Friday, November 20, 2015

Leftover Turkey Enchiladas

Ok, so I know you are feverishly planning your Thanksgiving dinner.  You probably already have the turkey defrosting.  No?  Better look to see if that turkey needs to start thawing.  Anyhow, so you are planning or at least thinking about what you are going to serve.  Chop, chop people.  Thanksgiving is less than a week away.  Well, I am going to skip past that and go right to that leftover turkey.  Yes, you can serve leftovers in the exact same form as you did before. Or, you can make something more spectacular!  Leftover turkey becomes...

See what I mean!  FABULOUS!

Corn tortillas are stuffed with leftover turkey and cheese.  Then a home-made enchilada sauce smothers the whole thing.  The flavors meld together and form the perfect leftover turkey meal.

inspired by Southern Living December 2014
4 banana peppers, seeded and chopped
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 Tbsp garlic, minced
15 ounce tomato sauce
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 Tbsp chili powder
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp salt
8 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
12 corn tortillas
4 cups shredded turkey (leftover turkey)
4 ounce Cheddar cheese, shredded
fresh cilantro
Bring tomato sauce, chicken broth, chopped onion, chopped banana peppers, garlic, chili powder, cumin, oregano and salt to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to simmer for 10-15 minutes.  Remove from heat and cool 10 minutes.  Place in a blender and pulse until smooth.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Place 1 cup of sauce into the bottom of a 9" x 13" pan. 
Take each tortilla and spread with a small spoonful of sauce.  Top with turkey and some Monterey Jack cheese.  Roll and place in the baking pan, seam side down. Once all corn tortillas have been filled and rolled, pour the remaining sauce over top.  Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes.  Top enchiladas with remaining shredded Monterey Jack cheese and Cheddar cheese.  Return the pan to the oven and cook and additional 5-8 minutes, or until cheese is melted.  Let stand 10 minutes before serving.  Top with fresh, chopped cilantro.

Pretty simple to throw together and the result...THE BEST LEFTOVER Thanksgiving meal EVER!

Celebrate the little things that make life sweet,

You may also like these leftover Thanksgiving recipes:

Thanksgiving Pizza

Cranberry BBQ Sauce

Turkey and Hummus Club Sandwich

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