Five New Turkey Leftover Recipes

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By The Paula Deen Test Kitchen

Picture it: The day after Thanksgiving. All of your friends and family are headed back home, and you’re slowly coming out of your turkey coma. You open the door to your refrigerator for some tasty leftovers, but suddenly the piles and piles of turkey overwhelm you!

What are you going to do?

Don’t waste all of your leftovers on just plain old turkey sandwiches. No way! Paula’s test kitchen has five never-before-seen recipes that will jazz up all that next-day turkey. This season we encourage you to be bold with your flavors, and take a stand on reinventing your holiday leftovers.

So grab your leftover turkey, and head to your pantry. You won’t believe the flavors we’ve come up with!

Five New Turkey Leftover Recipes
Turkey Minestrone
Curried Turkey Salad
Turkey and Black Bean Ziti
Turkey Cranberry Monte Cristo
Turkey Hash

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On a recent show Paula went to the nut store to buy prelines and she went around and sampled the nuts then showed the sign that said NO SAMPLING and she continued to do so. This is a form of stealing and if everyone went into a store and took samples the store would go broke. I love Paula and this didn’t seem right to show she doesn’t have to follow the rules. I know she does good for the store so they don’t mind but it didn’t set a very good example for the public.

By Jamie on November 27, 2010

I made Paula’s chicken pot pie recipe only with leftover turkey, vegetables and gravy. Forgot to buy puff pastry, so I put a layer of cornbread oyster dressing (stuffing) on top of the vegetable/turkey mixture, poured gravy over that and topped it all off with leftover mashed potatoes.  Baked at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Everyone said it’s the bomb!!!!!!!!

By Joy Williamson on November 26, 2010

my left over turkey has always made Turkey Tetrazzini! I love it that I can freeze it and pop it into the oven anytime we gather together over the holidays, its great for unexpected company, hearty and filling and warming on a cold winters night!

By Colleen Powell on November 26, 2010

I’ll be making turkey and sausage gumbo with potato salad.

By Debra Thompson on November 26, 2010

I’ll be making turkey and sausage gumbo with potato salad.

By Debra Thompson on November 26, 2010

My husband just made turkey and dressing omelettes and they were tasty! smile

By Erica Drewery on November 26, 2010

Ingredients appear fine.

By Moi on November 26, 2010

Along with a great Turkey, Sausage, and Duck Gumbo it is also traditional to serve potatoe salad.  So the next time you make gumbo, try making potatoe salad using sweet potatoes. Its great!!!  And yes, you make it just like you normally would, eggs, mayo, relish and so on. You will love it and it is so much tastier!!! not to mention healthier. Bake sweet potatoes in oven, let cool, even overnight in fridge if ya wanna.  Enjoy!  Lesley

By Lesley Mullins on November 26, 2010

me encanta lo que hace paula,me gustaria que me mandara recetas de ensaladas y pie o tartas que se ve que le quedan biennnnnnnn sabrosas gracias

By cecilia on November 26, 2010

My Mom always makes a gumbo with her leftovers.  I’m gonna give it a whirl this year.  Love me some turkey sausage gumbo.

By Teresa Leonard on November 24, 2010

The ingredients for Turkey Minestrone do not appear when you pull up the recipe on this site.

By Susan Woodworth on November 16, 2010

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