Smoked turkey is a great food choice, as it is considered lean meat and has an excellent flavor profile.
Whether you have a leftover whole smoked turkey, or it has already been sliced or pulled, there are plenty of ways to eat it as a leftover.
When I have extra meat, I typically use it in sandwiches or casseroles. To help you out, I gathered a list of recipes so you can see all the different kinds of meals that they can be integrated into! Let’s get started.
Although these sliders are typically an appetizer, they are the perfect size for kids, and adults can eat as many as they’d like to fill up! To assemble the sandwich, pile on bacon, turkey, tomatoes, and more.
Make a homemade sauce to complete the dish. I served this alongside garlic potato wedges, and it was divine!
This is one incredibly unique sandwich! Make the jam by simply adding small amounts of chipotle to your raspberry jam until it reaches the spiciness you prefer.
For the sandwich, smother the jam, then place the gouda, tomato, arugula, and turkey on the bun. I enjoy putting this under the broiler for a minute to get the cheese melted and the bread crispy! How delightful.
Could it get any better than having an ooey-gooey grilled cheese? My kids go crazy over this recipe! To start, make your sandwich full of cranberry jelly, smoked turkey, and gouda cheese.
Smother the bread with herb butter and cook the sandwich in a skillet until the cheese is perfectly melted, making the bread slightly crunchy on the outside. I recommend serving this with a side salad; it is a flavorful meal!
Here is a super simple recipe that the whole family will enjoy. Start by cooking a wine sauce on the stovetop while cooking your noodles in a separate pan.
Once the creamy sauce is finished, it will have mushrooms, garlic, cheese, turkey, and more. Transfer it to a baking dish, sprinkle with breadcrumbs, and bake until it is golden and bubbly. I served this with garlic bread and green beans! Yum.
Stuffing can be enjoyed no matter what time of year it is! Why limit something so tasteful to just the holidays? Make a cream sauce with onion and garlic on the stovetop to make this casserole. Next, stir in the turkey and vegetables.
Place the mixture into a baking dish, topping it with stuffing, then bake it for approximately 30 minutes. To garnish, I generally put fresh parsley and basil. How savory!
Using your leftover turkey in a pot pie is a great idea, especially when it’s Cajun-style! First, make the filling out of celery, onion, jalapenos, tomatoes, and more.
For the crust, it is simply flour, butter, water, and seasonings! Layer the filling in ramekins or a large baking dish, then roll out the crust and cover it. Bake until everything is bubbly, and the crust is baked through.
Since it’s already packed with protein and veggies, I usually serve this on its own! It is excellent with some shredded cheese sprinkled on top.
For this effortless yet flavorful casserole, make your filling with leftover turkey, steamed broccoli, white rice, and cream of chicken soup.
Pour it into the baking dish, then top the filling with cheese and fried onions. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes. When done, I recommend garnishing it as I do with fresh parsley and additional cheese.
Are you looking for a quick and easy fix for dinner? Look no further! For this bake, combine the french onion soup, turkey, bread cubes, cheese, and additional ingredients in a large bowl.
Next, transfer It to your baking dish, sprinkling it with thyme and cheese before baking it for 15 minutes. When I served this, I had it with asparagus as the side, and the flavors paired so perfectly!
Although this recipe calls for ground turkey, feel free to use whatever turkey you have on hand. To start, cook your pasta accordingly. Heat your leftover turkey in a skillet with onion and garlic, then add the tomato sauce and seasonings.
Toss the pasta into the mixture until it is fully coated in the sauce. Pour the filling into a baking dish, then bake it for 25 minutes.
The recipe says to put the cheese on at the beginning of baking, but I typically like sprinkling it on halfway through, so it doesn’t get too brown. Serve with steamed vegetables for a balanced meal!
I had to include just one more pot pie recipe; this one is too good to pass up! For the filling, cook pancetta, mushrooms, celery, carrots, and other ingredients in a skillet.
Add in broth followed by flour, creating a thickened sauce. Use puff pastry sheets as the crust, covering the filling, then bake in the oven for approximately 30-40 minutes. My kids love eating this meal on rainy days; it is so comforting and hearty.
This recipe originally calls for the use of ham, but I recently put some of my leftover smoked turkeys in it, and it was to die for. Make the filling with turkey, eggs, onion, cheese, butter, and cream.
Put the chopped broccoli in the bottom of the baking dish, pour the filling over it, and sprinkle with shredded cheese.
Bake for 30 minutes or until the eggs are set. I love serving this topped with freshly diced tomatoes and sour cream!
You will be the star of the show at your next family gathering when you bring these adorable appetizers! To make them, wrap your turkey slices with cream cheese, ranch seasoning, cheddar cheese, and crispy bacon.
To serve, I love having additional ranch dressing on the side! Dipping it in something spicy like buffalo sauce is excellent as well.
Salad recipes are an excellent way to nourish your body refreshingly and lightly. This salad combines turkey, beans, corn, peppers, and tomatoes to make a yummy meal.
Mix olive oil, cilantro, garlic, lemon juice, and sherry vinegar for the dressing. Fold the ingredients into the sauce to evenly coat all the components. I love serving this with a bowl of berries or even a fruit smoothie!
I love pasta salads because they’re incredibly yummy while also being nice and filling! To make this recipe, start by combining your smoked turkey with celery, cheese, chopped apples, cranberries, and cooked pasta.
For the dressing, blend Caesar dressing with balsamic, then fold it into the ingredients. I personally like setting this aside in the refrigerator for a while to let all the flavors marry before serving it! Delish.
This salad contains fresh ingredients such as celery, grapes, green onion, and tarragon. Stir the turkey in with the vegetables. Next, coat your cooked pasta in dressing and then combine with the rest of the ingredients.
I enjoy putting walnuts and other nuts into this salad; it gives it a nice crunch! Serve it chilled.
If you love macaroni salad, this recipe will blow you away! Simply cook your pasta off and let it cool before adding it to the other ingredients.
This recipe has a nice blend of flavors, including lemon juice, Swiss cheese, almonds, smoked turkey, and seasonings. I love bringing this dish to cookouts; I usually have to double the recipe because it is so popular!
With hints of Dijon mustard and lemon pepper, this recipe is a showstopper for sure. For the salad, I combine all the ingredients (smoked turkey, apples, walnuts, carrots, and tomatoes) before putting it on a bed of romaine lettuce.
The Dijon gets mixed with vinegar and olive oil before drizzling or tossed in the salad. Additionally, I usually serve this alongside a BLT sandwich. Yum!
If you’ve got some leftover wings to use up, this soup will certainly please you! It only has a few ingredients, which makes it so convenient to make!
Throwing your turkey wings in with some seasonings and water will essentially make a stock, then you can add potatoes, green beans, garlic, and whatever other products you have on hand! I commonly put carrots, celery, and corn in my soup as well. Serve with crackers!
Classic chowder is definitely yummy, but this one is even more delicious! Chicken broth, half and half, and soy sauce make up the base for this creamy chowder.
Simmer bacon, mushrooms, sweet potatoes, smoked turkey, and more in the liquid for 20 minutes. Serve warm french bread alongside it. This is my favorite soup to enjoy on gloomy days, and I love garnishing it with fresh parsley.
Pot pie in soup form? I know it sounds wild but hears me out! It’s amazing! Start by sauteeing the onions, celery, carrots, and mushrooms. Add in your flour, followed by your broth.
Next, add your turkey, potatoes, and peas, and simmer the soup for 40 minutes. To make it as complete as a classic pot pie, you must serve it alongside some biscuits! My kids love putting their biscuits in the bowl first, then pour the soup on top. It’s such a good idea!
Crockpot meals are my favorite because they’re so easy! Dice all of your ingredients (celery, carrots, onions, tomatoes, lentils, broth, and more) into your crockpot and cook on low for 6 hours.
Since you are using leftover turkey, I suggest pulling or chopping the meat and waiting until the last hour to throw the turkey in, so it doesn’t get overcooked. To serve, top with fresh parsley and shredded cheese.
Similar to a white chili, this soup is hearty and flavorful! You can use up leftover turkey legs for the meat. Saute the meat with garlic, onion, carrots, and celery. Mix in the beans, seasonings, and chicken broth.
Simmer the soup for about 45 minutes! The recipe suggests serving it alongside rice, but my family liked having the rice mixed in! It’s phenomenal.
Now, this is the good stuff! Cheesy and creamy with loads of vegetables. To begin, cook the first several ingredients together for about 20 minutes (stock, potatoes, celery, carrots, and onion).
Next, add the last few ingredients: milk, cheese, and corn. Add your already cooked smoked turkey, and you’re good to go! I love adding a dash of cayenne pepper to this to give it a little kick, then finishing it off with sour cream.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Can I Eat Cold Smoked Turkey, or Do I have to Heat It?
With already cooked smoked turkey, you can eat it cold If it has been under proper refrigeration. Many of the salad recipes above integrate cold turkey instead of hot!
2. What is the Difference Between Smoked and Cured Turkey?
The main difference is that when a turkey is smoked, it is cooked in the process. Meanwhile, cured turkey just means it has been preserved, usually with salt and other seasonings, therefore it has not necessarily been cooked before you buy it.
3. What is the Best Way to Reheat Smoked Turkey?
I recommend cooking the smoked turkey at a lower temperature and having it covered. Low and slow is the way to go, mainly to prevent it from drying out!
4. Is There Any Way to Revive Dry Smoked Turkey?
Yes! Don’t toss it just yet. First, try cutting it and putting it in a shallow pan. Next, pour chicken or beef stock over it, then cover it before reheating. This should moisten the meat and give it life again!
In conclusion, smoked turkey is such a yummy delicacy that having leftovers is lovely, rather than being a chore! If you use it up within a few days of cooking it, it will be perfectly tasty!
I love making all types of salads and sandwiches with my leftover smoked turkey, but as you can see, there are plenty of other options.
Whether your family is more into comfort food, healthy food, or snacky bites, I am confident you will find a way to utilize your leftovers.
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