Thanksgiving is a few days away and I’m already thinking, and planning, and dreaming about these incredibly delicious leftover turkey recipes.
From sandwiches to soups, wraps, casseroles, and even pizza. From spicy to mild, healthy to a little decadent. You’ll find recipes everyone in your group will love!
How Long Can You Refrigerate Leftover Turkey?
Cooked turkey is good for 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator.
The USDA says Thanksgiving leftovers “can be kept in the refrigerator for three to four days. This means you have until the Monday after Thanksgiving” to eat up your turkey leftovers.
Any leftover turkey after that 3 to 4-day range can be frozen for 2 to 6 months for best quality. I like to freeze turkey in 2 cup portions for easy soups and stir-frys through the winter. And I freeze it on or about day 2.
How Do You Store Leftover Turkey?
The easiest way to store leftover turkey is to refrigerate it in an airtight sealed container. I like to preserve it in slices when possible. Although shredded some of it makes for quick dinners.
Best Way to Reheat Leftover Turkey
The USDA recommends reheating frozen leftovers without thawing.
Both on the stovetop or microwave.
“When reheating leftovers, be sure they reach 165°F, as measured with a food thermometer. Cover leftovers to reheat. This retains moisture and ensures that food will heat all the way through.”
18+ Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes Ideas
These incredibly delicious Thanksgiving leftover turkey recipes will delight you and your family for post Thanksgiving gatherings.
"This pie could not be more perfect for the day after Thanksgiving dinner. It feeds all those lingering guests and it’s so easy to make. Plus, it’s saucy, creamy, cheesy and delicious. Perfect cozy, family comfort food."
"After Thanksgiving is all said and done we usually end up with more turkey leftover than any Thanksgiving sandwich can handle. Turkey casserole is a great way to use up some leftover turkey as well as any lingering veggies. The buttery crumb top is completely addicting and makes this our favorite casserole that we look forward to all year."
"Aunt Bee's Leftover Turkey Casserole with pasta and Cream of Mushroom soup is an easy and comforting dish that takes advantage of the extra meat from your holiday feast -- with just 15 minutes of prep!"
"This cozy soup recipe is the best way to use up leftover roast turkey. All you need is a couple cups of shredded turkey meat, and you've got a pot of soup that's big enough to fill up at least 4 people. Have even more leftover turkey? This recipe easily doubles."
"This turkey pot pie has a comforting creamy center with an extra-flaky top. What could be better? Use your leftover Thanksgiving turkey and any additional vegetables you have to make this extra-easy. "
"So simple to throw together so you don't feel like you're cooking after the big day and endlessly versatile. Don't have broccoli? Throw in cauliflower or even green beans. Don't want to use Ritz crackers? Use some leftover bread as croutons or top it with buttery Panko."