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Suzen’s Thanksgiving Leftover Turkey Tart

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On the Friday after Thanksgiving, you face a kitchen that may still be a bit upside down. And a refrigerator full of goodies. And a family with surprisingly strong appetites.

Sure, you can warm things up and reply the Thursday feast. But, how about giving that leftover turkey a new life. Here is a Turkey Tart that will have every mouth salivating.

Try this open faced tart, with meat and veggies added on top of a rich puff pastry base. Out of the oven, you’ll that warm turkey smell again now combined with the intoxicating scent of butter-laden puff pastry.

This recipe is an adaptation of a Duck Confit Tart you can find in an exciting new book, Not-So-Humble Pies by Kelly Jaggers. Here we have borrowed her idea and her technique, but swapped out duck confit for roast turkey leftovers. You can extend the changes yourself by adding in a few vegetables, too. For example, some diced carrot or more onion than just the one shallot called for below.

Whichever route you choose, it’s a lively way to make perfect use of that turkey you worked so hard to prepare.

Suzen’s Thanksgiving Leftover Turkey Tart

Yield: serves 8, or maybe a few less!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of leftover turkey meat, plucked free of skin and bones, then cut into bite size pieces
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme
  • 1 sheet of puff pastry, 12” X 15”
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 shallot minced
  • 1 cup slice oyster mushroom, roughly chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced

Preparation:

Preheat the oven to 400°F.

Carefully transfer the unbaked puff pastry to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Dock the center with a fork, leaving a l” border around the edges. Bake the pastry for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown and puffed. Set aside to cool slightly.

In a medium skillet over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Once the fat ripples and shimmers, add the shallot and cook until tender, about 3 minutes.

Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring frequently, until softened and browned, about 5 minutes.

Add the minced garlic and turkey meat. Cook until the garlic is fragrant, about 1 minute.

Spread the duck mixture over the top of the Blitz Puff Pastry. Return to the oven for 3—5 minutes to warm through. Serve warm.

Source: Inspired by Not-So-Humble Pies by Kelly Jaggers

 

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Oh, About Those Turkey Leftovers: Turkey Enchiladas with Creamy Tomatillo Sauce

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“Uh, not next week,” I said to Suzen. “Thanksgiving cannot be next week.”

“It is,” Suzen insisted.

“But, but, the Christmas decorations have only been up for six weeks,” I said. “This is screwed up.”

“Very,” Suzen agreed.

On this blog we have always treated Thanksgiving as very, very special. We have posted some great ideas and, while we normally don’t repeat items, for this holiday Suzen and I want to blast out some old but wonderful ideas for you over the next few days. A week from today, it will be the day after Thanksgiving. You will be tired. Relaxing. Hopefully have the day off. And you will be hungry. Thursday night you will have sworn off food for life. By Friday night, that resolution will have you sticking your head inside your refrigerator. You have some leftover turkey? Now you have this spectacular recipe.

I posted this recipe in early 2010, at my daughter’s request, but I’m doing it again because this is just the best possible way to enjoy leftover turkey. It’s not “leftovers.” It’s “delicious” and rich and different. This recipe stands on its own.

The enchiladas are paired with one of my favorite foods: tomatillos.  This green fruit is a staple of Mexican cuisine.  Although in the same botanical family as the tomato, a tomatillo is definitely not a tomato.  If you’ve had green salsa with a bite, you’ve enjoyed the particular intensity that only a tomatillo can supply. In this recipe that inherent tomatillo sting is muted into a voluptuous cream sauce that is an outstanding match for that distinctive turkey flavor.  Your mouth is simply going to resonate with a symphony of tones.

When I make this dish, I do follow the recipe but I am heavy handed with the amount of green onion and green chiles. And I suggest sticking with the canned tomatillos, not the salsa verde.

You can garnish the whole dish with cilantro or sliced scallions for one more level of flavor.

Turkey Enchiladas with Creamy tomatillo Sauce

Ingredients:

2 cups shredded roast turkey
2 green onions, including tender green tops, thinly sliced
3 tablespoons cream cheese at room temperature
1 ⅓cups (5 ½ ounces) shredded Monterey Jack Cheese
2 cans (7 ounces each) salsa verde or 1 can (13 ounces) tomatillos, drained
2 tablespoons canned chopped green chiles, drained
½ cup fresh cilantro leaves
⅔ cup heavy (whipping) cream
¼ cup canola oil
8 corn tortillas

Preparation:

Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a medium bowl, combine the turkey, green onions, cream cheese, and 1 cup of the jack cheese and stir to mix thoroughly. Set aside.

In a blender or food processor, combine the tomatillo, chiles, cilantro, and cream and process until smooth.

Heat the oil in a heavy, 6 -inch skillet over medium-high heat. Using tongs, carefully place one tortilla at a time in the hot oil and fry for 5 to 10 seconds just until softened. Flip the tortilla and soften the other side. Drain over the skillet, and place on a plate lined with a paper towel. Place another paper towel on top and press to absorb the oil. Repeat until all 8 tortillas are softened and drained.

Divide the turkey mixture among the tortillas (about ½cup each), mounding it in a line down the center. Roll tightly and then place, seam side down, in a 7 x 11″ baking pan. Pour the tomatillo cream sauce over the enchiladas, and sprinkle the remaining ⅓cup jack cheese down the center. Bake for about 20 minutes until heated through and bubbly. Serve immediately.

Source: The New Thanksgiving Table by Diane Morgan