Ingredient Spotlight: How to Use Leftover Turkey

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If you find yourself with a bunch of leftover turkey next week,  do a jig around you kitchen.  You’re sitting on gold mine of easy, weeknight dinner fare.

Bag the turkey in 3 cup quantities and freeze it (don’t forget to label it).  You can use turkey in any dish that you would normally use cooked chicken.  The possibilities are nearly endless.

Soups and casseroles are obvious choices and I’m going to share a few of my favorite soups with you today.  If you’ve got turkey (or chicken) cooked and frozen, you are all set for these recipes. 

Homemade Chicken and Dumplings isn’t exactly a soup, but I think it fits in well.  If you were lucky, you’ll get to have dumplings with your Thanksgiving dinner.  Maybe you’ll be double-lucky and get to have them after the holiday too.

Pumpkin Black Bean Chicken Chili in the Slow Cooker is a new favorite recipe for me.  Everyone who tells me they’ve made it loves it too.  (Thanks for the recipe, Bev!)

This Tomato Basil Chicken Soup is very fast to pull together.  Pair it with a grilled cheese sandwich on a cold evening.

Slow Cooker Spicy Chicken Soup can be made with all kinds of variations to fit what you’ve got in your pantry.  It will be easy and taste great every time.

Now it’s your turn.  Link up any recipe that uses cooked turkey (or chicken).  Feel free to link as many as you like, just be sure to include a link back to Eat at Home.  You can use the button below, if you like.

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  1. This is perfect! I just posted my leftovers sliders a few minutes ago 🙂
    Thank you so much for hosting!

  2. Another yummy way to use turkey – turkey croquettes! Finely chop leftover turkey slices, a few raw carrots, celery, peppers (really, whatever veggies you have on hand) in a blender/food processor. Add a few tablespoons of mashed potatoes to help bind the turkey mixture, along w/ 2 eggs. Roll into small patties, almost like crab cakes and dip in parmesan flavored bread crumbs. Pan fry in a little oil until the patties brown on both sides and, voila, turkey croquettes! So good. (This is not my recipe, by the way. Rachel Ray gets ALL the credit!)

  3. Such a good ingredient choice, Tiffany. Today I bring a recipe for how I make Stovetop Rotisserie Chicken so that I can have cooked chicken in my freezer. Also there are two recipes for using cooked chicken or turkey. Chicken in Shells Alfredo. This is a favorite at our house. Chicken and Gnocchi Soup. This is a new soup recipe for me, and we thought it was delicious. It could also be made using tortellini, which I think would be very good. I see several recipes already linked up that I want to try. Thanks for hosting, and an early “Happy Thanksgiving.”


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