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Leftover turkey Christmas nachos recipe

Leftover turkey Christmas nachos recipe

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Festive nachos made with leftover roast turkey, cranberry sauce, green salsa and fresh coriander.

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IngredientsServes: 12

  • 48 scoop-style tortilla chips
  • 275g shredded cooked turkey
  • 120g salsa verde
  • 200g grated Monterey Jack cheese
  • 100g cranberry jelly
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 75g soured cream
  • 1 small bunch coriander, coarsely chopped, or to taste

MethodPrep:25min ›Cook:10min ›Ready in:35min

  1. Preheat oven to 200 C / Gas 6. Line a baking tray with foil; arrange tortilla chips on it.
  2. Stir turkey and salsa together in a bowl. Fill chips with turkey mixture, then top with grated cheese.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until cheese is melted and chips are golden, about 10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, stir cranberry sauce and lime juice together in a bowl. Top each chip with some of the cranberry-lime mixture and some of the soured cream. Sprinkle fresh coriander on top.

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Utterly delicious things to do with leftover turkey

The big day has passed, you've eaten all the last bits of cranberry, stuffing, and mashed potatoes but now you have a fridge full of leftover turkey and you just can't figure out what to do with it!

Luckily for us all, there are some utterly delicious recipes on the web that make turkey leftovers something to be desired instead of a refrigerator-shelf-clogging headache. Here are 15 family-pleasing recipes that are sure to be requested every time you have some holiday remainders.

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Turkey Nachos

As I’m sure you are quite aware, Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching. After Thanksgiving I’m usually left scrambling trying to figure out what to do with leftover turkey. The problem is that most of my old ‘go to’ leftover turkey recipes, my kids don’t like. I keep trying to find new recipes that everyone likes, but I haven’t had a ton of success. Until I made this dish last year. We have a winner! And I am totally the sharing type so I have the recipe for you as well.

I found a recipe in the Biggest Loser Family Cookbook that I liked, but I wanted to tweak it a bit to be something that could use up leftover turkey and something that my whole family would enjoy. Yippee! I had success.

This recipe is crazy easy. You just mix your leftover turkey, which you have cut into bite sized cubes, with salsa. Then you place that mixture on top of tortilla chips and add shredded cheese. Bake and enjoy! I’m telling you…crazy easy and super yummy. You add your favorite salsa, so if your family likes things spicy, spice it up. If your family is like mine and are spice wimps, you can use mild salsa.

Whatever salsa you use, you are sure to enjoy these delicious leftover turkey nachos. We just ate them this week, because I had to make them for this post. Once again, my girls gobbled them up(Thanksgiving pun intended). In my house, when I can find a recipe that is crazy easy AND uses up leftovers AND everyone loves to eat it…huge win!

What is your favorite leftover Thanksgiving recipe?

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Making Cranberry Sauce Salsa

When I first envisioned this recipe, I thought the turkey would be the star of the show. And as much as I like the browned turkey carnitas, the cranberry sauce salsa paired with Mission Triangles Tortilla Chips really exceeded my expectations!

All I did was mix the cranberry sauce (I make a killer sauce with bourbon, cinnamon, brown sugar and orange zest and orange juice) with the usual salsa suspects: red onion, jalapeños, garlic, tomatoes, lime zest and lime juice. If you want to kick it up a notch, a few dashes of hot sauce can be added.

It’s sweet and tangy, with a bit of a bite (customizable if you like it hot!). And it really elevates the nachos, pairing well with the turkey and the cheese! And, let’s face it, you would probably be tossing all that leftover cranberry sauce as there’s always so much left and not much to do with it.

In fact, I’d advise you to make extra! I guarantee you will want to eat it over and over again.


Can You Use Turkey instead of Chicken in Recipes?

Most recipes that call for rotisserie chicken – or plain, pre-cooked chicken – will work great with leftover turkey, too.

Sure, you can search specifically for recipes that use turkey leftovers. We’ve got some of them in our list below – recipes that were developed with the explicit goal of helping you use up turkey.

But, if you have recipes in your rotation that call for shredded or cubed, cooked chicken – you can probably just use your leftover turkey instead.

Hint #1) If you’ve brined or injected your turkey with really unique flavors – like cajun, for example – you’ll probably want to use the leftovers in recipes that will work well with those flavors.

Hint #2) The dark meat of turkey, in particular, usually has a bit of a stronger flavor than, say, white chicken breast meat. So, you may want to mix leftover white and dark meat turkey to “dilute” that flavor a bit, or choose recipes with heartier flavors to showcase the dark meat.


Chicken Croquettes

Posted at 6:59 pm by StephMo

This is a recipe my mother made when we had leftover chicken or turkey when I was growing up. If I remember correctly, she may have made them with ham as well. I don’t think I have had them since I lived at home many years ago. Once again, I got her recipe out of her beloved Betty Crocker cookbook. I did tweak it a little here and there, but it is pretty much the same as she used to make.

I wasn’t able to cook them the night I prepared the croquettes and I wasn’t sure how they would come out a day later. They were perfect! So now I know you can make them a day ahead and keep them in the refrigerator until ready to cook.

The original recipe calls for frozen peas in a cream sauce, does that even exist anymore? I am not sure what my mother did for this part of the recipe, I just remember there being a white sauce with peas. I went with the variation of using plain frozen peas and the Veloute Sauce that it gave as an option.

I have to say, I didn’t expect them to be as delicious as they were. Very good!

2 cups finely chopped cooked chicken

1 tbsp. grated parmesan cheese

The first thing you need to do is finely chop chicken and set aside. I did not have leftover chicken as my mother used to, so I cooked a few boneless chicken breasts. The next time I have leftovers I will think to make these.

Melt the butter in a saucepan over low/medium heat. Add some salt and pepper, then whisk in the flour to create a roux. I actually used a little more flour than it called for.

Add the milk while whisking and bring to a boil. This sauce thickened in no time so be prepared. It may be because of the additional flour that I used.

Mix the chicken, onion (I didn’t use onion because my son doesn’t like onion), parsley, and salt and pepper in with the thick sauce.

Spread into an ungreased dish and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Divide the mixture into 12 equal parts and shape into balls. Beat the egg and water together. Combine the breadcrumbs and parmesan. Dip each ball into the egg mixture, then roll in the breadcrumb parmesan mixture. The parmesan wasn’t in the original recipe but I like to add a little cheese. Cover and refrigerate for another 2 hours.

The original recipe calls for the croquettes to be fried in 3 to 4 inches of oil, which I did. Next time I think I might try baking them at 350 degrees to cut out some of the fat. You can do either and I would imagine they taste better fried. Doesn’t everything?

It only takes about a minute or two until they turn brown.

While they are cooking prepare the sauce.

Melt butter in a saucepan over low heat. Whisk in the flour and cook for a few minutes creating a roux. Whisk in the chicken broth and heat to boiling while whisking constantly. Boil for 1 minute then stir in the salt, pepper, and nutmeg.


45 Easy Leftover Turkey Recipes to Reinvent Your Holiday Leftovers

I know. Eating turkey for days on end after a holiday loses its appeal.

But what if you could repurpose that leftover Thanksgiving and Christmas turkey into something completely different?

There are actually a ton of uses for leftover turkey, and they taste nothing like the original version!

You can take your pulled turkey leftovers, and whip up a meal your family or houseguests will love.

They will be SO impressed by what a magical cook you are!

Plus, you’ll reduce food waste (and save on your grocery bill) when you transform your leftovers into several other meals.

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First, let’s cover a few simple guidelines.


  • 150 gm nachos
  • 50 gm chopped into cubes avocados
  • 50 gm diced,de seeded tomato
  • 50 gm sliced jalapeno
  • 50 gm red peppers
  • 10 gm cumin seeds
  • 10 gm black pepper
  • 10 gm paprika
  • 200 gm baked beans
  • 100 gm lettuce leaf
  • 150 gm grated cheese-cheddar
  • 50 gm sliced black olives
  • 2 cloves finely chopped garlic
  • 10 gm chilli powder
  • 50 gm finely chopped onion
  • 2 pinches salt
  • 10 gm mint leaves
  • 20 gm sour cream

How to make Christmas Nachos

Step 1

Heat some oil in a flat pan and sauté chopped veggies, adding seasoning to it.

Step 2

Arrange lettuce leaves on platter base, then placing jalapeno nacho crisps evenly over it in form of single layer.

Step 3

Top the nachos layer with baked beans (use re-fried beans, if available) and chopped veggies.

Step 4

Repeat the same layering procedure on top of first layer till a four to five layer nacho crisps pyramid is created. Season it well.

Step 5

Add a layer of grated cheddar cheese on top, and place the platter in a pre-heated oven till cheese melts.

Step 6

Garnish with dollop of sour cream and mint, and serve along with variety of dips.


Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes

Got extra turkey? You’ll look forward to digging in with these crave-worthy recipes (that will have your leftovers used up in no time).

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Which one of these incredible leftover Thanksgiving recipes will you make first?

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