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Leftover Turkey Solutions

If one thing is for certain after Thanksgiving, it’s that there will be enough turkey leftover to feed a small army. Sure, you can reheat the turkey and all of the other sides for a miniature holiday feast, or, you could transform your leftovers into something a little more special.

Simple Turkey, Cranberry and Pecan Salad

Go light on the leftovers with a fresh turkey salad.


  • 2 cup cooked turkey breast, diced

  • ¼ cup pecans, chopped

  • ¼ cup celery, chopped

  • ¼ cup dried cranberries

  • ½ cup mayonnaise

  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl until fully combined.

  2. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Vegetable Turkey Soup

Turning your turkey day leftovers into soup is a classic way to make sure you have meals for the next few weeks. Sometimes, though, you’re looking to make something a little richer than turkey broth, and this pot pie soup with mashed potatoes will have you feeling like you’re right back at the holiday table. Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons butter

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2–4 celery stalks, chopped

  • 2–4 big carrots, chopped

  • 1½ cup cooked turkey, chopped or shredded

  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1½ cup milk

  • 1½ cup chicken stock

  • 1 cup mashed potatoes

  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

  • ½ cup frozen peas

  • Salt, pepper, and garlic powder


  1. Melt the butter in a pot over medium heat. Add in the garlic, celery, and carrots, and cook until softened and browned. Add in the turkey.

  2. Mix together the flour and ⅓ cup of water, and then add the mixture to the pot, along with the milk, chicken stock, flour mixture, mashed potatoes, and herbs.

  3. Continue to cook, stirring constantly, until thickened. Add in the frozen peas, and cook until they are completely thawed. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.

Make a Pizza From Holiday Leftovers!

This pizza is truly a Thanksgiving lover’s dream. Layers of turkey, mashed potatoes, cheese, gravy, and more meld together for the ultimate leftovers recipe—and the only way your family will want their leftovers from now on.


  • Pizza dough, thawed at room temperature

  • 2 cups mashed potatoes

  • 2 cups stuffing

  • 2 cups chopped turkey

  • 1 cup corn

  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

  • 1 cup gravy

  • Basil, parsley, or thyme for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F, and split the dough and ingredients in half to make two pizzas.

  2. Roll out or hand shape the pizza dough until it’s about ¼-inch thick, and place on a greased baking sheet or pizza pan.

  3. Spread the mashed potatoes over the bottom, and add on stuffing, turkey, corn, and shredded cheeses.

  4. Drizzle on the gravy, and bake for 18–20 minutes. Garnish with basil, parsley, or thyme.

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By: americanlifestylemag.com

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