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I've finally recovered from Thanksgiving, but before I gear up for Christmas baking I want to share a couple of new recipes using turkey leftovers. Usually, my mother comes to the rescue with her famous Turkey Cranberry Wreath and there is always a pot pie or two involved, but this year we wanted to try something new, too. (I love that the girls and my husband heartily support all this experimentation.) We had eighteen at out table on Thanksgiving Day and a 24 pound bird allowed for plenty of leftovers. Pinterest has become a great source for new recipes and my feed was flooded with uses for leftover turkey.
Thanksgiving Leftover Nachos caught my eye. Turkey nachos may not sound all that unusual, but cranberry-jalapeno salsa on the side? Really? The recipe was created by Girl versus Dough for an Old El Paso holiday contest and, while I don't know if she won, it certainly wowed our crowd. My dish was empty moments after coming out of the oven, so the above photo is from her blog. We loved the sweet-tart taste of the cranberry sauce/lime/cilantro/jalapeno mix and it was really nice to use up all the leftover homemade cranberry sauce, too.
A couple of nights later, I decided to try King Arthur Flour's recipe for Turkey and Dumplings. We all love pot pies, and this recipe appeared to be a delicious variation of the traditional comfort-food classic. I've had nothing but success with King Arthur recipes and this one was no exception, BUT it was more work than I was expecting - mostly due to extra steps in preparing the roux and filling. It ended up being enough food for two meals, so I'm not complaining. The photo is from King Arthur.
What did you do with turkey leftovers this year?