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Top 10 ways to use leftover holiday turkey

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PRNewswire - Gobble up the goodness on Thanksgiving and beyond by making use of the entire holiday turkey with National Turkey Federation’s (NTF) “Top 10 Ways to Use Leftover Turkey.”

“The turkey sandwich might be the perennial favorite, but visitors to NTF’s Web site are finding exciting new ways to enjoy their leftover turkey,” said Sherrie Rosenblatt, NTF’s vice president of marketing and communications. “Whole turkey offers an endless supply of entree, appetizer, soup and salad choices.”

Leftover turkey should be carved from the bone and stored in shallow containers and refrigerated or frozen within two hours of cooking. Use the refrigerated turkey in a sandwich or on top of a salad within three to four days, or freeze the leftovers to use in soups and stews for up to three months, which will last through the winter months.

Based on consumer visits to NTF’s Web site recipe database, the top 10 ways to use leftover turkey are:

10. Thai Grilled Pizza

9. Turkey Monte Cristo

8. Cheesy Turkey Enchiladas

7. Turkey Cranberry Croissant

6. Turkey Reuben Sandwich

5. Turkey Pot Pie

4. Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

3. Creamy Creole Turkey Bake

2. Using it All Turkey Soup

And, the number one favorite leftover recipe is the flavorful Turkey, Mandarin and Poppy Seed Salad, which is low in fat and cholesterol - the perfect formula for balancing healthy fare with good value.

Mandarin and Poppy Seed Salad


1/4 Cup orange juice

1-1/2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar

1-1/2 Teaspoons poppy seeds

1-1/2 Teaspoons olive oil

1 Teaspoon Dijon-style mustard

5 Cups red leaf lettuce, washed, dried, chilled. torn

2 Cups baby spinach leaves, washed, dried, chilled, torn

1/2 Pound COOKED TURKEY BREAST, cut into 1/2-inch julienne

1 Can (10-1/2 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained

1 Teaspoon orange zest


1. Dressing: In small bowl combine orange juice, vinegar, poppy seeds, oil, mustard and 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper. Set aside.

2. Salad: In large bowl toss together lettuce, spinach, turkey and oranges. Pour dressing over turkey mixture.

3. Garnish with orange zest and serve immediately.

To view all top 10 leftover recipe ideas visit or for more than 1,000 consumer recipes.

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SOURCE: National Turkey Federation

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