What to do with that leftover Thanksgiving Turkey!

I like to do what I call rubber turkey. I’m assuming you are going to have so much turkey your eyeballs spin. So this is what I do.

Divide the turkey into two sections.


Day 1 Make a 15 bean soup (you can buy it in the bean isle, follow package directions). When it’s done you add in chopped up turkey. Now you have 15 bean and turkey soup.

Day 2 of the 15 bean soup (assuming there is leftovers) add spaghetti sauce to it. Cook noodles but DO NOT ADD THEM. Heat a can of Veg*All or mixed veggies. Mix the noodles and veggies together. When you go to serve the soup, put a scoop of soup, a scoop of noodles and veggies into a bowl. Stir together. Now you have minestrone soup.

Day 3 of 15 bean soup (assuming there are leftovers). Add a can of chili beans and some chili powder. You may want to season this a little more. Bake some cornbread. Now you have 15 bean chili w/ turkey and cornbread.

Day 4 of 15 bean soup (assuming there are leftovers). Serve over cooked noodles, cover with cheese of your choice. It’s actually quite good. Now you have a chili-mac type dish. We call it Mac-a-noodles.

Day 5 of 15 bean soup (we rarely get this far). There usually isn’t much left. Sometimes it’s about 2 cups left. Take a block of cream cheese. Dump chili on top. Nuke in the microwave until the cream cheese and chili is blended and smooth. You have the best d*mned bean dip you’ll ever taste! Serve with corn chips.

Second half of the turkey (remember you separated into 2 sections).

Half it again. One half will make this casserole.

Boil 2 cups of rice.

Mix with a can of cream of something (your choice) soup.

Put half the rice/ cream of something soup mix in a 9X13 pan.
Layer turkey, sliced cheese and mixed veggies. (any order, it doesn’t really matter).
Layer with rice.
Layer with cheese.
Layer with some of your leftover stuffing (or make a box of Stove Top to layer it with.)

Heat for about 10-20 minutes. This is Leslie’s Casserole. (That’s what we call it)

The rest of the turkey

The last of your turkey will be for sandwiches, hot turkey and cheese melts (toasted, grilled/ wraps or sandwich style/ closed or open sandwich)or using with other recipes that are offered for the question.


If you try this, leave a comment and let me know what you think!

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Posted in Dotchi's Dishes, Poultry
2 comments on “What to do with that leftover Thanksgiving Turkey!
  1. Java says:

    Turkey is in the oven now. Will be trying these out for sure in the next few days.

  2. SWEET! I hope you like them 🙂 I was thinking of making a rubber chicken. It's like this post with the turkey only you use chicken. I am really craving a burrito! LOL Leftover chicken burritos mmmmmmm!

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