And not just eating the same things again and again for several days.
But ways to reinvent the leftovers. Because lets face it, after a day of the same thing turkey looses it’s appeal to me.
Do you feel the same way?
Microwave the turkey leftovers? NO WAY!
When it comes to reheating Thanksgiving leftovers, there are 2 things I will notmicrowave:
turkey and macaroni & cheese.
I will use the microwave to reheat most of the leftovers but not the turkey and definitely not for the macaroni and cheese.
My preferred way to reheat turkey is to take cold gravy in a pan (add a little stock or water if needed) and bring that to a simmer. After it simmers, I place the cold turkey into that warm liquid to heat up.
So I knock out 2 reheats in 1 pot when I do it this way. And I haven’t dried out my turkey.
This is the best way to reheat turkey leftovers
I like to reheat the macaroni and cheese similarly.
I simmer a little bit of milk and a pinch of salt & pepper. To help it return to it’s cheesiness, I will sprinkle a little cheese to the warm milk. Add the mac & cheese when the milk simmers. Stir gently and in no time it’s ready!
1 prepared pie crust (or 1 sheet puff pastry thawed)
1/3 cup unsalted butter
3 tbsp high temp oil (coconut, vegetable, etc)
1 large onion chopped
1 bell pepper (any color, I usually go for a light colored pepper)
4 garlic cloves freshly grated
1 fresh Serrano pepper chopped (if this is too spicy take seeds out or use a milder pepper or leave it out)
Kosher salt & pepper to taste
2 packets of Sazon Goya con Culantro Y Achiote (found in your Ethnic section)
1/3 cup homemade sofrito (see Puerto Rican Sofrito recipe)
1/3 cup all purpose flour
3 cups of turkey or chicken stock
2 tsp smoked paprika
2 tsp onion powder
½ tsp dried oregano
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground cumin
1 4 oz can mild or spicy hatch chiles (or green chilies-whatever you can find)
1 25 oz can hominy (like Juanita’s this brand is packaged as 25 oz)
2 cups Black Beans (I don’t use canned but by all means go for it if you do!)
1 cup cooked barley (or 1/2 cup more if using quinoa or bulgur wheat-prepare according to package)
1-1/2 lbs of leftover turkey (you can use pre-cooked chicken)
1/3 cup green onions (plus for garnish)
1/3 cup fresh cilantro chopped (plus for garnish)
½ cup of half & half (or whole milk of choice)
1 egg for wash (or ¼ cup of egg product & water)
Preheat oven 400
If I’ve made my pastry dough, I roll out length of my dish. Lay on parchment and put back in the fridge to stay cold. If I’m using store bought puff pastry, make sure it is thawed & roll out to be ready but kept cold until needed.
Grease a 9 x 13 dish
Prepare barley (or quinoa or bulgur wheat). Rinse black beans if using canned or jarred product.
In a large heavy duty pot, on about med-high heat add oil and cook onion, bell peppers, serreano pepper until onions are translucent. Add salt & pepper, garlic (do not let it brown) cook for another minute.
Add butter. After butter is melted add flour. Cook to get rid of the raw taste a minute or so (it’s okay to let it cook but do not burn your flour).
Add the stock and sofrito- allow to thicken and stir as needed.
Add seasonings, barley, black beans, hominy, green chiles. Allow to come to a simmer and reduce heat to medium, stir as needed cooking for about 15 minutes. Add your leftover turkey, green onion and cilantro. And one last taste for any needed salt & pepper.
Allow to cool if you have time (about 15-20 minutes) and pour into prepared casserole dish. Depending on how deep your dish is you may need to put a sheet pan underneath if your pan isn’t deep. If you allow this to cool before you place pastry dough I find the dough wants to puff up more. Brush with egg wash and salt & pepper.
Bake about 25 minutes or until your dough is golden brown; turn 180 degrees half way through cooking.
I know it’s hard to do but allow to cool for 30 minutes before serving and garnish with cilantro and green onion.
Hope you love reinventing your turkey leftovers and enjoy this labor of love!
Cuisine: Tex-Mex |Recipe Type: Moderate if making puff pastry or pie crust-otherwise this is easy
Prep Time includes making a pie crust. Feel free to use a frozen puff pastry dough or roll out a pie crust from a tube or box! This recipe is modified from my original Tex-Mex Chicken Pot Pie.