Air Fryer Turkey Cups

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If you’re lucky enough to have leftovers after Thanksgiving then you may be looking for Thanksgiving leftover ideas. In that case look no further. Today we have a fantastic and delicious recipe for Air Fryer Turkey Cups.

Air Fryer Turkey Cups

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

This is a great recipe to use up those leftover Thanksgiving ingredients and it tastes amazing. The combination of flavors in these Air Fryer Turkey Cups is unbeatable. Plus, it’s a super easy recipe to make. So if you’re looking for a delicious and easy way to use up your Thanksgiving leftovers then this recipe is for you!

  • Innovative and Fun: These turkey cups put a unique, bite-sized spin on holiday favorites.
  • Air Fryer Efficiency: Achieve crispy edges and tender turkey with the ease of air frying.
  • Versatile Snack or Meal: Perfect for appetizers, parties, or a light, protein-packed lunch.
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Recipe Ingredients

  • Stuffing: Forms a flavorful base in the turkey cups, providing a delightful mix of textures and tastes, from soft bread cubes to aromatic herbs and spices.
  • Mashed Potatoes: Add a layer of richness to the turkey cups, making each bite even more satisfying.
  • Chopped Cooked Turkey: Is the star protein of the dish, adding a meaty, savory element that contrasts wonderfully with the other ingredients.
  • Brown Gravy: Adds a deliciously savory, umami depth to the turkey cups, complementing the turkey and mashed potatoes perfectly.
  • Cranberry Jelly: The sweet-tart flavor of cranberry jelly provides a refreshing contrast to the rich, savory elements, rounding out the flavor profile of these delightful cups.
Ingredients for Air Fryer Turkey Cups.

How To Make Air Fryer Turkey Cups?

Step One: Warm Up Stuffing

Warm up your stuffing leftovers to make it more pliable.

Step Two: Form Stuffing Cups

Form a 1/2” layer on the inside of a jumbo silicone muffin liner. From the bottom of the cup, press the stuffing to the side of the liner to form a cup.

Step Three: Bake Stuffing Cups

Bake the stuffing cups in the air fryer basket for 10 minutes at 400°F.

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Step Four: Prepare Filling

While the cups are baking, mix the leftover gravy, mashed potatoes, and turkey meat to create a filling.

Step Five: Fill Cups

Use a large spoon to fill the stuffing cups with the filling.

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Step Six: Bake Again

Return the cups to the air fryer basket and bake for 5 minutes at 350°F.

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Step Seven: Cool

Remove the cups and let them cool.

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Step Eight: Add Toppings

Once cool, spoon a tablespoon dollop of cranberry jelly. If you prefer more gravy as an addition or substitute, have at it.

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Enjoy

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Storage & Reheating Instructions

  • Storage: Place the prepared dish in a sealed container in the refrigerator. at or below 40°F (4°C) to prevent bacterial growth. For extended storage, freeze in a freezer-safe container or vacuum-sealed bag for freshness.
  • Freezing Instructions: Label the frozen container with the date for freshness tracking. Use proper packaging to minimize freezer burn.
  • Reheating: Reheat in a microwave-safe container or on the stovetop, ensuring an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C) for bacteria elimination and stirring aids even reheating. Avoid multiple reheats for optimal dish quality.
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Using Silicone Baking Cups in the Air Fryer

  • If you’re not familiar with silicone baking cups, they are a great way to cook food in the air fryer. They are made from food grade silicone and are heat resistant. That means they can go directly from the freezer to the air fryer. Plus, they are non-stick so cleanup is a breeze.
  • We love using Silicone Baking Cups in the air fryer because they make cooking and cleanup so easy. If you don’t have any silicone baking cups, you can use foil cupcake liners but we prefer the silicone cups when making these Thanksgiving Leftover Ideas.
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More Ways To Use Holiday Le

If you’re looking for more ways to use your holiday leftovers then check out these recipes.

  • Leftover Turkey Shepherd’s Pie – you could use mashed potatoes or even sweet potatoes and mash combined.
  • Creamy Leftover Mashed Potato Soup – This is a delicious soup and makes a cozy meal.
  • Thanksgiving Leftover Turkey Pizza – a great way to use turkey leftovers.
  • Turkey Cranberry Sliders – This is a fun way to use up those leftover cranberries.
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Thanksgiving Leftover Turkey Cups

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Delicious and tasty thanksgiving leftover turkey cups. A great way to use your Turkey leftovers after thanksgiving.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of stuffing
  • 1.5 cups of mashed potatoes
  • 1 cup of chopped cooked turkey
  • 1/2 cup of brown gravy
  • 1/2 cup of cranberry jelly

Instructions

    Warm up your stuffing leftovers to make it more pliable. 

Form a 1/2” layer on the inside of a jumbo silicone muffin liner. From the bottom of the cup and then press the stuffing to the side of the liner to form a cup.

Bake the stuffing cups in the air fryer basket for 10 minutes at 400°f.

While cups are baking. Mix the leftover gravy, mashed potatoes, and turkey meat to create a filling.

Using a large spoon to fill the stuffing cups with the filling. 

Return cups to the air fryer basket and bake for 5 minutes at 350°f

Remove and let cool and spoon a tablespoon dollop of cranberry jelly. If you prefer more gravy as an addition or substitute, have at it.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 279Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 627mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 2gSugar: 9gProtein: 10g

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