Best Turkey Leftover Recipe….Turkey Taquitos

This will be my last post for the week so I can enjoy my Thanskgiving with my family and hopefully you will do the same.  So once you have that delicious turkey meal what do you do with all the leftovers?   I wanted to leave you with one of the best turkey leftover recipes that I have had….turkey taquitos.  I have made the familiar turkey soup, turkey pot pie and turkey sandwiches, but this recipe by Melissa d’Arabian transforms your turkey leftovers into a dish with bold flavors that are vastly different than the flavors we experience on Thanksgiving.  Here is her recipe that I will be enjoying on Black Friday this year.

Ingredients Taquitos:

2C plus 1T vegetable oil

1/2 yellow or white onion finely chopped

1 clove of garlic minced

1T minced jalepeno

1 1/2 C shredded turkey meat

1 1/2 C shredded jack cheese

1/2 C mexican flavored canned tomatoes, drained and chopped

kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

18 corn tortillas

Ingredients Cranberry Salsa:

1/2 C cranberry sauce (prefer whole berry)

1/4 c fresh cilantro chopped

zest and juice of 1 lime

1 jalepeno coarsely chopped

1/2 onion corsely chopped, covered and microwaved for 1 minute

1/4 C each diced red and green bell pepper

1/2 C mexican flavored canned tomatoes, drained and chopped

kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Fill the tortillas with a tablespoon of filling and roll into a thin taquito, securing with a toothpick. Keep the taquitos covered with a damp towel before cooking otherwise the corn tortillas will dry out and crack. Heat 2 cups oil in a straight-sided pan to 350 degrees F. Place the taquitos in the hot oil in batches and shallow fry until crisp, rolling to cook all sides, about 3 minutes.

Drain the taquitos on paper towels and salt. Remove the toothpicks before serving.

To make the cranberry salsa place all ingredients into a food processor and pulse until blended, but still chunky. Add salt and pepper to taste.  Serve with Turkey Taquitos.

 What’s your favorite turkey leftover recipe?

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