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Recipes for Leftover Holiday Turkey

Updated on January 10, 2015
Turkey salad sandwich.
Turkey salad sandwich.

Turkey for lunch, turkey for dinner.

We usually serve up our turkey once again the next day alongside the leftover mashed potatoes, stuffing, and veggies. But after those side dishes are all gone and there is STILL turkey left? Well you know the dilemma....what do we do with the remaining leftovers?

Here are a few great recipes to help you make the most of all that leftover turkey, without that feeling of being sick and tired of eating it. Enjoy your turkey with every meal you make over and over again.

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Always remember to have a little fun with your holiday leftovers.

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Children having a dinner party at home.

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  • diced cooked turkey
  • celery
  • chopped green onion
  • chopped yellow or sweet or purple onion
  • mayonnaise
  • mustard
  • Salt and Pepper


  1. Dice up your turkey, celery, and all of your onions.
  2. Take a scoop of mayonnaise and a squirt of mustard and mix it all together.
  3. Add some salt and pepper to taste.
  4. How easy was that?
  5. You can eat your turkey salad served up on a bed of lettuce or in between 2 slices of bread and serve up as a turkey salad sandwich.
  6. There are so many different options you can use for spices, fresh vegetables, or other condiments. My husband enjoys honey mustard compared to the traditional mustard. There are also dijon mustards etc. to choose from. So many delicious options.

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Cook time: 5 min
Ready in: 5 min
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Mouth-watering Turkey Sandwiches

  • 2 slices of bread (or a bun)
  • Turkey
  • Gravy
  • Mayonaise
  • Salt and Pepper


  1. First you take your 2 slices of bread (or bun if you'd prefer), and put a liberal amount of mayonnaise onto them.
  2. Add some salt and pepper onto the mayonnaise.
  3. Take a layer of turkey and place it onto one slice and spread a nice layer of gravy onto it. A great gravy makes everything better doesn't it? Would you like a little turkey to go with your gravy?
  4. Add another layer of turkey.
  5. Put the other piece of bread on top and VOILA, an awesome, mouth watering sandwich that will have you coming back for more. This is one leftover that is an absolute must for me around my house. I will literally eat this 3 meals a day for a few days just to get my fix.... speaking of which, hmmmm.....

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Freeze Your Leftover Turkey

I have always loved turkey dinners, and prefer them to a ham dinner any day, but struggled for years over what to do with so many leftovers. Nobody wants to throw out all of that delicious meat into the garbage because it either will not get eaten, or starts to go bad.

Even if you cannot think of anything to do with the left overs, or have just plain had your fill of them, you can always package them up into smaller bagged portions and freeze them to pull out at a different time. You cannot (or shall I say should not) freeze meat twice; however, once it is cooked, you may freeze it again.

If you know that you have a ton left over from your family's feast, it's also always nice to prepare at least half of your meat into those smaller bagged portions within the next couple of days and just pull them out as needed and save yourself the worry of finding, making, or preparing meal ideas for all of that meat.

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Do you generally serve up turkey for your holiday dinners?

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    • JoleneBelmain profile image

      JoleneBelmain 4 years ago

      @goldenrulecomics: Turkey soup is on thing that I have yet to try to make. Maybe I will try that this year with my left over turkey :) Thanks for the great idea.

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      goldenrulecomics 4 years ago

      I usually make turkey soup with the Thanksgiving leftovers. Then I freeze the soup in individual containers and have it all winter long!

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      I love your opening picture. That is so lovely for the holidays.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      LOL! My husband wants me to bake turkeys just so he can have the leftovers for sandwiches :)

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      Gregory Moore 5 years ago from Louisville, KY

      Turkey is always on the menu during the holidays, along with a little honey-baked ham. Yum!

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      JoleneBelmain 5 years ago

      @Virginia Allain: We do the same for our holiday feasts as well... but there will always be turkey in the mix. We love turkey and all of the left over meals that follow :)

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      We fix turkey for Thanksgiving and Christmas, but have ham for New Year's Day and for Easter.

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      Otto Phillips 5 years ago

      Absolutely! Turkey dinner for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Happy Thanksgiving Jolene! I will add you to my Canadian Lensmaster lens shortly, thanks for dropping by!

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      JoleneBelmain 5 years ago

      @TransplantedSoul: Oh for sure! There are so many left over recipes that all of your dishes can be used to make. One for week till Thanksgiving here in Canada, and I can't wait :)

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      TransplantedSoul 5 years ago

      We don't have turkey because we are vegetarian, but that does not stop the other good stuff (stuffing, gratin, parsnips....). There are so many recipes that are better the next day. This is true for many curries as well as for stews and some pasta/pie dishes.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @JoleneBelmain: That is a good tip, I'm glad I came back to post this on FaceBook, and freshened up the blessing. :)

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      I used to have the big turkey dinner on holidays but now we generally just cook it up for Christmas and not the other holidays. But I sure do still enjoy eating turkey dinner where ever I find it :)

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      JoleneBelmain 6 years ago

      @whats4dinner: My favourite one on this lens is the mouth watering turkey sandwich... Mmmmm just thinking about it :)

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      whats4dinner 6 years ago

      Great information, I will be trying some of these for when we have left over turkey.

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      JoleneBelmain 6 years ago

      @anonymous: I tried that this past Christmas... put bacon into it, and sauted the veggies in the grease. I also added parmesan cheese into it as well.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I was watching a cooking show last year and this guy lifted the skin of the turkey to rub a butter and herb mixture on the bird, and then he leaded the skin back over that. I tried that last year for Thanksgiving and it was so much tastier then put a mixer on top of the skin. Why I had never thought of that, I will never know. - I love turkey, but its my special dressing that drives me wild. Its got a pound on bacon and the grease in it...etc.

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      JoleneBelmain 6 years ago

      @Lady Lorelei: Turkey is a must around our home... and we make sure to buy it big so we can use the leftovers.