Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Use up Turkey Leftovers: Turkey Pile-On

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I absolutely LOVE Thanksgiving dinner. Like LOOOOOVVVVEEEE everything about it. Turkey, Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Stuffing, Cranberry Sauce… all of the classics! But you want to know my favorite part?


I just love that cold Turkey Sandwich the day after Thanksgiving. So typically when I make a turkey, I get one that is WAY too big for how many people I need to serve. Why? Because if I’m going to go through the hassle of ย making a Turkey, you BETTER BELIEVE I’m gonna have some leftovers to show for it! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Plus, after I’ve had my Turkey Sandwich, it’s nice to have additional turkey to do awesome stuff with like this epic Turkey Pile-On!

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What is Turkey Pile-On, you ask? It’s basically this delicious creamy turkey sauce with peppers, onions, and mushrooms that you serve over steamed rice and loaded with all kinds of glorious toppings (Cheese, Pineapple, Coconut, Tomato, Scallions, Celery, Almonds, Chow Mein Noodles… etc).

My family has been making this for YEARS and has served it up to big crowds along the way! It’s ALWAYS a hit. I decided to adapt the ol’ family recipe to lighten it up a bit & simplify it. It turned out DELICOUS! I don’t even miss the heavy cream and extra butter! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Ya’ll HAVE to try this. It’s an excellent (and out of the norm) recipe to get those turkey left overs to stretch a little further! And can’t I just say that it’s SO tasty! Bookmark this for Friday!

I hope you and your families have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Oh, in case you missed it, check out my Thanksgiving Recipe Round-Up!

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Turkey Pile-On

Yield: 6-8 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 25-30 mintues

Total Time: 45-55 minutes

A unique way to use up leftover turkey from Thanksgiving and make it stretch a little bit further...


For the Turkey Pile-On:
4 tablespoons salted butter
1 cup diced onion (about 1/2 of a medium onion)
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1/4 cup diced green pepper
1/4 cup flour
2 cups low sodium chicken broth
1 cup half and half
3 cups diced leftover turkey
2 tablespoons diced pimentos
2 tablespoons cooking sherry
1/2 lemon juiced
3/4-1 teaspoon salt
1/4-1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1/2 teaspoon paprika, optional

Ideas for Serving:
Steamed Rice
Cheddar Cheese
Pineapple Tidbits
Chinese Chow Mein Noodles
Shredded Coconut
Sliced Scallions
Diced Celery
Diced Tomatoes
Sunflower Seeds


Heat a 2 quart saucepan up over medium high heat. Melt the butter then add the onions, mushrooms, and green peppers and saute until softened (3-4 minutes). Dust the flour over top of the softened vegetables and stir until incorporated (45-60 seconds). Next, add the chicken broth and half and half and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until thickened (6-8 minutes).

Add the diced turkey and stir until heated through (6-8 minutes). Lastly, add the pimento, cooking sherry, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and paprika. Stir until well combined and taste to make sure additional seasonings aren't needed (I started with 3/4 teaspoons of the salt and 1/4 teaspoon of the pepper and then additional to taste).

Serve over steamed rice with toppings of choice.

Adapted from a Carlen Family Recipe

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8 Responses to “Use up Turkey Leftovers: Turkey Pile-On”

  1. 1

    Sues — November 27, 2013 @ 4:45 pm

    I love turkey and leftovers, too, and this looks AMAZING!

  2. 2

    Natalie — November 28, 2013 @ 12:25 pm

    Great idea Tina, looks fantastic!

  3. 3

    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — December 1, 2013 @ 12:02 am

    This looks yummy! A great way to use up leftovers!

  4. 4

    Katie — December 3, 2013 @ 9:20 am

    mmm I’ve never heard of this. What a genius way to use up leftovers!

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    Nikki @Seeded at the Table — December 4, 2013 @ 9:58 pm

    Cool idea! This is just like the Hawaiian Haystacks (or Chinese Sundaes) we’ve been enjoying for years with chicken. Never thought to use leftover turkey!! DUH!!!

    And, I’m totally on baby watch…. are you ready???? ๐Ÿ™‚ YAY!

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    Ruth — November 10, 2017 @ 8:20 pm

    This has been a family meal for us for the last 20 years after Thanksgiving are variation on it is the we just use the leftover gravy from Thanksgiving and just add the turkey to it without all of the extras that this recipe has when I make this and it’s not Thanksgiving we go and buy rotisserie chickens from Sam’s

    • Ruth replied: — November 10th, 2017 @ 8:22 pm

      Somehow I got cut off to finish it we buy the rotisserie chickens from Sam’s and use Pioneer turkey gravy mix so it tastes just like turkey and you can make this very fast

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    Ruth — November 10, 2017 @ 8:26 pm

    one last comment we always use the very sweet and shredded coconut and toast it till it turns of nice good color of brown be careful you can really overcook it quite easily but we just put it under the broiler we also do the same thing with the almonds the toasted almonds and toasted coconuts are absolutely the best part of it

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