43 Tasty Leftover Smoked Turkey Recipes plus useful storage tips

This collection of leftover smoked turkey recipes is perfect for using up that delicious Thanksgiving turkey. Choose a dish for breakfast or dinner. There are lots of great ideas to try. Don’t let all the hard work of creating a wonderful holiday meal go to waste! Check out these amazing storage tips and then turn your leftovers into a new family favorite.

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Leftover Smoked Turkey Recipes

Thanksgiving is a wonderful meal. Your table is filled with tender turkey, amazing side dishes, and you can’t forget the cranberry sauce. But what do you do when you have turkey leftovers?

This collection of delicious ways to use up leftover meat is a great way to give your Thanksgiving dinner a new life.

When you work so hard to create a holiday dinner that your whole family can enjoy, you want to relax the next day. Try one of these creative ways to take all the effort from your meal prep and use it for dinner the next night.

If you are still in research mode, check out this recipe for smoked turkey.

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Leftover Turkey FAQ

How to reheat a smoked turkey

The trick to creating a juicy reheated turkey is to add water to the bottom of the roasting pan and let it cook slowly. Check out this blogger’s step by step-by-step instructions.

Can you freeze cooked turkey?

Yes! Freezing leftover turkey is a great way to make your meal last longer. Here are some tips for the best way to freeze your extra meat.

  • Remove the meat from the bones. (you can use them separately for soups later)
  • Wrap the turkey in freezer paper, or foil, before storing in freezer bags.
  • Make sure to push all the air out of the bags before freezing.

How long does leftover turkey last?

  • You can refrigerate, in an airtight container, for 3-4 days.
  • It will stay tasty in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Other recipe ideas you may enjoy!

Each of these turkey leftovers ideas will tell you:

  • Type of recipe
  • Number of ingredients
  • How much turkey you will need.
  • The complexity of ingredients (aka, whether or not you might need to hit the grocery store first)
  • How long it takes to prepare (including cook time)
  • Special diet (Keto, Gluten-free, etc)
  • Equipment needed. (Instant Pot, Slow Cooker, etc.)

What to make with leftover smoked turkey

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Ingredients that work well with day-old Thanksgiving turkey

These ingredients will pop up in a lot of the recipes below. So if you have them on hand, you will be able to find more ideas to make.

  • sweet potatoes
  • green beans
  • green chiles
  • fresh herbs, like fresh cilantro
  • sour cream
  • cream cheese
  • hot sauce
  • white beans or black beans
  • wild rice
  • chicken broth
  • bay leaves
  • chili powder

Recipes Using Cooked Smoked Turkey

Our goal is to help you find dishes with the ingredients you already have at home.

Each of these smoked turkey recipes will give you some important info so that you can pick the best idea for your family.

Check out the blogger that published each dish to use their tips and get the full recipe.

Note: pantry ingredients include dry ingredient pantry staples like olive oil, all-purpose flour, brown sugar, corn starch, salt, black pepper, spices, etc.

Please check the recipe to make sure that you have the ingredients needed to create the dish. If you are making gluten-free recipes, it may include things like almond flour and other common gluten-free pantry items

Which easy recipe are you looking forward to trying first?

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