Apples, Cranberries, and Walnuts

Originally published in November of 2010, this post has been updated and pulled forward from the archives.

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  If you’re lucky, you still have lots of leftover turkey for sandwiches.  This Curried Turkey Salad with Apples, Cranberries, and Walnuts is one of my favorites.

Bacon, Lettuce, Avocado and Turkey Sandwich with Spicy Chipotle Mayonnaise

Another way to spice up your leftover turkey sandwich is to make a Bacon, Lettuce, Avocado, and Turkey Sandwich with Spicy Chipotle Mayonnaise.

If sandwiches aren’t your thing, there are lots of other ways to use leftover turkey.  My mom and grandmother used to always make turkey enchiladas and when I have enough left over, I carry on that tradition.  There’s also turkey soup, turkey pot pie, turkey tetrazzini, or even turkey lasagna.  This morning I saw a recipe for a turkey spaghetti bake over at What’s Gaby Cooking.  Do you have lots of leftovers this year?  What are you making with your leftover turkey?

Recipe Ideas for Leftover Turkey:

  1. Amy

    Oh yes, those two sandwhiches look crisp and tasty! Thanks for the ideas!

    12:49 pm  Nov 26th, 2010
  2. Shannon B

    Right now, I’m appeasing the stuffing addict by making stuffing packets. I took some stuffing and pressed it onto some parchment, added a layer of cranberry, some turkey, a slice or two of green apple and covered it with a thinner layer of stuffing, sealed it up and baked it.

    12:51 pm  Nov 26th, 2010
  3. Heathercicle

    Turkey Chili! Always my favorite leftover turkey idea. 🙂

    1:23 pm  Nov 26th, 2010
  4. Kalynskitchen

    I had my traditional turkey sandwich for breakfast this morning, and now I’m wondering what to make with the rest of my turkey stash.

    2:34 pm  Nov 26th, 2010
  5. Michelle

    Your recipe for curried salad is one of my favorites. I make it with chicken all the time and it’s the best!

    2:48 pm  Nov 26th, 2010
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  7. Noelle

    The curry looks and sounds fabulous! Trying it tonight. What type of camera do you own and what lenses do you use for such excellent photographs?

    3:54 pm  Nov 26th, 2010
  8. Gina @ Skinnytaste

    I love all the leftover ideas you have posted! I wish I had more turkey leftover!

    7:06 am  Nov 27th, 2010
  9. Kristy

    Now there are some leftovers that I would be thrilled to eat! Yum!!

    8:53 am  Dec 2nd, 2010
  10. Cathy

    Made this yesterday, and it’s pretty tasty. Next time I’ll leave out the honey…I didn’t really care for it, and two tablespoons of curry was a bit spicy, but maybe it’s just the particular kind of curry I have. I like this recipe, and now that all my turkey (finally) has been consumed, I’ll be using chicken next time.

    8:41 pm  Dec 4th, 2010
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  12. Mary

    When I reheat turkey it tastes old so I like these kinds of sandwich recipes for the leftovers.

    8:07 pm  Dec 13th, 2010
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  14. Rebecca

    By sheer luck one year, my sister brought us some fresh corn tortillas at Thanksgiving. The next day, I tried a soft corn taco made from leftover turkey, mashed potato, carrot, and cranberry sauce. Now… I can hardly wait for the real meal to be over just so I can make my leftover turkey tacos…

    7:22 pm  Nov 23rd, 2012
  15. Audrey Geddes

    This is such a delicious idea. Thank you for sharing your recipe. I cannot wait to make this one! I love the apples and cranberries together :}. I’ve been getting some good ideas together for holidays. I highly recommend this new cookbook I recently bought called, Holly Clegg’s trim&TERRIFIC KITCHEN 101: Secrets to Cooking Confidence, which offers some healthy recipes from ingredients that are already in your kitchen. You can find the author’s website here: http://www.hollyclegg.com

    6:51 pm  Nov 26th, 2012
  16. Richard Blaine

    I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Nicole! I am sure yours as well as mine was quite filling. These are some great ideas for leftovers and gets me past the old turkey omelette, turkey chow mein and turkey soup! Thanks for sharing these ideas!

    3:04 pm  Nov 28th, 2012
  17. Melissa

    Absolutly delicious….
    jaco beach

    9:34 am  Apr 19th, 2013
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