3 Ways To Use Your Leftover Turkey (That Aren’t a Sandwich) November 27, 2019

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Wondering what you’re going to do with all your leftover turkey? Wonder no more! We’ve created these three delicious turkey recipes that are way better than a typical turkey sandwich.


1. Turkey Pot Pie

Turkey Pot Pie


  • 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • 2.5 cups stock
  • ½ cup half & half
  • ½ cup cooked wild rice
  • 1 cup chopped kale
  • 2 TBSP thyme
  • 1 TBSP sage
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • 2 cups shredded cooked turkey
  • 2 pie crust rounds (1 box)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ cup AP Flour



  1. Preheat oven to 375 and adjust rack to the middle position. Melt butter in a large pan over medium heat. Add shallot, carrots, thyme, and sage, and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until herbs are fragrant and carrots are just tender, 5-7 minutes. 
  2. Add flour and cook, stirring constantly, until flour just begins to brown 1-2 minutes. Slowly pour in turkey stock and half & half, stirring to combine. Simmer until thickened, 8-10 minutes. Add wild rice, kale, and shredded turkey, and stir to combine. Season generously with salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. Gently place one pie crust into the bottom of a pie tin or oven safe skillet, trimming any excess. Pour filling into pie tin and spread to fill evenly. Place second pie crust over the top of the pie dish, leaving half an inch excess around the edge. Fold excess crust over onto itself on the lip of the pie tin. Using the tines of a fork, press all around the perimeter of the crust to seal. Cut a few slits in the top of the pie for steam to escape. (Alternatively, you can make individual pot pies using small ramekins.)
  4. Brush the top crust with the beaten egg and place on the middle rack of preheated oven. Bake until filling is bubbling and crust is golden brown, 30-40 minutes. Let cool for at least 5 minutes before serving.

Fresh Tip: Use whatever seasonal veggies you like in this! 


2. Turkey Noodle Soup

Turkey Noodle Soup


  • 1 cup peeled, thinly sliced carrots
  • 1 cup thinly sliced celery stalks
  • ½ cup diced yellow onion
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 8 cups low sodium chicken or turkey stock*
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup uncooked dry broad egg noodles
  • 2 cups cooked turkey meat, roughly chopped or shredded
  • ¼ cup chopped dill
  • 2 lemons


  1. Heat a large drizzle of olive oil in a large pot over medium high heat.
  2. Add carrots, celery, and onion. Cook, stirring occasionally, until starting to soften.
  3. Add turmeric and stir to combine.
  4. Add stock, bay leaves, 1 TBSP kosher salt (less if you’re using a higher sodium broth) and bring to a boil. Cook until carrots and celery are almost tender, 5-7 minutes.
  5. Add egg noodles and cook until al dente, about 7-8 minutes (check package instructions!). Remove from heat.
  6. Season generously with freshly cracked black pepper.
  7. Stir in dill and juice of two lemons.
  8. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
  9. Garnish with extra sprigs of dill and a lemon wedge.

*To make your own stock, place leftover turkey bones and carcass in a large pot with 1 halved large onion, two peeled carrots, 2 celery stalks, 1 halved head of garlic, 2 bay leaves, 1 sprig of thyme, and 1 TBSP whole peppercorns. Cover with cold water, bring to a boil, reduce to low heat and cover pot. Cook, skimming fat occasionally, until stock is golden in color, 4-5 hours. Strain and cool stock.

3. Harvest Turkey Cobb Salad

Harvest Turkey Cobb Salad


  • 1 Large Head Romaine or other mixed salad greens, Chopped
  • 1/2 lb Chopped Leftover Turkey (Can use more!)
  • 6 oz Bacon, Cooked, Roughly Chopped
  • 1 Gala or Fuji Apple, Diced
  • 1 Ripe Avocado, Diced
  • 1 Cup Gorgonzola Crumbles
  • 3/4 Cup Chopped Toasted Nuts (Pecans, Walnuts or Almonds)
  • 1/2 Cup Chopped Celery
  • 1/2 Cup Dried Cranberries or Cherries
  • 2 TBSP Chopped Red Onion or Shallot
  • (For The Dressing)
  • 1/2 cup Sour Cream
  • 1/4 cup Mayo
  • 1/4 cup Chopped Mixed Tender Herbs (Chive, Tarragon, Parsley)
  • 2 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 2 tsp Honey
  • 2 TBSP White Wine Vinegar
  • Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper


  1. Place the Romaine or mixed greens in a large salad bowl or platter.
  2. Arrange all the elements on top in rows.
  3. Combine all dressing ingredients.
  4. Drizzle the salad with dressing and toss right before serving. 

Fresh Tip: Top with garlic croutons!


We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving feast. And don’t forget to save room for dessert! Check out The Easiest Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe EVER. 

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