If you're like me, when you think about Thanksgiving dinner you probably anticipate the leftovers nearly as much as the meal itself. Take advantage of the seasonal sales and buy a turkey even if you have Thanksgiving dinner elsewhere, or buy an extra if you have the freezer space. Turkey can replace chicken in many recipes, and it's a wonderful addition to soups and casseroles.
If you plan to use your leftovers within a few days, store in the refrigerator in portion-sized small shallow containers. Use for sandwiches or salads.
Freeze cooked, boned turkey in portions by wrapping in meal-size portions in aluminum foil and sealing in a freezer bag. Thaw and chop what you need for a recipe. Frozen cooked turkey can be added to casseroles, soups, and other cooked dishes.
Browning the turkey bones is one of the secrets to an extra-tasty stock, and it's well worth a few extra steps. Make turkey broth with the carcass right away, then freeze it in 1-cup portions for up to 6 months. Use it for cooking rice, in casseroles, in sauces, and as a base for soups.
For safe cooking and handling of whole turkey, see Turkey Basics.
Try one of the featured turkey recipes and Thanksgiving recipes below.
Recipes Using Leftover Cooked Turkey
This great tasting turkey pie is made with leftover turkey and gravy filling and an easy buttery top crust. It's really easy and tasty, and if you don't have time for homemade pie crust, use a purchased pie pastry.
This quiche is a great way to use that leftover turkey, and it makes a wonderful brunch, lunch, or dinner dish. Choose hot or mild peppers to flavor this quiche.
These tasty little filled pies are made with Thanksgiving leftovers and a few basic seasonings. These empanadas are delicious with cranberry sauce!
Terri's turkey and rice bake is a Cajun style dish that's sure to please. A little bacon, pepers, and cayenne help to flavor this tasty casserole.
This simple combination of leftover turkey with curry powder and pineapple makes a great tasting meal with rice and a salad.
Canned artichoke hearts, mushrooms, and seasonings liven up this creamy turkey dish. Serve over rice, biscuits, or baked puff pastry shells.
This turkey divan bake is a snap to prepare, and it makes a delicious meal with rice or noodles. The turkey is baked with a layer of broccoli spears and a thick cheese sauce topping.
Hot Turkey Sandwich
Turkey and Mashed Potato Croquettes
Basic Turkey Stock
Turkey Broccoli Quiche
Creamy Turkey Pie With Biscuit Mix Topping
Turkey, Ham, and Swiss Casserole
Turkey Salad With Red Grapes
Turkey Pasta Casserole With Asparagus and Cheddar Cheese
Turkey and Rice Bake
Savory Turkey Cobbler
Curried Turkey Salad with Cranberries
Kentucky-Style Hot Brown Sandwiches
Turkey Pie With Mushrooms
Turkey, Cheese, and Pasta Wheels
Turkey and Stuffing Bake
Turkey Casserole With Havarti Cheese
Turkey Macaroni Casserole
Turkey Rice Casserole With Curry Powder
Turkey a la King
Turkey Bake with Asparagus
Scalloped Turkey or Chicken
Hot Brown Sandwiches
Turkey Rice Bake
Cheddar Turkey and Rice Casserole
Easy Turkey Sandwich Melt
Open-Face Turkey Sandwiches with Cheese Sauce
Slow Cooker Turkey and Rice
Turkey Pot Pie
Turkey Pot Pie with Cornbread Topping
Turkey, Stuffing, and Broccoli Pie
Turkey Noodle Casserole
Roasted Turkey Broth
Louisville Creamed Turkey
Curried Turkey Salad
Crockpot Corn Pudding With Turkey
Turkey Divan Soup
Family Style Turkey pie
Easy Turkey & Rice Casserole IV
Turkey Hash Recipe
Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes
Top 10 Leftover Turkey Recipes
Main Turkey Recipe Index
Stuffing and Dressing Recipes
Thanksgiving Recipes Index
Christmas Recipes Index
Thanksgiving Menu and Links