5 Ways to Use Leftover Turkey This Week

By Dana Kamp
leftover turkey

There’s only one thing better than all that delicious food on thanksgiving day – leftovers the next day! There’s
just something about that turkey sandwich that’s yummier than the turkey sandwiches we eat the rest of the year. But even the best sandwich only satisfies us for a day or two. Then our palate craves some variety. This year, branch out from the usual sliced turkey sandwich and opt for one of these mouth-watering alternatives. You might just start a new leftover turkey tradition.

White Turkey Chili

This warm, comforting chili is a delicious way to use up that sliced turkey. Make a large batch and freeze in several containers for an easy dinner on cool nights. Personalize your chili with your family’s favorite spices. The whole family will appreciate a different flavor than the traditional chili, and they won’t stop eating long enough to realize the cannellini beans, turkey, and veggies you put in the pot are loaded with nutrients!

Turkey and Corn Enchiladas

A simple, five-ingredient recipe is exactly what you deserve after the hours of cooking you endured for Thanksgiving dinner. These easy enchiladas just need turkey, corn, grated pepper jack cheese, tortillas and enchilada sauce. After combining the first three ingredients and spooning the mixture into tortillas, simply roll up the tortillas, top with a little more cheese and the enchilada sauce and bake. The whole process shouldn’t take more than 25 minutes! Perfect for an exhausted After-Thanksgiving Sale shopper!

Turkey and Stuffing Casserole

I’m not a chef, not even close to it, but I can prepare this almost-effortless casserole. You’ll need sliced or shredded turkey, gravy, stuffing and cranberry sauce. All the ingredients come straight out of the Tupperware you filled your fridge with on Thanksgiving evening. Start with stuffing on the bottom of a baking dish and add some turkey, then some gravy. Repeat layers. Top with cubes of cranberry sauce. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes and serve. See? You don’t need to be Rachael Ray to make an incredible meal-you just need giggle!

Turkey Salad Sandwiches

An appetizing substitute for the traditional turkey sandwiches, this can be set up as a make-your-own station with diced celery, relish, chopped bell peppers and any other desired mix-ins. Try plain yogurt instead of mayonnaise for a healthier concoction. Get creative and add curry powder, chopped cucumber and/or chopped carrot. Serve on your favorite bread.

Turkey Pizza

Everyone loves pizza any day of the year. Make your family smile and use those last two cups of chopped turkey to make your own pizzas on whole wheat pitas. Grab that jar of your favorite tomato sauce and spread some on each pita. Add turkey, chopped veggies and shredded mozzarella cheese on top and bake. A toasty, scrumptious way to finish off those last servings of leftovers.


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