36 Leftover Turkey Recipes [Crockpot Mostly]

Whether it’s Thanksgiving, Christmas, or just a regular dinner, turkey leftovers are always welcomed.

Today we are on the mission to answer a pressing question that often arises the day after such a dinner, “What can I do with day-old turkey?”. This question is one with many possibilities. 

The recipe ideas below provide easy and affordable meal options to use for Thanksgiving turkey leftovers, curries, soups, stews, and sandwiches.

Leftover Turkey

There is a little something for everyone in this round-up of leftover turkey crock recipes. You will find these recipes especially useful if you traditionally shop the day after Thanksgiving. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Is It Safe to Reheat Turkey in a Crockpot?

Slow cookers are a great option for reheating turkey because they do not dry out the meat as fast as a regular oven.

Poor enough gravy into the slow cooker to cover so that it covers about an inch of the pot’s walls.

Setting the cooker to low, let it reheat for 30 minutes, and leave it on the “keep warm” setting until it’s time to serve. 

Can I Store Turkey in the Fridge for over a Week?

According to USDA recommendations, it is best to use up cooked turkey within 3 to 4 days. Though the fridge does help with preserving the meat, bacteria will still grow and fester if kept longer than 5 days.

The solution here is to use one of the recipe ideas above and consume all leftovers before they go to waste. 

Leftover Turkey Recipes

Do I Need to Reheat Turkey Before Eating It?

As long as the turkey has been cooked within 3-4 days and refrigerated, it is perfectly safe to eat it whether it is warm or cold.

Serve it in sandwiches or eat it with your favorite condiments for dipping. There’s no wrong way of eating turkey once it is cooked. 

How to Reheat Turkey?

There is always a high possibility of drying out turkey if it isn’t reheated carefully. If reheating in the oven, I recommend covering the pan as tight as possible with foil. This will help trap the moisture. Allow for it to reheat slowly, for 20-30 minutes under 300°F. 

Finishing Thoughts

Making use of leftovers is good for the wallet, and environment, and saves us precious time for having to whip up a whole new meal. It is evident that the possibilities for leftover turkey recipes are endless.

There is only one real challenge: limiting one’s choices among all the delicious recipe options. With so many ideas available, you will be praying that the next turkey dinner will yield leftovers to use in one of these recipes.

All in all, regardless of which recipe option you use, your family will enjoy a satisfying and delightful meal.

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