Turkey Crescent Bites {great for turkey leftovers}

November 10, 2013
Whip up a simple turkey filling baked between layers of crescent dough, and you've got super tasty Turkey Crescent Bites.  It's a perfectly scrumptious recipe for enjoying those turkey leftovers.

Turkey Crescent Bites image ~ Whip up a simple turkey filling baked between layers of crescent dough, and you've got super tasty Turkey Crescent Bites.  It's a perfectly scrumptious recipe for enjoying those turkey leftovers.

It's almost Turkey Day!  And if I'm being 100% honest, I have to admit that the actual turkey itself is my least favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner.  I'm way more interested in all the creamy sides, extra-delicious breads, and sugary desserts.

But give me that leftover turkey the next day, with some good old white bread in a sandwich, and I'm in turkey bliss.

Now ... mix that leftover turkey with some other goodies, slap it between two layers of crescent roll dough, bake it up, and cut it into little bites?  Oh, now I'm in turkey heaven.

And that's just what happens in this recipe.  Such a great way to enjoy leftover, or even not leftover, turkey.

All you do to make these tasty little Turkey Crescent Bites is whip up a simple filling of chopped turkey combined with sauteed celery and onion, spices, cream cheese, and dried cranberries.  Then sandwich the filling between sheets of crescent dough, bake it, and use a pizza cutter to cut the mixture into bite-sized pieces.  And there you've got little turkey crescent bites!  Little delicious turkey crescent bites.

Turkey Crescent Bites photo - great for turkey leftovers

I came across the inspiration for this recipe in Southern Lady magazine.  They had a recipe for Turkey Crescent Cups ... fitting crescent dough into muffin cups and filling the cups with a turkey-cream cheese mixture.

Well, I decided fitting the muffin cups was too much work.  And also decided I wanted to change the filling up a bit.

So modeling my approach after my reader-favorite 3-Ingredient Sausage Crescent Bites ...

... and simply spreading the filling mixture between sheets of crescent dough and then cutting the finished product into squares with a pizza cutter, this simpler version was born.

Creamy.  Yummy.  Flavorful.  With just a little hint of sweetness from the touch of dried cranberries.  Perfect for a post-Thanksgiving breakfast, lunch, brunch, or snack ... or as anytime party fare.  Or heck, even as a holiday appetizer.  Pretty versatile, don't you think?

So when you've got some leftover turkey from your Turkey Day dinner, consider whipping yourself up a delicious platter of turkey heaven on a crescent roll.  It's a fun and tasty way to enjoy turkey leftovers.

Check out these other tasty recipes for enjoying that leftover turkey:
Turkey Crescent Bites image - great for turkey leftovers
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Yield: about 20 bites

Turkey Crescent Bites

Whip up a simple turkey filling baked between layers of crescent dough, and you've got super tasty Turkey Crescent Bites. It's a perfectly scrumptious recipe for enjoying those turkey leftovers.
prep time: 10 Mcook time: 20 Mtotal time: 30 M


  • 2 tubes crescent rolls
  • 1 c. chopped celery (about 2 stalks)
  • 1/2 c. chopped onion (about 1 small onion)
  • 2 T. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 1/2 c. chopped cooked turkey
  • 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. ground sage
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 c. chopped dried cranberries


How to cook Turkey Crescent Bites

  1. Heat olive oil in a saute pan over medium heat. Add chopped celery and onion; saute until tender, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add chopped turkey, salt, pepper, sage, and garlic powder, stirring to combine. Reduce heat to low and blend in cream cheese until the cream cheese is melted. Remove from heat and stir in chopped cranberries.
  2. Unroll one package of crescent rolls and place on a baking sheet. With your fingers, gently press the seams together to seal them. Spread the turkey mixture evenly over the crescent roll dough, leaving about a 1/2-inch border along the edges.
  3. Unroll the remaining package of crescent rolls and place on top of the turkey mixture. Press the edges together to seal. Gently press the seams together.
  4. Bake at 375 degrees for about 15 - 20 minutes, or until crescent roll dough is golden brown.
  5. Cut into small squares and serve. (A pizza cutter makes really quick and easy work of the cutting.)
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  1. These sound so good! And what a great way to use all those turkey leftovers after Thanksgiving!!!

  2. Am absolutely trying these if we have leftover turkey! Thanks for sharing! www.hopefloatsandmore.blogspot.com

  3. This is a MUST HAVE for my leftover recipe list. Pinned!

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  4. What a great way to use leftover turkey! They look so yummy!

  5. These sound so delicious and are a good way to use leftover turkey

  6. This recipe looks great too! I hope you'll link up this one at the turkey link party along with the other recipe and any others!

  7. Perfection! Oh how I love crescent rolls....this is an awesome tasty flavor combo. Thanks much for sharing with us at Weekend Potluck.

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  9. We love using crescent roll dough in creative ways! This is a really cool recipe, as it goes a long way. I'm sure I'd gobble these up super fast!

  10. oh man these look divine! i am literally drooling, great recipe :) xo

  11. These look really good. I like that you added cranberries to the recipe. Thanks for sharing at #HomeMattersParty


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