Top 10 Ways To Use Leftover Turkey

Do you have leftover turkey from Christmas? I do, and so many friends often ask me, “What should I do with my turkey leftovers?” I thought I would share a list of some of my favorite ways to use leftover turkey.

1.Turkey Roll-Ups-One of my kids all-time favorite lunch sandwich

2. Turkey Enchiladas-15 minutes to prepare see Turkey Enchiladas

3. Turkey Tetrazzini-True comfort food

4. Turkey Salad-Just add celery, low-fat mayonnaise, pepper and even toasted walnuts

5. Turkey Soup or Turkey Chili-Homemade turkey noodle or turkey wild rice soup or even turkey chili

6. Turkey Lasagna-Use turkey instead of beef but add fresh veggies, mushrooms and even sausage

7. Turkey Pasta-Combine cooked penne pasta, tomatoes, sliced turkey basil and balsamic dressing

8. Turkey Hash-Combine potatoes, onions, carrots, turkey to make a great brunch combination

9. Turkey Pita Sandwiches-Combine turkey, hummus and alfalfa sprouts for a light, fresh lunch.

10. Turkey Tacos or Fajitas-My kids love Mexican and don’t miss the beef when I make these. My favorite turkey brand is Shady Brook Farms and Honeysuckle White

Turkey Meatloaf with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Basil



Whether you are a huge fan of meatloaf or not, I wanted to introduce you to one of my favorite meatloaf recipes that I developed using ground turkey. Ground beef or pork may be substituted for the turkey, but the ground turkey works well with the fresh combination of basil, garlic and sun-dried tomatoes. Anyone can put this recipe together with ease, and yes, it can be made up ahead of time and baked later in the day or even prepared up to one day in advance and warmed up just in time for dinner. Serve with a big salad and your favorite vegetable or potato side dish for a delicious comforting meal.


Turkey Meatloaf with Sun-Dried Tomatoes 

Prep: 15 minutes

Cook: 1 hour

Yield: 4 to 6 servings


1 pound ground turkey

3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs (use can use plain breacrumbs if you like)

3/4 cup chopped fresh basil

2/3 cup tomato sauce

1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped

1/4 cup chopped onion (optional)

2 egg whites

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

1/3 cup ketchup


1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 9-x 5-inch pan with aluminum foil. Combine ground turkey and next 8 ingredients in a large bowl, mixing well. Shape into a loafpan. Bake 50 minutes. Spread 1/3 ketchup evenly over the top and bake 10 minutes more.