45 Best leftover turkey recipes that are easy to make

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It is that time of the year when we all enjoy far too much food (rightfully so!) and have lots of leftovers that we enjoy for days.

I don’t know about your household but we always follow Christmas Day with a Boxing Day buffet of cold meats and pickles and then the day after we usually enjoy a turkey curry or pie depending on what we fancy. There is so much more to pick from though and there are some creative leftover turkey recipes out there that use up things such as leftover stuffing, brussel sprouts or leftover ham.

If you are looking for a little inspiration on what to use your turkey leftovers on, why not check out 45 of the best leftover turkey recipes that we have found? All are perfect the next day and have some great inspiration to put that leftover turkey to good use.

45 Best leftover turkey recipes that are easy to make

Leftover roast turkey is great for making easy weeknight dinners after a busy Christmas period.

If you have some extra turkey or even veggies left, here are some of the best leftover turkey recipes we could find.

We hope that some of these delicious ways to use up your leftover turkey help you to ensure that lots do not go to waste but don’t forget that this is also a great way to use up leftover rotisserie chicken or roast chicken.

Whether you are planning to make a leftover turkey salad or a delicious soup, the only thing you do want to do is pack flavour into your dish. With leftover recipes, they tend to be quick dishes that don’t require as long as usual, however, you could use your slow cooker still but on high for less time.

If you are a fan of using leftover recipes like we are, here are some of the best things to have in your cupboard or fridge to help you pull things together quickly.

  • Puff pastry – Great for things such as turkey pot pie or even pasties.
  • Rice – Whether this is white rice or wild rice, it is a great side to have with curries or even just as fried rice.
  • Chicken broth – You can either have broth or maybe even stock pots/cubes. Perfect for comforting soups and pie sauces.
  • Cheese – Cheddar cheese that has been grilled so it is golden brown is perfect over turkey in a warm roll.
  • Potatoes – Lots of these dishes use up leftover mashed potatoes however if you don’t have any mash leftover, why not make yourself some more?

Whether you go for something simple such as leftover turkey sandwiches or try out something new such as a leftover turkey soup recipe, keeping food waste down to a minimum is always a winner in our household.

Safely storing leftovers

If you have leftover turkey or other leftovers, it is key to store them safely. They should all be good for 3-4 days as long as they are stored in an airtight container in the fridge.

Just remember that if you do decide to use the leftover meat in a hot dish, it can not be reheated again and please make sure it is pipping hot, you do not want to give yourself food poisoning.

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