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Leftover Turkey Recipe Everyone Will Love

This is the best leftover turkey recipe everyone will love! Super easy and flavorful turkey dumplings that even your kids will love! Great for Thanksgiving leftovers.

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This is seriously the best leftover turkey recipe everyone will love. We make each year! Not only did my picky husband give it a thumbs up, but the kids loved it too! 😉 (originally published 11/13, affiliate links present)

I always have a ton of leftover turkey, and ham. Hating to throw any of it away, I fiddled around with different ideas over the years and finally came up with an easy cooked turkey recipe.

  • This year I came up with this yummy leftover turkey recipe! They kinda’ look like little turnovers or pockets that everyone enjoyed!

If you too have leftover Thanksgiving turkey I know you’re wondering:

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How long is leftover turkey good for in the fridge

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3-4 days is typical. Yes you can make sandwiches, and more sandwiches but that is BORING!! Once is about my limit I tell you.

It is time to get way more creative than that. This leftover turkey recipe everyone will love!

How long can you eat leftover turkey from Thanksgiving?

  • 3 to 4 days
  • The USDA recommends that you throw everything out after this time, but realistically you’ve got about twice that long.

Can you freeze turkey after 3 days

  • In general the refrigerator will slow the growth enough that cooked meat can be kept safely for up to 5 days.

In the freezer your cooked meat can be stored for 2-3 months. If you want to freeze food you should really do it as soon as possible after cooking to maximize the amount of time it will keep in the freezer well.

Ready for the best leftover turkey recipe now? You have come to the right place!

best leftover turkey recipe

We always have leftovers and I just hate throwing food away.

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 and what you’ll need to make these fun leftover turkey dumplings we call them.

Best leftover turkey recipe

  1. Refrigerated crescent rolls
  2. Leftover turkey 
  3. Mayonnaise
  4. Cheese – we like Swiss or mozzarella

Use any and all seasoning you usually throw into everything – we like dill, salt, and pepper

Leftover Turkey Recipe Everyone Will Love


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!

Ours takes about 10 minutes per batch. I have a muffin pan that holds 12 so I usually make that many. Crescents come in 8 so if I want more I’ll throw the other 4 in after I scoop these out.

leftover turkey recipe

Once you try the best leftover turkey recipe you see here, I have a few other ways of using your leftover turkey or ham this year too!

We are all about soup during the Fall and Winter months.

This is what these leftover turkey dumplings look like when they’re golden brown and ready to be eaten!!

  • Prepped and baked in about 20 minutes, it’s a great post Thanksgiving dinner to try. Let us know what y’all think, we’d love to hear your families reactions.
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Can leftover turkey be frozen?

  • Yes!
  • Roasted turkey freezes very well but you should remove the meat from the bones first. Then freeze each one separately. Turkey can be frozen for up to three months in airtight containers or freezer bags.

What should you serve with these turkey dumplings?

  • I love to use up all my other items in the fridge like the little bit of green beans that didn’t get finished etc.
  • A side of veggies is always a plus.
  • Side salads are easy to throw together too.

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

easy leftover ham recipes

Here is a video of how we make this family friendly recipe.

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Best Leftover Turkey Recipe

This is the best leftover turkey recipe you will ever make! Super easy and everyone will love these turkey dumplings, even your kids! Great with ham too.
Course Entree, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword dumplings, leftover, lunch, snack, turkey
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 261kcal
Author The Typical Mom


  • 2 c Leftover turkey cooked, cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 c mayonnaise or more if you want more moist
  • 1 c swiss or mozzarella cheese, shredded, or more
  • 1 pkg Crescent rolls 8 which was enough for the 5 of us
  • 1 tsp dill pinch of each
  • salt
  • pepper
  • thyme
  • optional * dried cranberries or walnuts


  • Spray non stick cooking spray into muffin tin. 
  • Push large side of crescent triangle into bottom of each muffin tin. 
  • Mix leftover turkey and all other 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, or until lightly browned on top.


Nutrition Facts
Best Leftover Turkey Recipe
Amount Per Serving (4 oz)
Calories 261 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 44mg15%
Sodium 356mg15%
Potassium 100mg3%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 300IU6%
Vitamin C 1.3mg2%
Calcium 7mg1%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Angela Kozlowski

Sunday 14th of April 2024

I have those refrigerator biscuits… any ideas how I can use those instead of crescent rolls? Thank you -

The Typical Mom

Sunday 14th of April 2024

You would need to flatten, best if rolled in between two pieces of parchment paper to flat. Spray tin, push inside, fill, pinch together on top, bake until golden brown

Terri Parker

Friday 8th of March 2024

Love Love Love this recipe! I make them all the time. I use Rotisserie chicken and they are so good. Always make extra and freeze them for a night I don't have time to cook. Thank you so much for this recipe.


Friday 24th of November 2023

Just made these, not really expecting the two men in the house to like them. I was wrong. I don't usually make any changes until I have tried the original recipe, but as I had low expectations, I added some canned chopped green chilies. They were a big hit. We all loved them. Thank you for sharing

The Typical Mom

Saturday 25th of November 2023

Yeah for great surprises, we love them too


Wednesday 25th of October 2023

Delicious! Perfect for leftovers. I was wondering about the dill and mayo but they were great! Approved by kids too. Thank you!

The Typical Mom

Wednesday 25th of October 2023

glad it was a hit!


Tuesday 27th of December 2022

Loved the idea of this recipe! But the Mayo was a no go. So I decided to mix up turkey with stuffing, dried cranberries and then gravy. The gravy did the trick. It was Christmas dinner in a crescent roll. Thank you great twist on the basics!

The Typical Mom

Wednesday 28th of December 2022

Oh good twist too!

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