8 ways with leftover turkey

8 ways with leftover turkey

Whether you have a little or a lot, there are many things you can do with your leftover Christmas turkey.

From croquettes to curry, pizza to pies – the beauty of turkey is that you can use it in any recipe which calls for leftover chicken.

If you’ve also got a ham to get through, you can always freeze your turkey for later. Strip the meat from the carcass and divide it into meal-sized portions, wrap well and freeze. You can also freeze the carcass if you have room and use it to make stock later in the year.

Turkey and Cranberry StrudelChicken and cranberry strudel

This savoury strudel is really just a pie – and who doesn’t love a pie? This is quick and easy to whip up and you can include anything else that needs to be used up like leftover vegetables and cranberry sauce.


If you have tortillas in your cupboard then you can be eating a quesadilla in a matter of minutes. Try Jamie Oliver’s Christmas combination of turkey, cranberry sauce and brie.

Vietnamese Salad

Take a leaf out of Annabel Langbein’s book and spice up your turkey in a zingy Vietnamese salad.

Turkey Croquettes

Chicken croquettes

While the recipe calls for chicken, you can easily substitute turkey to make turkey croquettes. These make the perfect appetizer.

Satay Turkey

If you’ve got any leftover nuts, put them to good use in this turkey satay dish. It’s quick to whip up and can be eaten hot or cold.

Turkey SamosasSamosa

If you want to spend less time in the kitchen and more time at the beach, make these turkey samosas to take with you. These portable pockets are perfect for picnics.

Mexican Roll-UpsMexican Chicken Roll Ups

If your kids don’t like turkey, you can hide it in these Mexican roll-ups and they’ll be none the wiser.

Put it on a pizza

Turkey pizza

Everything tastes better on a pizza. Enough said.

If you still have turkey left over after tackling these recipes, freeze it.