Best Leftover Turkey Recipe

This is seriously the best leftover turkey recipe we make each year!  I always have a ton of leftover turkey, and ham, and usually half of it gets thrown out because we have had enough turkey sandwiches and soup using it. I fiddled around with different ways to use leftover turkey and ham over the years and finally came up with an easy recipe using what I had that not only my husband and I liked but the kids Loved it too….now that is a feat unto itself! 😉 (republished 10/16)

Best leftover turkey recipeThis year I came up with this yummy (and super easy) way to use your leftover turkey to make little “pockets” that everyone enjoyed! So…if you are looking for the best leftover turkey recipe that is simple you have come to the right place!

BEST leftover turkey recipe

We always have leftovers and I just hate throwing food away so I thought that beyond turkey sandwiches there had to be some other simple ways to use this delicious meat. Here is the printable recipe for you.

Best leftover turkey recipe

Best Leftover Turkey Recipe
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  • Leftover turkey, cut into small pieces
  • About 1/2 c. mayonnaise
  • About 1-1.5 c. swiss or mozzarella cheese, cubed
  • Crescent rolls (1 pkg. makes 8 which was enough for the 5 of us)
  • Dill (pinch of each)
  • salt
  • pepper
  • thyme
  • optional * dried cranberries or walnuts


  1. Spray non stick cooking spray into muffin tin. Push large side of crescent triangle into bottom of each muffin tin. Mix all ingredients together and spoon into each muffin tin hole. Fold small piece of crescent triangle over top of turkey mixture. Bake as directed on crescent roll container, until lightly browned on top.

easy leftover turkey recipe

All you do is cube the turkey and cheese, add the rest of the ingredients and stir in a bowl. Then lay each crescent roll with the larger part of the triangle inside the muffin tin and the smaller end hanging out. Scoop the mixture inside the muffin cup, and fold the smaller end over the top and tuck it underneath a bit. Bake as directed on the crescent roll container, take out when they are golden brown on the top, and waaallaahhhhh…..they were great!

I also have 20 recipes for using leftover ham as well, and many of them you can substitute turkey for ham for more ideas!

easy leftover ham recipes

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6 Responses to Best Leftover Turkey Recipe

  1. I didn’t have crescent rolls i just used the biscuits in the cupcake pan and then stacked it up with the good stuff on top. I also put a little bit of seasoned bread crumbs in and baked it. Oh my gosh they were to die for. One of my husbands new favorites

  2. What a fantastic idea! I’ll have to add this to my ever growing list of muffin tin recipes to try!

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