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Turkey and Cheese Crescent Roll Braid (Leftovers Recipe)

Transform leftover turkey to make this incredible recipe. Our Turkey and Cheese Crescent Roll combines savory turkey, sweet cranberry sauce, and buttery brie, all wrapped in a warm crescent roll.

Front view of a sliced Turkey and Cheese Crescent Roll Braid topped with Cranberry Sauce - Hostess At Heart
Turkey and Cheese Crescent Roll

Easy instructions and ready ingredients make this a meal that comes together with just minutes of prep. If you don’t have turkey, just grab a rotisserie chicken!

Why You’ll Love These Turkey Crescent Rolls

  • Huge Time Saver. Buy store-bought crescent dough sheets and make this as quickly as you can find the ingredients. This is convenience at its finest for a quick weeknight meal.
  • Use up holiday leftovers. I don’t know if you are like me or not, but around holidays, we always end up with extra turkey and cranberry sauce that we only use once or twice a year. This easy recipe is a great way to put those Thanksgiving leftovers to good use!
  • Versatile – Leftover turkey recipe make delicious crescent roll appetizers the next day while watching the big game or the perfect way to make a whole new main meal. Who said leftover turkey sandwiches were the only way to enjoy leftover Thanksgiving turkey?

What is a Crescent Roll Braid?

Store-bought crescent roll dough is used to fashion a meal, layering meat, cheese, and the dough into a baked loaf of bread that appears braided. This convenience dish was popularized by the Pampered Chef company many years ago and has become a holiday favorite in many homes.

Our leftover turkey crescent roll recipe is a new twist on this fun classic and we believe that this dish will make its way to your list of holiday favorites on the first bite.

Ingredients you’ll need for this recipe

Turkey Roll ingredients needed to make a crescent braid including canned crescent roll, sliced turkey, olive oil, cranberry sauce, brie, and herbs
Turkey and Cheese Crescent Roll Ingredients
  • Sliced Turkey Breast. You need to start with fully cooked meat. Use leftover turkey or chicken! Deli turkey from the store counter also works.
  • Cranberry Sauce. Whole berry cranberry sauce usually has less liquid and works well.
  • Brie Wheel. Rich buttery brie makes this meal a conversation starter. You don’t really need the most expensive variety; you just need about five ounces.
  • Crescent Rolls Can. This pastry dough comes in triangular pieces perfect for braiding. If you cannot find a can of rolls, you can make do with a can of full-sheet pastry and cut it yourself.
  • Olive Oil. You can also use vegetable or canola oil.
  • Fresh Parsley. Save out some for garnish.
  • Ground Sage. Be careful with dried sage. It can be very potent.
  • Fresh Sage Leaves. Optional for garnish.

How To Make A Turkey and Cheese Crescent Roll Braid

Please note, that the printable recipe card has ingredient quantities, complete instructions, and nutritional information. The following is a quick overview of the recipe.

Step One. Arrange the crescent roll dough.

Prepare your pan, preheat the oven, and start laying out the dough triangles connecting the wider end of each triangle from the middle.

Step Two. Layer the meat, cheese, and sauce.

Trim the rind off your brie first. Then, layer the meat, cheese, and sauce down the center of the dough. Make two layers of each.

Step Four. Close up the braid and pinch the dough on the edges.

Alternate the flaps of the triangle to form the shape of a braid. Brush the outside with olive oil and sprinkle with fresh herbs.

Step Five. Bake the Turkey and Cheese Crescent Roll Braid.

Place the rolls on the prepared baking sheet and bake until golden brown. Serve while warm.

Top down view of baked Crescent Roll Braid stuffed with cheese, turkey, and cranberries. Hostess At Heart

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know when my crescent roll braid is done?

Since the meat is already cooked, all you really need to know is that everything is hot and the bread itself is fully cooked. When the bread is done, the dish is ready.

How To Reheat & Store Turkey and Cheese Crescent Roll Braid

Best Way to Store Leftover Turkey Crescent Rolls

If you make this from leftovers, you really should do so within 1 or 2 days and store it no longer than 4 days from the day it was originally baked. Store leftover turkey roll-ups within three or four days in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

Can I freeze the leftover crescent roll braid?

We don’t recommend freezing this recipe. It’s better to freeze slices of turkey to make this recipe the perfect choice for a quick and easy appetizer on game day or for your favorite turkey meal.

How to Reheat the Turkey and Cheese Crescent Roll Braid

A microwave is the simplest and fastest method for reheating this dish. Microwave it in thirty-second increments until it is hot throughout. You can also reheat it in the oven.

Front view of a baked Crescent Roll Braid - Hostess At Heart

Variations and Substitutions

If chicken or turkey is not readily available, you can make this braided bread with ham or even roast beef. Each of these is a nice variation that changes the flavor considerably.

Brie is really lovely, but if you prefer, you can use shredded cheese or slices of cheese such as provolone, swiss, or a combination of melting cheeses.

Instead of cranberry sauce, use fig or raspberry preserves or a different fruit preserves. Instead of preserves, you could use diced red peppers and onions or sun-dried tomatoes.

Sprinkle the top of the braid with poppy seeds or sesame seeds.

Front view of turkey and brie baked in a pastry roll - Hostess At Heart

Hostess Tips and Tricks

  • Do not overbake the bread. The turkey and cheese should be heated throughout; once the bread is cooked through, the dish is ready.
  • Use a whole berry cranberry sauce or if you use homemade, drain off extra liquid to keep the braid from getting soggy. For the best results serve it shortly after it’s baked. 
  • Cut your turkey or chicken into bite-sized pieces and stir it together with the cranberry sauce. Making a turkey mixture is easier to slice and serve.
  • Offer extra cranberry sauce to drizzle over individual servings or use as a dipping sauce.
Cranberry sauce being spooned over a turkey braid - Hostess At Heart

If you have a lot of leftovers, here are some more of our favorite recipes!

Leftovers make delicious meals. Our leftover fried dressing patties or potato cakes make a great addition to any meal. We love our ham leftovers too!

Top down view of a baked Turkey and Cheese Crescent Roll Braid - Hostess At Heart

I hope you enjoyed this delicious recipe as much as we do. Drop me a comment below, and don’t forget to give it a star rating. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐. Your comments and ratings help others decide if this recipe is for them too.

Front view of a Turkey and cheese crescent roll topped with cranberry sauce - Hostess At Heart

Turkey and Cheese Crescent Roll Braid (Leftovers Recipe)

Author: Julie Menghini
Our Turkey and Cheese Crescent Roll combines leftover savory turkey, sweet cranberry sauce, and buttery brie, all wrapped in a warm crescent roll.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword: Leftovers, Thanksgiving leftover recipe, Turkey recipe, Turkey Roll
Servings: 4 (or 5)


  • 1/2 lb sliced turkey breast fully cooked (leftovers work wonders for this)
  • 1/3 cup cranberry sauce divided
  • 5 oz brie wheel can also use a 7oz wheel
  • 1 can crescent rolls uncooked
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp fresh parsley divided
  • 1/4 tsp ground sage
  • fresh sage leaves for garnish optional


  • Preheat the oven to 375 °F. Cut a piece of parchment paper to fit your baking sheet.
  • Place the parchment on a clean surface. Unroll the tube of crescent rolls and separate them along the perforations. Place 2 of the dough pieces side by side near the top end of the parchment paper. The points of the triangles will be pointed out to the sides.
    Place another two dough pieces approximately 2.5 inches from the top of the previous triangles. You want at least a half an inch overlap. Continue doing this will the remainder of the dough.
    When the dough triangles are in place, it will resemble a Christmas tree.
  • Place half the turkey slices down the middle of the dough tree. Leave the sides of the dough sticking out naked.
  • Slice the brie and trim the rind off. Place half the brie over the turkey.
  • Spoon approximately 1 tablespoon of the cranberry sauce.
  • Repeat step 3, 4 and 5 so that you end up with 2 layer each of turkey, brie and cranberry sauce. Reserve any remaining cranberry for topping each slice later.


This recipe can be made all year long with leftover chicken or turkey from the deli.


Calories: 271kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 16gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 63mgSodium: 788mgPotassium: 271mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 222IUVitamin C: 0.3mgCalcium: 74mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.

Tried this recipe?Let me know how it was!
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Recipe Rating


Thursday 12th of October 2023

This came out amazing! We had leftover turkey and made this using it. So good!

Julie Menghini

Thursday 12th of October 2023

Thank you, Mindy! I'm always working on repurposing leftovers.

Laura Ashley Johnson

Thursday 12th of October 2023

Such a delicious way to repurpose that holiday Turkey!

Julie Menghini

Thursday 12th of October 2023

Absolutely! Thank you!


Thursday 12th of October 2023

Was craving the whole cran turkey flavor thing and saw this recipe the other day, one word -- WINNER!

Julie Menghini

Thursday 12th of October 2023

Thank you!


Tuesday 10th of October 2023

Perfect for our leftover turkey from a special request dinner for one of my kiddos! Loved them!

Julie Menghini

Tuesday 10th of October 2023

Thank you Lynn!

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