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15 Leftover Turkey Recipes That Can Be Made From Your Christmas Dinner

15 Leftover Turkey Recipes That Can Be Made From Your Christmas Dinner

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Including turkey leftovers that can be frozen

While planning your Christmas Day dinner it may pay to think about your leftovers as well. Let’s be honest, we all buy a bit too much for Christmas dinner and end up having a lot leftover.

Turning your delicious Christmas dinner into stunning leftovers is a great way to save money over the Christmas period and treat your friends and family.

These yummy recipes use up all your remaining Christmas dinner leftovers and make some great family meals that can be frozen for later in the week.

Turning leftover Christmas turkey and vegetables into family favorites is a great way to transform your food. We all have our favorite Christmas recipes and hopefully, these will soon become yours too.

All leftovers should be cooked up within a couple of days for safety reasons and then frozen if needed.

Turkey can last a couple of days while ham can last up to four days. Freezing everything can mean that you have a month’s grace.

Don’t sit there and eat turkey sandwiches all week. Below we have 15 family favourite leftover dishes that can be made from your leftover Christmas dinner.

For more ideas on Christmas food then have a look at:

21 Christmas Dinner Starters That Won’t Break the Bank

A Fabulous Traditional Christmas Dinner For Under £4 a Head

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What to do with leftover turkey?

Turkey joint

Christmas dinner leftovers can cost you a lot of money if you end up throwing them away.

Here are some Christmas dinner recipe ideas to help you use up ALL of your Christmas dinner. These can all be frozen, and used for the rest of Christmas week, meaning a minimal amount of cooking and no need to buy any extras for dinners.

You won’t find the normal bubble and squeak here. These are dinners that even the kids will eat and that are mega easy to prepare, using staple ingredients found it your cupboard.

For more leftover food ideas have a look at:

27 Leftover Lamb Recipes That Are Family Friendly

9 Slow Cooker Chicken Curry Recipes That Are Budget Friendly

7 Gammon Slow Cooker Recipes That Are Budget Friendly

Saving money over Christmas

If you are struggling to save money over the Christmas period then we are here to help you. Keeping your budget on track over the Christmas period is really important.

Read more here about how we keep our Christmas to a budget.

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Meal Plan Sheets

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For more ideas on budget friendly meals for the whole family have a look at:

The Ultimate £1 Per Head Budget Meal Planning List

21 Cheap Meals for a Week for a Family

21 Budget Family Meals and a £16 Aldi Meal Plan

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You don’t always need to buy the best. Value food items also taste great at a lot less cost.

No one is going to care or know if you buy smart price potatoes or discounted wine, I mean, it all goes down the same way!

Could you buy gammon or chicken instead of turkey? Do you need a big bird, could you have a crown? Find out how many you’re cooking for and start to buy now. Items like mint sauce and ice cream won’t go off, but you’ll be hard pressed to get them at a good price come November.

Email Alerts

Using price alert sites like Love Sales are handy, as you get to add items you want, set a price you’re willing to pay and it will ping you an email when the price drops.

You do need to register first and pick a retailer, but it’s a simple way to know if your desired online purchase has dropped in price.

15 leftover turkey recipes

Turkey Stir Fry with Brown Rice_ Feed Four for 67p a Head

All these can be frozen if needed, and are quick, plus come in at under £1 a head. That’s almost two weeks of meals for the whole family using staples from your cupboards and leftovers you’ve already brought!

These can all be made from your Christmas leftovers. Use these for a boxing day feast. These are all priced and worked out for four people.

(Turkey prices are based on the turkey I had, details can be found here.)

Turkey noodle soup

This turkey noodle soup is really easy to made and is great for those cold days. You can use any of your leftover vegetables too. This is a great beginner recipe!

Read how to make this turkey noodle soup here.

1.2l chicken stock 11p

4 small carrots 16p

150g dried noodles 50p

200g cooked turkey £2

200g frozen peas 17p

1 bunch spring onions 39p

Total: £3.33 = 83p per person

Turkey egg fried rice

Really easy to make and quick to cook, this turkey egg fried rice stir fry is cheap and cheerful. Bung anything in and you have dinner for 4 for under 70p a head.

Handful turkey £1.87

2 Egg 14p

250g Rice 31p

60g Frozen peas 5p

2 tsp Soy sauce 4p

100g Frozen onion 15P

100g Frozen peppers 13p

Total: £2.69 = 67p a head for 4 people

Turkey soup

This turkey carcass soup does take 2 hours to cook, but can be left to its own devices in a pan or slow cooked over night.

Turkey carcass

250g Potatoes 31p

125g Carrots 31p

100g Frozen onion 15p

100g Cabbage 31p

400g Tin tomatoes 34p

1 tsp Worchester sauce 2p

Herbs 4p

Total: £1.48 = 37p a head for 4 people

Crispy chili turkey noodles

This crispy chili turkey noodle recipe is great if you have people over as you can bulk it out. The recipe does call for mince but we chopped up our leftover turkey really small. Dried noodles work great and you can use any spices from your cupboard.

2 tbsp oil 5p

200g turkey slices £2

1tbsp dried ginger 5p

1 large garlic clove 5p

3 tbsp honey 7p

3 tbsp soy sauce 5p

300g dried noodles £1

2 carrots 8p

4 spring onions 39p

Total: £3.74 = 94p per person

Baked turkey pesto alfredo

This baked turkey pasta is a really simple dish that my kids love! I normally do a double batch so I can have some for lunch but this is based on the four of us having it for dinner. it takes about 30 minutes in the oven but is well worth the wait.

25g Butter 14p

25g Plain flour 9p

600ml Milk 26p

350g Pasta 24p

Handful turkey £1.87

100g Cheese 95p

400g Tin tomatoes 34p

3 tbs Pesto 5p

Total: £3.94 = 98p per head for 4

Leftover turkey casserole

I love this turkey casserole recipe, it’s so easy and everything just gets chucked in.

200g Frozen onions 30p

1 Apple 32p

Herbs 5p

25g Plain flour 9p

300ml Stock 10p

2 tbsp Honey 5p

Handful of turkey £1.87

50g Whole red cabbage 15p

100g Whole roasting potatoes 15p

62g Whole carrots 15p

Total: £3.63 = 90p a head for 4 people

Red cabbage, bacon and potato hash

I amended this red cabbage, bacon and potato hash for the kids, but by putting bacon into it really sweetens it up!

50g Whole red cabbage 15p

100g Whole Roasting Potatoes 15p

62g Whole carrots 15p

5 Unsmoked streaky bacon £1.10

25g Butter 14p

Total: £1.69 = 42p for 4 people

Sausage hot pot

This sausage hot pot is easy peasy and perfect for those busy days when you’ve had no time to cook.

800g Tin tomatoes 68p

Baked beans 30p

10 Chipolata Sausages £1.90

25g Brown sugar 5p

Total: £2.93 = 73p a head

Sausage plaits

I’ve amended this sausage plait recipe as I don’t think it needs anything else. It’s huge as well so perfect for lunch boxes.

227g Pork sausage meat £1.75

320g Puff pastry £1.50

Total: £3.25 = 81p a head for 4 people

Egg and bacon muffins

These are mega easy. Just crack 4 eggs in a bowl, whisk, cut some bacon and grate some cheese. Pour into a muffin tray and bake for 10 minutes. Perfect for bite size snacks.

4 Eggs 28p

2 Breakfast bacon medallions 78p

50g Cheese 47p

Total: £1.53 = 38p a head for 4 people

Turkey korma

There’s loads of recipes out there. I like this turkey korma because the kids will actually eat it, but I amend when goes in depending on what I have in the cupboards. We made this turkey curry using Spicentice too.

Turkey £1.87

25g Natural yogurt 4p

100g Frozen onion 15p

2 Garlic cloves 2p

Herbs 5p

25g Plain flour 9p

50ml Double cream 16p

10g Caster sugar 6p

20g Ginger 10p

Total: £2.54 = 63p a head for 4 people

Sausage and maple swede traybake

This is really colourful and a “bung in the oven” jobby. I use this sausage and maple swede traybake but chuck anything in. it all works!

6 Chipolata sausages £1.08

2 tbsp maple syrup 6p

Herbs 5p

2 tbsp wine vinegar 5p

Swede 50p

Red onion 24p

3 Apples 96p

Total: £2.94 = 73p head for 4 people

Turkey meatballs

These turkey meatballs come in at 1p over, but they are so lush. They go with anything. My kids eat them by themselves!

Handful turkey £1.87

50g Frozen onion 7p

227g Pork sausage meat £1.75

Bread crumbs 20p

Egg 7p

tsp Worcestershire sauce 5p

2 tsp Flour 4p

Total: £4.05 = £1.01 per head for 4

Turkey smothered sweet potatoes

Really simple to make. My kids cover theirs in cheese like this turkey smothered sweet potato recipe but I don’t, as I think they’re sweet enough.

4x Sweet potato 44p

Handful turkey £1.87

50g Frozen onion 7p

5 tsp Tomato sauce 5p

Can of kidney Beans 30p

Total: £2.73 = 68p a person for 4

Turkey fricassee

This is a really easy to make meal that takes under fifteen minutes and tastes great. This is perfect if you want to make more for the few days too. This comes in at just over a one pound a head but it’s worth it.

50g butter 5p
190g mushrooms 41p
1 tbsp plain flour 5p
100ml white wine 80p
200ml chicken stock 22p
150ml double cream £1
500g turkey £1.87

Total: £4.40 = £1.10p per person

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