7 Tips for Turkey Leftovers

Turkey. Cranberries. Mashed potatoes. Pumpkin Pie.

There are so many delicious, timeless traditions at Thanksgiving. But if you have leftovers for days, well – it can be hard to get your family to gobble them up.

Need a few ideas for bringing out the best of that bird? Here are some of our favorite ways to talk turkey!

7 Tasty Tips for Leftover Turkey
  1. Turkey Cranberry Flatbread Pizza. Sweet-tart cranberries. Smoky-salty bacon. Crunchy pecans.

    Turkey Cranberry Flatbread Pizza recipe | Tastefully Simple

    Topped with crisp mixed greens, this fresh flatbread brings together all of your favorite Thanksgiving flavors – with a fun twist!

  2. Turkey Cherry Pasta Salad. Toss chunks of leftover turkey into this sunny bow-tie salad, bursting with fresh spinach, red onion, celery and walnuts.

    Turkey Cherry Pasta Salad recipe | Tastefully Simple

    So hearty, you can make it the main course or stir it up as a colorful side dish.

  3. Garlic Buffalo Blue Pizza. All the zesty tang of buffalo wings – in a pizza! Transform your leftover turkey with this quick dinner, topped with crumbled blue cheese, creamy mozzarella and crunchy celery.

    7 Tips for Turkey Leftovers blog post | Tastefully Simple

  4. Turkey Wild Rice Pot Pie.Craving comfort food? Warm up with this hearty pot pie, loaded with homestyle veggies and baked with a buttery beer bread topping.

  5. Winter White Turkey Chili. Chase the chill away with this creamy chili, brimming with tender turkey, white beans, mild chilies and a little kick of heat. (Don’t worry – it’s not too spicy. Even my kiddos love it!)

    7 Tips for Turkey Leftovers blog post | Tastefully Simple

    Garnish your bowls with a little shredded Cheddar cheese and fresh cilantro.

  6. Open-Faced Turkey Sandwiches. Want a quick bite before shopping for Black Friday (even if that just means shopping online in your slippers)?

    Open-Faced Turkey Sandwich Recipe

    Try this classic turkey sandwich with multi-grain bread, peppery arugula and a sweet-tangy spoonful of Sweet Pepper Jalapeño Jam.

  7. Honey Teriyaki Peanut Dip. With chopped peanuts, diced turkey and rich cream cheese, this five-star Asian-inspired appetizer has actually been one of my go-to party favorites for years.

    Honey Teriyaki Peanut Dip Recipe | Tastefully Simple

    Serve with tortilla chips or crackers. If you have weekend guests, everyone will be asking for the recipe!
Remember, you can substitute chopped leftover turkey in all kinds of rotisserie chicken recipes on Tastefully Simple’s website, too.

What are some of your favorite ways to transform your leftovers? Tell us in the comments below, or share your ideas with us on Facebook.

Let’s talk turkey (leftovers)!

- Jen

P.S. Have a happy Thanksgiving and safe travels, friends! 

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