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3 Thanksgiving Turkey Leftover Meals

By Edited Oct 16, 2016 8 15

Enjoy Turkey Leftover Meals: Barbecue, Salad, and Stir-Fry

Yesterday, you enjoyed a delicious Thanksgiving meal with family and friends; now, how will you transform all that turkey leftover meat into innovative new meals? As usual, you prepared more than enough for your Thanksgiving gathering. But hey, you planned to have leftovers. After all, cooking once, and eating multiple times, from one cooking, is a smart way to save money and time. So, let’s talk about some of the tasty turkey leftover meals you and your family can enjoy for a couple of days.

Turkey Leftover Meals # 1 - Barbecue

Turkey Leftover Meals - Barbecue(65955)

The first of the new exciting turkey leftover meals is everyone’s favorite - barbecue. Your family will not be thinking holiday leftovers when they dig into this tasty dinner. This barbecue is versatile, too, since it can be used for sandwiches, at home, or for those brown bag lunches. Need a hors d’oeuvre? Spread it on crackers, and serve. Or, use this first of the turkey leftover meals, barbecue, and serve it as a topping on a baked potato.

You will want to bookmark this turkey leftover meals barbecue recipe, so you can easily find it after Thanksgiving and Christmas.

This turkey leftover meals recipe can also be used for other cooked meats, such as chicken, pork, or beef.

Gather the ingredients to make turkey leftover meals barbecue:    

1 small onion, chopped into small pieces

2 tbsp. butter or margarine

2 tbsp. flour

1 tbsp. chili powder

½ tsp. salt

¼ tsp. garlic powder

1 can tomatoes, chopped (1 lb. size)

1 tbsp. molasses

2 or 3 cups chopped, cooked poultry

Let’s Cook

Chop the small onion, tomatoes, and meat into small pieces.

Place the butter, or margarine, in a 10-inch frying pan. Melt the butter, and sauté the fresh onion, until golden.

Stir the flour and seasonings into the sautéed onions.

Blend in the molasses and chopped tomatoes, mixing well after each addition.

Add in the chopped meat, and stir until well blended. To obtain the texture you want, use the back of your spoon to break up the meat, and the tomatoes, into smaller pieces. Bring to a boil, turn the heat down, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 10 to 15 minutes.

Serve the barbecue on your favorite bread, or buns. Or, it can be served on a baked potato.

Turkey Leftover Meals # 2 – Salad Sandwich Spread

Turkey Leftover Meals - Salad Sandwich Spread

I like turkey leftover meals. I like sandwiches. I like turkey salad sandwiches, made from leftover meat. And I like making meals when I don’t have to cook. While I enjoy cooking, and redoing old recipes, there are times when I just like to cook up enough goodies, so that I can have time off. That is the benefit of cooking a large bird. Lots of quick and easy turkey leftover meals can be had from that Thanksgiving bird.

Turkey salad sandwiches are one of my husband’s favorite leftover meals. This is a simple to make recipe.

Ingredients needed to make turkey leftover meals - salad sandwich spread:

2 – 3 cups finely chopped, cooked poultry

¼ cup diced onion

¼ cup chopped sweet pickle

1/3 cup sliced celery


sprinkle on some celery seed

salt and pepper to taste

Let’s Make a Salad Spread!

Finely chop two to three cups cooked poultry.

Depending on what you like, and the quantities you like, add in the diced onion, chopped sweet pickle, and sliced celery. Stir these into the chopped poultry.

Stir in enough mayonnaise to blend all the ingredients together. Sprinkle on some celery seed, and add salt and pepper to your taste.

Serve on your favorite toasted bread, with sliced tomato, and lettuce. This turkey leftover meals recipe can also be made using rotisserie chicken.

Turkey Leftover Meals # 3 – Stir-Fry

Turkey Leftover Meals - Stir Fry

No longer will your wonder what to do with turkey leftover meat, when you plan your meals using these recipes. We have already done turkey leftover meals barbecue, and salad spread for sandwiches, now let’s make a stir-fry. By now, you are probably wishing your had bought a larger bird so you could make even more turkey leftover meals.

Gather the ingredients to make turkey leftover meals stir-fry:     

2 tbsp. olive oil

1 onion, medium size, sliced

1 pepper, red or green, cut into strips

½ cup broth, from the bird or chicken broth

3 – 4 tbsp. Kikkoman Teriyaki Marinade & Sauce

3 – 4 cups frozen broccoli, cauliflower, carrots

2 – 3 cups chopped, cooked poultry meat

cooked brown rice

Let’s Stir Up Some Stir-Fry!

Pour the olive oil into a stir-fry pan or a large frying pan. Add the sliced onion and pepper strips. On a medium low heat, cook until soft, but still crispy.

Next, pour in the broth and the Kikkoman Teriyaki Marinade & Sauce. Soy sauce may be used, if you prefer. My family likes the taste of the teriyaki sauce better. Heat until the liquid begins to simmer.

Stir in your choice of vegetables. I buy, from Costco, a large bag of frozen, Normandy-Style Vegetables Blend, which consists of broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots. So, I just dip out the amount of vegetables I need, whenever I need them. This measurement is flexible; add more or less vegetables, as you desire.

In another pan, cook your rice, according to the package directions. I like, and use, Uncle Ben’s Whole Grain Fast and Natural Instant Brown Rice. This tasty and healthy rice cooks in 10 minutes.

Add the cooked, chopped poultry, and stir to blend all the ingredients together.

Cook over a medium low heat, stirring frequently, until the vegetables are fork tender.

Serve over the brown rice for a simple, yet delicious, quick and easy dinner.

In Closing

See how many flavorful, and different, turkey leftover meals you can serve from your planned leftovers. As a matter of fact, I imagine your family will be encouraging you to buy, and cook another turkey soon, since they liked the large variety of leftover meals they enjoyed from this one. And this is a good idea. Turkeys are a great value for the price, and you can cook once, and enjoy many quick and easy dinners from this one piece of meat.

Bookmark this turkey leftover meals article, so you can use it during the holidays. But remember, these recipes can be used anytime you have poultry leftovers. I wish you many delicious turkey leftover meals, from your holiday birds.



Sep 26, 2011 12:05am
Great stir fry idea!
Oct 10, 2011 11:21am
The stir-fry makes a quick and tasty meal. Since I don't have turkey leftovers frequently, I use planned leftovers from a rotisserie chicken. Thanks for commenting.
Oct 6, 2011 3:37pm
I like all of these turkey leftover recipes; they all sound delicious!
Oct 14, 2011 8:44pm
Thanks Sullysee, I appreciate the read and the comment.
Oct 10, 2011 5:59am
Congrats on having a double feataure of articles! These recipes sound yummy!
Oct 14, 2011 8:52pm
Thanks! It was a wonderful surprise. I appreciate the read and the comment.
Oct 10, 2011 7:32am
Nice article! My favorite is home made leftover turkey noodle soup.
Oct 14, 2011 9:16pm
Thanks for reading and commenting on my turkey leftover meals article. I make chicken noodle soup, but I have never made turkey noodle soup. How about sharing your recipe?
Oct 10, 2011 3:08pm
Hi there again! Congrats on that second featured article in a row! Can't wait to try all of these. They sound delicious and I am not usually a fan of left overs!
Oct 14, 2011 9:40pm
Thanks Kbuzz! I like to cook once, and then have some planned leftover meals. It saves me time in the kitchen, gives me extra time for IB, and more time to play cards with the hubby.
Oct 10, 2011 3:34pm
Wow girl, congratulations on another great feature. Great ways to use leftover turkey. All of your recipes sound great. I'm a big fan of turkey or chicken salad, never made it with pickle relish,I always use chopped seedless grapes, will try relish next time.
Oct 14, 2011 10:01pm
Thanks for stopping by and commenting! I really appreciate it. I have used grapes in my macaroni salad, but not in turkey/chicken salad, thanks for the tip. I either use chopped pickles from a jar, or just cut up my own pickles. I just love trading around these ideas!
Oct 13, 2011 8:47am
thnaks for sharing nice ideas
Oct 14, 2011 10:25pm
I appreciate the read and the comment. Thanks!
Oct 13, 2011 7:08pm
Excellent ideas, the barbecue is the one that appeals the most to me.
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