6 Turkey Leftover Ideas Your Family Will Love

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of De’Longhi.

Everyone looks forward to traditional Thanksgiving fixings and some even look forward to the leftovers, but how many times can you really eat that exact same meal in a single week? Because I’m the type that would rather have too much food than not enough when hosting, I often end up with tons of turkey leftover. For this reason, I’ve become pretty creative with my post-Thanksgiving meal prepping over the years, and thanks to a new toy I’ve got just in time for the holidays repurposing leftovers will be a breeze. Here are just a few turkey leftover ideas for you to use to feed the masses all the way through Cyber Monday!

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1. Turkey Cranberry and Grilled Brie Cheese Sandwich

Of course you can throw together any old turkey sandwich using leftovers, but this recipe takes comfort food up a notch! I love the flavor combination of the sweet and tart cranberries with the warm brie. I use my De’Longhi Livenza All-Day Grill to make restaurant-quality, picture perfect Paninis. Try it for yourself using the recipe at the end of this post.

2. Turkey Noodle Soup

Substitute turkey for chicken in your favorite chicken noodle soup recipe. I promise it won’t change the flavor much at all. You can even freeze a batch. This healthy option will keep your family warm on the cold winter days to come.

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3. Turkey Salad

Of all the turkey leftover ideas, this has got to be the easiest to implement. Make your favorite green salad and throw a few strips of white meat on top. Be it Caesar or Cobb, turkey works as a protein source just as well as chicken does. You can also make a mayonnaise-based turkey salad to spread onto a croissant.

4. Turkey Casserole

Casseroles are great for busy evenings because they’re one dish meals. Mix turkey, noodles, cheese and veggies and pop it in the oven!

5. Turkey Chili

You can substitute shredded turkey for ground turkey, chicken or beef in most chili recipes.

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6. Turkey Tacos, Burritos & Enchiladas

Again, shredded turkey is an easy substitute in any of these dishes, and they’re unexpected options this time of year.

My new favorite kitchen toy, the De’Longhi Livenza All-Day Grill, makes prepping, cooking and cleaning so much easier. It was named as one of Oprah’s Favorite Things last year and it’s easy to see why. This super flexible grill means I can free up space on my counter by streamlining my appliances. It can grill a steak, press a Panini, cook the pancakes and make perfect waffles! It can do all of this thanks to its interchangeable, non-stick grill, griddle and waffle plates. And they’re dishwasher safe! The Livenza All-Day Grill cooks evenly and has an integrated drip tray for healthier grilling. The extra-wide 9”x15” cooking surface lets me make several dishes at once, making it perfect for Thanksgiving Day and for coming up with new turkey leftover ideas. There’s even an app chock full of healthy recipes.

What are your favorite turkey leftover ideas?

turkey leftover ideas
Photo: Carmen Sognonvi

Turkey Cranberry and Grilled Brie Cheese Sandwich

4 slices of hearty whole-grain bread
4 slices turkey breast, about 6 ounces
6 slices brie, rind removed
¼ cup cranberry sauce
4 tsp dijon mustard
2-3 tablespoons butter


1. Insert the grill plates in “open grill” mode. Turn the temperature on the upper and lower grill plates to 400ºF and preheat the grill.
1. Heat up the De’Longhi Livenza All-Day Grill over medium heat.
2. Butter one side of each piece of bread.
3. On unbuttered side of 2 slices of bread layer half of brie, half of cranberry sauce, 2 slices of turkey.
4. Place slice of bread on top, buttered side up.
5. Place the sandwiches on the grill and close the top plate to contact mode. Turn once, and cook until the bread is well-marked and the cheese is melted, about 5 minutes per side.
6. Cut in half and serve at once.

turkey leftover ideas
Photo: Carmen Sognonvi


This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of De’Longhi. The opinions and text are all mine.

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