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Easy Leftover Turkey Strudel, using store bought frozen puff pastry.

Easy Leftover Turkey Strudel, using store bought frozen puff pastry. What could be easier after Thanksgiving or Christmas, than this delicious pastry wrapped leftover turkey, served with leftover gravy too.

Quick & Easy Leftover Turkey Strudel square cropped photo for featured image

Easy Leftover Turkey Strudel, using store bought frozen puff pastry.

The lead up to Thanksgiving or the Holidays can be exhausting. All the cooking and baking that goes on during these celebration weeks can be enough to dissuade anyone from cooking for the rest of the week!

And then there’s all those leftovers. Without a solid plan and some great leftover recipe ideas, they can be quite daunting too. 

While I love a great club sandwich or even a humble turkey on white bread with mayo, there’s much more to leftover turkey than that.

Over the years, we have tried to use those leftovers in many ways from Turkey Stroganoff to an indulgent Turkey Poutine! There’s no lack of imagination around here when it comes to creating a completely different meal with those leftovers.

Leftover Turkey Poutine with Newfoundland Savoury Dressing

Leftover Turkey Poutine with Newfoundland Savoury Dressing.

A leftover turkey idea, more than an actual recipe.

In reality. this is more of a leftover idea than a proper recipe. I think though that  it will shortly become one of your go-to meals after a celebration turkey dinner.

Of course it will work just as well with leftover chicken, or buy a supermarket rotisserie chicken just to make this recipe idea.


Puff pastry frozen sheets often come rolled in parchment paper for easy transfer to a baking sheet. and easy clean up.

If you read this blog regularly, you will see that frozen puff pastry is a versatile ingredient that I use often. As long as it is an all butter version, I use it for many recipes both sweet and savoury.

My shortcut recipe for Shortcut Puff Pastry is also fantastic to use in this recipe idea, if you have the time or inclination to use it.

15 Minute Shortcut Puff Pastry

15 Minute Shortcut Puff Pastry

While I sometimes make individual turkey turnovers with this recipe. I find it even easier to make it as one longer strudel type pastry, which can then be quickly cut in slices and served.

At our house, there is always a rush for one of the end pieces with more pastry than a middle slice. I mostly win that battle myself, so get to the table early to get your prime pastry cut.

Put what you like in your turkey strudel.

This recipe idea can be as simple as you like using only cranberry sauce and turkey, you can add leftover stuffing, veggies, or anything you served with the original meal.

Quick & Easy Leftover Turkey Strudel

Quick & Easy Leftover Turkey Strudel

I always add cranberry sauce because it keeps the turkey moist, but a little leftover gravy can serve the same purpose. Be sure to make plenty of gravy with your original turkey dinner, you will definitely want plenty leftover to pour over this tasty turkey strudel when serving.

Need more delicious ideas for leftover turkey?

Be sure to check out our entire collection of leftover turkey recipes, all of which are just as good for leftover chicken as well.

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Yield: 4 servings

Easy Leftover Turkey Strudel, using store bought frozen puff pastry.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Easy Leftover Turkey Strudel, using store bought frozen puff pastry. What could be easier after Thanksgiving or Christmas, than this delicious pastry wrapped leftover turkey, served with leftover gravy too.


  • 1/2  pound frozen puff pastry, thawed. (See note below)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp water 
  • leftover gravy

Leftovers to add for the filling

  • sliced turkey
  • cranberry sauce
  • dressing or stuffing
  • any other veggies of your choice


  1. On a piece of parchment paper, roll the pastry sheet out to about 12x 12 inches.
  2. Lay the parchment on a cookie sheet and chill in the fridge for a few minutes while you assemble the ingredients for the filling
  3. Place the sliced turkey in the center 6 inches of the pastry, leaving about 1 inch at both ends.
  4. Place whatever other leftovers you are using on top of the turkey, being careful not to overfill or the pastry won't be large enough to go around the filling.
  5. Bring both sides of the pastry up over the filling to meet in the middle.
  6. Pinch the seams together well and fold over a half inch to seal. Do the same for the two ends of the pastry as well.
  7. Using the parchment paper to help, gently roll the prepared strudel onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet so that the seam is on the bottom.

To bake the strudel

  1. Chill the strudel well for about 20 minutes in the fridge. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Brush the surface of the pastry with an egg wash made by whisking together the egg and water. (You will not need to use all the egg wash.)
  3. Just before you put the strudel into the oven, cut diagonal lines in the top of the pastry or several short slits along the length of the pastry. This is to let steam escape so that the pastry does not burst open in the oven.
  4. Pop the strudel into the hot oven and bake for 15 minutes.
  5. Reduce the heat to 375 degrees F and continue to bake for an additional 5-10 minutes or so or until the pastry is a nice golden brown. 
  6. Let this pastry cool for about 15 minutes before slicing and serving with plenty of leftover gravy.


The frozen puff pastry that I buy comes in 1 pound packages with 2 pastry sheets in each box. This recipe uses only 1 of those sheets. Keep the other one frozen for later if you don't need to make a second strudel, depending on the number of people being served.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 579Total Fat 26gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 20gCholesterol 95mgSodium 590mgCarbohydrates 44gFiber 1gSugar 12gProtein 39g

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

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Monday 28th of December 2020

can you use phyllo pastry too for this recipe?


Monday 30th of November 2020

Made the Turkey Strudel. love it came out great and yummy to eat thanks for all you do love your recipes

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