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Leftover Turkey Recipes
By Elizabeth Martyn 

Roast turkey is a great family favourite, especially at Thanksgiving and Christmas. But after the feast, comes the question how to use the leftovers? Here are five ways to make the most of your festive bird.

Leftover turkey sandwich recipes

Use thick slices of turkey breast and add a little of the dark meat for flavour. Use different breads, like ciabatta rolls, baguettes, whole-wheat bread, or toasted white bread.

Add other ingredients, such as:

  • salad leaves like lettuce or spinach

  • sliced avocado

  • cherry tomatoes or thinly sliced beetroot

  • wafer-thin cooked ham

  • crumbled crispy bacon

  • sliced hard-boiled egg

  • soft cheeses, like Brie or Camembert

Give it flavour with mustard, cranberry sauce, leftover turkey stuffing, pickles, mayonnaise, sliced gherkins, or radishes.

Leftover turkey salad recipes

Use both white and dark meat. Cube or shred the leftover turkey. Toss with toasted almonds, thin slices of fresh mango and soft salad leaves. Dress with a light vinaigrette. Mix with cubed avocado, slivered yellow and red pepper, sweet corn and halved cherry tomatoes. Dress with olive oil, whisked with lime juice and chili.

Stir shredded turkey breast meat through cooled cooked thin rice noodles. Add shredded lettuce, matchstick slices of carrot and cucumber, and dress with a well-blended mixture of 2 parts light soy sauce to 1 part sweet chili sauce.

Leftover turkey soup recipes

Add diced turkey to a basic vegetable soup recipe. Try it with celery and apple, in a chowder with sweet corn, or as part of a spicy oriental soup, with noodles and shredded leaves.

Liven up turkey soup with herbs and spices. Try thyme and oregano, ground coriander, smoked paprika.

Leftover turkey and pasta recipes

Mix diced turkey into tomato and sweet pepper sauce and serve with rice or pasta. Stir pesto through chopped leftover turkey for an instant pasta sauce.

Leftover turkey curry recipes 

Turkey makes a great curry. Soften a chopped onion, add cubed turkey and curry paste. Cook for a few minutes, add liquid made with creamed coconut grated into boiling water, or use canned coconut milk. Stir well, simmer until turkey is heated through. Serve with rice and naan bread.

About The Author: Elizabeth Martyn is webmaster at http://healthy-eating-made-easy.com, where she provides information, tips and recipes on using seasonal, fresh ingredients to feed the family healthily and without hassle. Visit the site for more leftover turkey recipes and ideas for great family meals.

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