What to do with all that left-over turkey?

Thanksgiving is a great holiday to indulge in the traditional Thanksgiving meal and share with family. However, after the holiday is over, we are all usually left with a lot of good food, that although good, can get a little boring to eat the same way for over a week!</>

Here are a few ideas on what to do with all that turkey!

1. Turkey burritos or quesadillas:

The tomato moistens and flavors the turkey for a wonderful change on the turkey. Also cooking the turkey on the pan and allowing a few bits to get toasted give it a really nice twist.

Ingredients:

-Shredded turkey meat
-Chopped onion
-Chopped tomato
-Finely chopped jalapenos (optional, if you would like it spicy)
-pepper to taste
-Flour tortillas
-Refried beans for burritos

-Cheese (muenster works great for this)

The amount of veggies chopped should almost equal the amount of turkey you have before cooking as they shrink a lot during cooking.

Procedure:

-Start cooking the onion on a pan with a little bit of oil until translucent. Add turkey, tomato, jalapenos if using, and pepper to taste. Cook until all tomato has been cooked and turkey is hot and with a few areas toasted.

For burritos, place a layer of warm refried beans on the tortilla, and add turkey and cheese. Roll and enjoy.

For quesadillas, place tortilla on flat pan, add cheese and turkey. Cover with an additional tortilla. Cook  on low on both sides until cheese is melted. Serve with a side of sour cream and salsa.

pot pie

2. Turkey pot pie:

A twist on the classic chicken pot pie, for a comforting dish that uses the turkey and potentially some of your veggies as well. This is very versatile in that you can change the veggies to suit your taste or accommodate the veggies you have in hand

Ingredients:

-Chopped or shredded turkey
-Frozen peas
-Frozen or fresh chopped or shredded carrots
-Finely chopped onions
-Finely chopped mushrooms
-optionally: use some of your green bean casserole if you have it, or any side vegetable that would work on a pot pie (i.e. carrots, corn)
-Flour (all-purpose or whole-wheat)
-Milk (any fat level content works)
-pepper, garlic powder, oregano and dill to taste

-frozen puff pastry

Procedure:

Cook the veggies on a pan with some oil (some will be needed for the gravy, so use more than just a spray). Once cooked add the turkey and your seasonings. Once turkey has been warmed, sprinkle flour until you see a light coating of flour all over your vegetables and meat. Cook a bit more to darken the flour a bit. Pour milk and simmer until milk thickens. Add more milk if necessary to achieve a gravy consistency. Stir constantly to avoid burning the bottom.

While it cooks, take out the puff pastry and cut each strip into three rectangles, or adjust the size to your liking. Cook puff pastry in the oven according to package instructions.

Serve filling on a ramekin or bowl and place a piece of the puff pastry on top.

quiche

3. Quiche: Adjust the vegetables to whatever you have at home.

Ingredients:

-Frozen pie shell (I love the whole-wheat ones from Whole Foods)

-Chopped or shredded turkey
-Onions
-Any veggies you like. I recommend any combination of the following: zucchini, spinach, kale, potatoes, cherry tomatoes,  mushrooms
-Pepper, salt, oregano, basil and dill to taste
-Shredded cheese (optional)
– About 3 oz ricotta cheese (optional)

-6 to 8 eggs depending on how many other ingredients you use.

Chop and cook your vegetables (tomato works best raw) and season them to taste.

Layer or mix in the vegetables, turkey and shredded cheese inside the pie crust until full, but not packed.

On a separate bowl, beat the eggs until well mixed. If using ricotta, add and mix well with the eggs until they become one single mixture. Pour egg mixture over the rest of the ingredients on the pie. I usually start with 6 and add 1 or 2 more if needed.

Cook on a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 55 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Please note you might see moisture on the toothpick due to the vegetables, and that is ok – as long as you don’t get raw eggs 🙂

Hope you enjoy these ideas! If you have questions or need more details, please let me know in the comments! Also would love to know if you try any of them!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Edith Elizalde</p>

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