Easy Leftover Turkey Dinner Ideas

I hope everyone who celebrated Thanksgiving had a great day full of plenty of stuffing and pies!  

We celebrated with a sea salt overnight brined turkey, stuffing, roasted carrots, creamy mashed potatoes, soft potato rolls and a oreo chocolate mousse pie (recipe coming soon!).     We had a nice dinner, lit a few candles, cats each had their own bowl and we got down to business.    Essy who has the best nose in the business, smelled the Butterball turkey as soon as it was unwrapped the night prior.  Essy would eat turkey every single day of her life if she could, it really is the greatest day for her.  She begins to pace the kitchen as soon as she gets the first whiff of the turkey (cooked or not), then she starts meowing (or howling in excitement), then she finally jumps up to our table and watches every single recipe step we do with her nose wiggling and tongue licking her lips.    Essy has been celebrating Thanksgiving since 1994 – she is the Turkey Queen.
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Because we will be having turkey in different forms for the next few days I wanted to share some of our favorite recipes to feature some yummy ways to use left-overs!  

Mexican Pumpkin Chili - a delicious chili with green chiles, salsa verde and corn.  Shred the turkey up, or throw in the food processor to make it ground turkey.

Turkey and Gravy Sandwich - it doesn’t get easier than this, doesn’t it look super delicious? I love this open faced sandwich.

Easy Turkey Tacos – throw in some  taco seasoning mix and you got a easy and delicious meal!

Creamy Corn & Turkey Soup - creamy soup and corn? Sounds like heaven to me.

White Bean and Turkey Chili - I love white beans so I’m all over this chili.  You could use canned beans, throw on a pot on the stove to make it super quick.

Healthy Baked Penne with Turkey, Tomatoes and Basil - I love a baked pasta dish!
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Leftover Nachos - does this not look like the best meal right now?

Breakfast Sandwich - why not have breakfast for dinner?

Turkey Potpie – great for using leftover vegetables too.

Apple, Turkey Grilled Cheese Sandwich - Instead of using deli turkey, use up shredded turkey.  If  you have no apple butter, just go with the apples.  My mouth is watering just thinking about this combination.

Lemon Pesto Turkey Pasta Dish – I love a great smelling lemon pasta.

If you have any other suggestions, please feel free to leave in the comments!  Have a great weekend everyone!

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  1. Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent

    Happy Thanksgiving :) Love the idea for turkey tacos. I bet those taste great :)

    • Pamela

      I can definitely tell you the turkey tacos were yummy, hehehe. Enjoy your weekend Laura!

  2. Francine

    That apple turkey grilled cheese looks awesome! Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Pamela

      Hope you had a great Thanksgiving Francine! I’m craving a good grilled cheese right now!

  3. Happy Thanksgiving Pamela! :) The turkey tacos look amazing!!!!! How cute is Essy!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ^.^ <3

    • Pamela

      Thanks Samina! Hope you had a nice weekend yourself. Essy sends some turkey smooches your way! ;)

  4. Davida @ The Healthy Maven

    Send me turkey leftovers pleaaaase!

    • Pamela

      Ok, turkey leftovers coming special delivery! :)

  5. That creamy soup looks amazing! Thanks for rounding these all up; I don’t know if I can choose!

    • Pamela

      Enjoy Mary Frances! I always love a good creamy soup!

  6. Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen

    Scrumptious recipe roundup to use all those turkey leftovers from Thanksgiving, Pamela! Your Oreo Chocolate Mousse Pie sounds divine! And, Essy…she looks adorable with that tongue hanging out sideways for some special Thanksgiving turkey. :) Thanks for sharing, my friend. Have a lovely weekend! xo

    • Pamela

      Hope you have a lovely weekend too Stacy! Essy loves her turkey.. on Thanksgiving and many days after. In fact she’s meowing (requesting) for some right now! ;)

  7. Nora @ Buttercream Fanatic

    Thank you thank you for all of the recipe ideas! I swear, the leftovers are better than the meal itself. Did you host people last night or was it just you guys and the kitties? Either way, I hope you had a great day!

    • Pamela

      I’m big on the leftovers too Nora! This time it was more relaxed and just us and kitties as we were also working on a project that day too. The last few years we hosted so this year I got to make turkey in my pajamas. :) Hope you have a great weekend!

  8. Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ

    I love that breakfast sandwich!

    • Pamela

      Me too!

  9. Kelly

    What a great round up, everything looks amazing Pamela! Sounds like a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner and hope you have an amazing weekend :)

    • Pamela

      Hope you and your family had a great time and enjoy your weekend Kelly!

  10. Alex

    Great ideas! Loved the sandwich!

    • Pamela

      Glad you enjoyed Alex!

  11. Suzanne

    All really good leftover turkey options. Nice!!

    • Pamela

      Thanks Suzanne! That Oreo chocolate pie was made with that chocolate you sent over! So delicious!

  12. Consuelo @ Honey & Figs

    I wish we celebrated Thanksgiving so we had some turkey leftovers (or a bit of that oreo pie, mind you)… I want everything on this list!! That turkey pot pie is calling my name, yuuuum!

    • Pamela

      I’ve been craving pot pies lately Consuelo so I definitely hear you on that yum!

  13. Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor

    Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, Pamela! Glad to hear that Essy enjoys her turkey!

    • Pamela

      I wonder if your precious little kitty had a nibble or two.. ;) Hope you had a great day too Ashley!

  14. jackie @ Marin mama cooks

    You know sadly we don’t have any leftovers, as we went to a friends house for Thanksgiving yesterday, which was great because I only had to make a kale salad, batches of popovers and a chocolate coconut pie, but not so great because we didn’t get any tasty leftovers. Sometimes leftovers are the best part of Thanksgiving dinner :) I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving girl! xoxo, Jackie

    • Pamela

      I bet that kale salad was a hit, I can’t imagine it not being it.. you are the kale salad master Jackie! :) Hope your time was great with your family and friends!

  15. Liz

    I love, love your turkey leftover suggestions. Frankly, I’m tired of cooking…and easy is how I’m handling the rest of the week :) Hope you had a terrific Thanksgiving!

    • Pamela

      Hope you’re able to have a super relaxing long weekend Liz!

  16. Pamela – now I wish I had made a turkey this year! :)
    Cannot wait for that oreo chocolate mousse pie recipe – don’t think there would be any leftovers of that in our house!

    • Pamela

      Thanks Shashi, it’s quite the delicious and addicting pie! ;) Hope you had a great weekend.

  17. Irina @ wandercrush

    Oooooh great round-up; that white chili looks particularly tempting. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with plenty of leftovers to work with!

    • Pamela

      Hope your day was great as well Irina!

  18. Joanne

    These are some great ways to mix it up with those leftovers! Definitely don’t want to get bored early on.

    • Pamela

      Agreed, plus I can never say no too many taco or nacho options.. :)

  19. Chris @ Shared Appetite

    Leftovers is definitely one of the best parts of Thanksgiving! Love all these recipe ideas, especially the chilis! Yum!

    • Pamela

      I am a big leftover fan too Chris!

  20. Robyn @simply fresh dinners

    Oh, what a lovely surprise – thank you so much, Pamela for including my baked penne on your beautiful round up of tasty turkey leftovers. You made my day!
    Hope your Thanksgiving was fabulous!

    • Pamela

      Thanks Robyn, can’t wait to eat that baked penne, great recipe!

  21. Sophie

    Great & tasty leftover turkey ideas, Pamela. Yeahhhhh. It is great to hear that you all had a fabulous time.

    • Pamela

      Thanks Sophie! Hope you had a great weekend!

  22. Ash-foodfashionparty

    That chili and sandwich looks so yummy, then again everything looks delicious.

    • Pamela

      Thanks Ash!

  23. Anne ~ Uni Homemaker

    I love this round-up Pamela! And I can’t stop thinking about that open turkey sandwich –YUM! Hope you and Matthew had a lovely Thanksgiving. Have a great week my friend!

    • Pamela

      Thanks Anne, hope you had a great one too!

  24. ela @ gray apron

    That urkey sandwich…love it!

  25. The Café Sucre Farine

    I’m thinking you might have to make another turkey to be able to make all these yummy leftover meals. Plus it would sure make old Essy happy!

  26. Amy @ Elephant Eats

    I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, Pamela! Your menu sounds amazing :) So many great recipes to make with leftovers…

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