Friday, November 26, 2010

Friday Favorites: Five Favorite Recipes Using Leftover Turkey

I hope all my U.S. readers had a lovely Thanksgiving day spent relaxing with family and friends with plenty of tasty food. If you cooked a turkey for the big day, chances are you now have leftover turkey that you'd like to turn into something that's a slightly different take on the turkey, gravy, and mashed potatoes you had today. A few years ago I picked my Top Ten List of Leftover Turkey Recipes. Since then I've posted more ideas for leftover turkey, and when I decided to narrow it down to five favorites, I was surprised at how hard it was! But after giving it some thought, here are my five picks, starting with this Leftover Turkey (or Chicken) Casserole with Brown Rice, Mushrooms, Sour Cream, Cheese, and Thyme.

One recipe that's had a lot of fans through the years is this Leftover Turkey and Sweet Potato Soup with Black Beans and Lime, and these are flavors I'd never get tired of.

I also love this Turkey and Cannellini Bean Soup with Sweet Potatoes and Rosemary. If you have leftover sweet potatoes, either of these soups would be a great choice!

I love avocados in any recipe, and these quick and easy Turkey and Guacamole Quesadillas are a nice change from traditional Thanksgiving food.

And finally, even though I first tried the recipe just a few days ago, I can tell this Coconut-Lime Turkey (or chicken) and Rice Soup is going to be a favorite.

More Ideas with Leftover Turkey from my turkey posts at
Top Ten List of What to Make with Leftover Turkey from Thanksgiving 2007
Save That Turkey Carcass and Your Leftover Turkey and Turn It Into Soup from Thanksgiving 2008
10 Turkey Soup Ideas Your Family Will Love from Thanksgiving 2009
Ten New Ideas for Turkey Leftover from Thanksgiving 2010

Do you have leftover turkey at your house? If so, please let us know in the comments about your favorite way to use it.
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  1. I see that three of your five favorites are soups. That's my favorite way to use Thanksgiving leftovers, too.

  2. I'm liking the quesadilla idea. Even though we didn't do turkey, I'm thinking my leftovers would be fab in a quesadilla with guacamole.

  3. Ah, the leftover turkey. You just gotta love it!

  4. Kalyn here checking in after a very relaxed day-after-Thanksgiving. I still have a little turkey left and I'm thinking this morning about what I should do with it!

  5. These are great ideas Kalyn! Hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving!

  6. These all look YUM . . . how will I ever decide?

  7. I made turkey nacho soup. I put some of the gravy but watered it down some because it is very very rich anyway. I put the left over corn and cut up the turkey. Then I added some salsa someone brought for chips and some nacho cheese sauce. Cooked it in the slow cooker all day. It is very simple but very good.

  8. I think Turkey Nacho Soup sounds just delish!

  9. We didn't cook a turkey this year but I like all your ideas for leftovers. Makes me want to go buy a turkey just to try them! :)

  10. We don't celelbrate Thanksgiving in my corner of the world and Ive never actually seen whole turkies being sold here... but I make baked female-turkey breast from time to time (great in salads and sandwiches)so I might just make it this week so we can enjoy these leftover-recipes.

  11. Elle, I cook a turkey breast myself far more often than I do a whole bird!

  12. This dish looks great! We had a huge Thanksgiving dinner this year with 25 friends and family members but we still had a lot of left over turkey so I turned it into a soup. I combined the leftover turkey pieces with peas, celery, carrots, chicken broth and lemon. Hot soup really hits the spot on cold winter nights.

  13. Grace, I love turkey soup, and that sounds great (especially with lemon!)


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