Thursday, November 22, 2012

Tantalizing Thursday-Thanksgiving Leftovers Edition

Welcome to the Thanksgiving Edition of Tantalizing Thursday on Thanksgiving Day on Chief 187™Chatter.

As turkey graces the table of most of the American households today, it seems logical to offer some great uses for the leftover turkey that usually languishes in the refrigerator.

Recipes that taste similar to the original dinner are tasty but quickly become tiresome. But by using turkey as the protein to entirely different meals, the investment in the bird pays off in spades.

Enjoy these ideas for using the leftover turkey in entirely creative and scrumptious ways.

Chief’s Chef’s Salad


1 bag of salad
1 cup of diced turkey
A few ounces of diced cheese, the more flavorful the better
1 hard-boiled egg, sliced
Various vegetables in bite-sized pieces
A handful of croutons
A drizzle of your favorite salad dressing


Toss all ingredients together in a big bowl or serving platter. Serve.

*Turkey Chili

Combine up to a pound of turkey meat with a can of drained kidney beans, diced red and green peppers (or whatever color you’d like), diced onions, pureed tomato, and a package of chili seasonings from your grocery store. Let simmer and serve with corn bread, leftover dinner rolls, or tortilla chips.

*Turkey Gyro

Top pitas with turkey meat, lettuce, onion, and fresh tzatziki sauce. Tzatziki is made by mixing chopped cucumber, garlic, and lemon juice with a thick Greek yogurt.

*Turkey Mexican-Style

Replace the meat in tacos, fajitas, or enchiladas with leftover turkey.

*Turkey Panini

Slice a thick, crusty bread and spread the outsides with butter. Add layers of turkey, cheese, and cooked bacon. Cook on a griddle, using a heavy pan to hold the Panini flat while cooking. Flip over and continue to cook until Panini is golden brown and cheese is melted.

*Pulled Pork-Style Turkey

Chop up or pull apart leftover turkey meat. Toss with your favorite barbeque sauce. Serve on soft sandwich buns with a side of cole slaw.

*Turkey and Vegetable Stir Fry

Heat a wok or skillet with a little oil and sauté onions, garlic, and favorite stir fry vegetables. Add the turkey to heat and season with soy sauce or teriyaki. Serve over steamed rice.

There are so many ways to prepare the leftover turkey that you’ll be clamoring to make another bird next month just to try these all out!

Once again, I am most thankful for all of you and wish you all a very Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving!

*Recipes obtained on “Stuffed!”insert of the New Jersey Herald, Thursday, November 15, 2012

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