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Easy Recipes For Leftover Turkey

These easy recipes for leftover turkey are perfect to have on hand for after the holidays. If you make a big turkey but then get sick of eating regular turkey, these recipes will help!

There’s nothing worse than going to all the trouble of making a nice meal and then having it go to waste. Plain turkey is one of those things that we get sick of after a meal or two. These recipes for leftover turkey are perfect for breaking up the monotony of turkey sandwiches!

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Why do I need recipes for leftover turkey?

If you make a whole turkey for a meal for friends and family, there’s usually still some left when you are done eating. Using up leftover turkey can be a chore since no one likes to eat the same leftovers more than a time or two.

These recipes for leftover turkey are great to have on hand because they take the turkey and turn it into something else! There’s recipes for casseroles, pasta, and more so that you can try out new recipes without having to cook more meat.

Another reason I love these recipes is to spice up my meal plans. If I can cook a whole turkey, pull the meat, freeze it and have it ready for recipes like these, meal time goes so much more quickly!

featured image showing leftover turkey ready to be used in recipes for leftover turkey.

How to store leftover turkey:

You can store leftover turkey in the refrigerator if you will be using it within a few days. If you want to store the turkey for longer you can move it to the freezer.

Store cooked turkey in vacuum seal bags if possible to help keep it fresh and safe in the freezer. You can also use glass or plastic storage containers that are designed for the freezer!

If you need to keep turkey in the refrigerator be sure to use it in some of these recipes for leftover turkey fairly quickly. I like to use mine up within 4-5 days after cooking or move it to the freezer to avoid spoiling!

A whole baked turkey.

Do I have to cook the turkey in these recipes?

Most of these recipes use turkey that is already cooked. If the recipe calls for cooking the turkey you can skip that portion because you are using already cooked turkey.

For recipes like casseroles and pasta where you need to combine the turkey with sauce or other ingredients, don’t worry, it will be fine if you wait to add the turkey until closer to the end of the cooking time. You can make small changes like that to use pre-cooked meats in your recipes!

Having pre-cooked turkey on hand in the freezer or refrigerator is nice because it really cuts down on cooking times for meals. Great to have on hand for busy weeknights!

A turkey roasting in the oven.

Recipes Using Leftover Turkey:

Easy Recipes For Leftover Turkey

These easy recipes for leftover turkey are perfect to have on hand for after the holidays. If you make a big turkey but then get sick of eating regular turkey, these recipes will help!

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