Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Turkey Recipes for after Thanksgiving

I roasted a few different turkeys this year and that has added up to a whole lot of leftover turkey. I used it in sandwiches, soups, salads and I've saved those recipes to share again this weekend. If you find yourself with extra turkey on your hands, here are a few ideas to help you make the most of it.

Turkey and Walnut Salad with Cranberry Dressing - full of flavor from toasted walnuts and a fantastic cranberry dressing. This dressing alone is reason enough to try your hand at making your own cranberry sauce this year.

Simple Turkey Salad for Sandwiches - this simple salad of turkey, celery and walnuts in a creamy, tangy dressing can be served with crackers, on bread or topping a garden salad.

Southwest Turkey Chopped Salad - the turkey in this salad is mixed with a ton of other great flavors; black beans, plenty of vegetables, pine nuts and cheese. The salad is topped with a great tasting barbecue ranch dressing. Add the crunch of tortilla chips to make it a taco salad.

BBQ Turkey Stuffed Red Potatoes - bites of turkey, dripping with tangy barbecue sauce and stuffed into a fluffy baked potato with a crispy skin

Turkey with Balsamic Brown Sugar Sauce - the leftover turkey is well matched with the tang of the balsamic and the slight sweetness from just a bit of brown sugar. 

Creamy Turkey Noodle Soup - chunks of turkey, carrots, celery and thick egg noodles come together in a creamy soup to create a perfect after-Thanksgiving meal. My family looks forward to this soup every bit as much as we look forward to the big turkey with all the sides.

Spicy Southwest Turkey and Four Bean Soup - red chile, green chile and jalapeno combined with four different beans and some leftover turkey to create a seriously spicy soup packed with a whole lot of Mexican flavor.
Creamy Turkey Green Chile Soup - richly flavorful creamy broth full of roasted green chile and loaded to the brim with chunks of leftover turkey.


Happy Thanksgiving to all of my friends!
I'll be back next week with new recipes to share.


  1. Happy Thanksgiving, Mary! Everything looks good. I like that you turn to soups and salads for your leftovers as that is what I always crave after Thanksgiving.

  2. Happy Thanksgiving to you too! Thanks again for the cranberry sauce recipe - delicious!

  3. Nice looking list Mary and my favorite is turkey salad - I've never met a version I didn't like. Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

  4. Fantastic leftover ideas, Mary!
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!!

    (p.s..I highlighted your green chili soup on my favorite leftovers from around the blogosphere post today.. can't wait to try it!!)

  5. I'll be making one of those creamy soups, for sure. Have a great day and weekend with the family!

  6. I love all these ideas for leftover turkey. I am now craving for some creamy turkey chili! Happy Thanksgiving!

  7. So many tasty looking recipes!! I wish it was Thanksgiving here, I will have to save these to use after Christmas!

  8. These all look great! I'm forwarding these to my mom who has a ton of turkey left over!

  9. What an amazing selection of ways to use the leftover turkey!

  10. These all look so good but that turkey and walnut salad really sounds great!

  11. That BBQ stuffed tater is my favorite, love "hawg back" potatoes as they are called around here when stuffed with pork.