This easy crescent roll recipe is made with leftover turkey and is a great way to use up your Thanksgiving leftovers. Each roll is filled with turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and cranberry sauce and wrapped up in a crescent roll.
This easy dinner can be made in the air fryer in less than 30 minutes. And we’ve included oven baked directions, too. Or try our easy Thanksgiving Egg Rolls for another easy leftover recipe.
After you’ve devoured that big turkey day dinner and eaten a few leftover turkey sandwiches, you’ve probably hit your limit on eating Thanksgiving leftovers. Most of us end up with way too many leftovers and then look for creative ways to use them up.
These leftover turkey roll ups are the perfect solution because they are easy to make, hardly take any time to cook, and nothing goes to waste. You can even smother cooked roll-ups in gravy.
- crescent rolls
- leftover turkey – use white or dark meat
- mashed potatoes
- cranberry sauce – you can use whole berry or the canned version
- egg – lightly beaten
How to Make Leftover Turkey Roll Ups With Crescent Rolls
Preheat the air fryer to 375 degrees F. Roll out each piece of dough and gently tear apart at the perforation lines to make triangles.
Place a few turkey slices on the wide edge of each piece of dough.
Add a tablespoon each of stuffing and mashed potatoes, followed by a teaspoon of cranberry sauce.
Roll the dough up, making a croissant shape. Brush the rollup with beaten egg.
Spray the air fryer basket with oil to prevent sticking (an oil mister works great for this). Place the rolls in the basket, making sure they don’t touch.
Cook for 8 minutes, until the rolls are golden brown and cooked through. Allow them to cool slightly before serving with a side of gravy or extra cranberry sauce.
Tips for Making
- Keep the crescent roll dough chilled until you are ready to use. The dough is easier to work and not as sticky.
- Allow the leftovers to sit on the counter for at least 10 minutes before making the turkey roll ups. Doing this helps the leftover turkey rolls cook more evenly.
- If preferred, you can use canned or homemade cranberry sauce.
- Be careful not to overstuff the crescent rolls. They may take longer to cook and the dough may not cook as crispy.
- Use parchment paper liners for easy cleanup. Wait to place the liner in the basket until you are ready to cook the roll-ups.
To make leftover turkey crescent rolls in the oven, follow the same instructions for assembling. Cook on a parchment paper lined baking sheet at 375 degrees F for 12 to 15 minutes.
Storing and Reheating Leftover Turkey Crescent Rolls
Store leftover stuffed crescent rolls in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. They may keep a little longer than that, but the dough tends to get soggy the longer they are refrigerated.
Important note: keep in mind how long it’s been since you first made the meal, to avoid eating spoiled leftovers.
To reheat, place them in the oven or air fryer and heat until warmed through. We don’t recommend using the microwave because the crescent rolls don’t get as crispy and may come out a little tough.
Do You Have To Use Leftovers For This Recipe?
While we always make these right after Thanksgiving, you can definitely make them throughout the year. It’s a good way to use up Sunday dinner leftovers, too.
You can use rotisserie chicken, deli-style turkey, diced ham or even leftover pot roast. And use whatever sides you have on hand. It’s fun to get creative with these!
I also have a recipe for air fryer turkey legs that can be used in these as well.
Air Fryer Recipes
Leftover Turkey Crescent Roll Recipe
- 1 8-ounce can crescent rolls
- 1 cup leftover turkey, sliced
- 1 cup mashed potatoes
- 1 cup stuffing
- 1/2 cup cranberry sauce
- 1 egg, beaten
- Preheat air fryer to 375 degrees F.
- Roll out each crescent roll triangle on a flat surface.
- Place a few slices of turkey along the wide edge of the roll.
- Top with a tablespoon of mashed potatoes, a tablespoon of stuffing, and a teaspoon of cranberry sauce.
- Carefully roll up the dough per package directions. Brush rolls with with beaten egg.
- Lightly oil the air fryer basket and add the rollups, leaving space between each one to allow for room to expand.
- Cook for 8 minutes until golden brown.
- Remove and allow to cool slightly before serving.
- Make sure your leftovers are still good before making the rolls.
- Chilled dough is easier to work with – keep the dough in the refrigerator while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
- Allow the turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and jelly to sit at room temperature for 10 minutes before making the rollups. This helps the rolls to cook more evenly.
- You can use canned, whole berry or homemade cranberry sauce with this recipe.
- Serve with a side of warm gravy or extra cranberry sauce for an easy dipping sauce.
- Oven directions: place filled rolls on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake at 375 degrees F for 12-15 minutes, or until cooked through.
- Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days (assumes your leftovers are still good).
Nutritional information is provided as a reference, using an online calculator. We recommend verifying the information independently for accuracy.