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Turkey Tips and Leftover Recipes

If you’re wondering what in the world to do with all of those turkey and ham leftovers from your holiday celebrations, don’t worry! We’ve got you covered with 7 delicious leftover turkey and ham recipe options!

It’s hard to believe Thanksgiving is almost here! Have you started planning your meal yet? Whether you are hosting or attending as a guest and bringing a dish, you’ll want to save this post! We’ve got tons of useful information in it for you; everything from food safety and turkey preparation tips, to ideas for Thanksgiving desserts and what to do with all of those ham and turkey leftovers!

Turkey is a delicious, and nutritious, meat that can be enjoyed any time of the year. In order to get this Thanksgiving tradition to your table, turkey farmers like Jennifer from Plowing Through Life (read her story here!) work hard every day to ensure that their birds are healthy and well cared for. They make sure that their turkeys live in a clean environment with constant access to fresh water, and are fed a balanced diet of corn and soybean meal mixed with a supplement of vitamins and minerals. Turkeys mature very quickly (usually between 14 and 18 weeks, depending on the sex of the bird), so they require a highly-concentrated source of protein, and soybean meal fits that bill perfectly. Corn, soybean, turkey, and other types of farmers across the state all work together to provide your family with the delicious food on your Thanksgiving table! Now that’s something to be thankful for!  

If you’re the one cooking the turkey, don’t be intimidated! It may seem difficult to know how big of a bird to buy, how to thaw it, and how to make sure it is completely cooked while remaining nice and juicy. Luckily, Marybeth at My Fearless Kitchen answers many of your questions in her blog post, Top 10 Turkey Tips. Your Indiana Turkey Farmers also have lots of wonderful tips, including the best ways to thaw your turkey, here! And, to help make sure you handle all of the food in your Thanksgiving feast safely (nobody wants food poisoning on Thanksgiving!), this post has some great tips about how long to keep leftovers, as well as other food safety guidelines.


It never fails. Much to everyone’s delight, you’ve spent hours preparing a flavorful and juicy turkey or ham for your guests. Everyone ate their fill, you parceled out portions for folks to take home, but you’ve still got more leftovers than you know what to do with. And, as you read in the post from My Fearless Kitchen, you don’t want to keep those leftovers in your fridge for too long. That’s why we’ve gathered some great leftover turkey and ham recipes for you! These recipes will have your family cleaning up those leftovers, and wanting more!

Cheesy Ham Hash Brown Casserole from Chasing Saturdays

Crock Pot Broccoli and Turkey with Cheddar Cheese Sauce from Plowing Through Life

Instant Pot Ham and Beans from The Backroad Life

Instant Pot Ham and Beans from Beyer Beware

Mom's Cheesy Ham and Potato Casserole from These Old Cookbooks

Turkey Chef Salad from The Farmwife Feeds

Turkey Tetrazzini from The Farmwife Cooks

Now that the meal is done, it’s time for dessert! Jennifer at The Backroad Life spent some time gathering 9 awesome dessert recipes that are perfect for any holiday celebration!

And with that, we wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving!

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