I received a number of comments from others requesting more ways to use those turkey leftovers from Thanksgiving. Luckily, my mother is the queen of using leftovers so I have several ideas to share from her! But keep in mind that finding ways to use leftover turkey is easy! You can substitute turkey for just about any kind of protein. So gather some of your own favorite recipes and see what you can create! Here are a few more of my personal favorites.
Turkey Pasta Soup
Instead of the normal chicken noodle soup, try a turkey pasta soup with leftover turkey! With this particular soup you’re able to attain a slow-simmered flavor in just thirteen minutes! For a quick tip, cook the pasta in boiling broth. This saves time and also makes for flavorful noodles. Get the recipe here!
Turkey Alfredo Pizza
To be a great use of Thanksgiving leftovers, a recipe needs to reuse more than one left over item. This dish does just that, topping a pizza with turkey and greens. You can use creamed spinach, collards, or really just about any green side. You could even go really crazy and spread leftover cranberry sauces on the crust, though the Alfredo in this recipe works very nicely. Use whatever you have and have fun! Find this recipe here!
Turkey Reuben Sandwiches
Swapping roasted turkey for fatty corned beef makes these sandwiches healthier than usual, and because the assertive flavors of the dressing and Swiss cheese take center stage anyway, you’ll hardly notice. Top with sauerkraut and place on rye bread, and this sandwich is a sure hit! And each sandwich is just 255 calories. We use Thousand Island which is popular on Reuben’s, but the true traditional Reuben dressing is the slightly harder to find Russian. Though I find that Thousand Island is just as good! Find the recipe here!
Turkey Burgers with Special Sauce
Let’s be honest, even with orange, ginger, and soy mixed in to the patties, turkey burgers can be a little bland. That’s why they need a great zesty sauce or lots of cheese to match up the hamburgers. This particular recipe for turkey burgers fits the bill and then some! The creamy, pungent, sweet, slightly Asian-tinged sauce may well become a staple in your kitchen. Try it on deli sandwiches, as a dip for raw veggies, or as a salad dressing. I promise you won’t be disappointed. Get the recipe here!