Turkey Leftovers: Two Wonderful Ways

One of the perks of being in charge of the turkey this year, is all the leftover meat! On Friday night, I was browsing Tastespotting as a break from my advanced tax transactions take home and found a recipe for some yummy Creamy Mexican Turkey Soup.
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It was easy to make and allowed me to use up some leftover broth and whole milk from other Thanksgiving recipes (I mixed in skim to make the “1% milk” the recipe calls for). I also doubled the amount of corn because I love corn. It was mellow with a hint of spice. Throw in some more peppers if you can handle it.

Since I still had a TON of turkey left after making (and finishing all the leftovers) of the Creamy soup, I thought I should make some turkey chili. I had tagged a recipe in Nov’s Gourmet that just looked perfect for leftovers. Indeed it was. The recipe calls for two kinds of chili powder, including chipotle chile power which lends a hit of smokiness.
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I added a jalapeno since I had one on hand and chopped up a few cloves of garlic to saute with the onions and the peppers.
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It was perfect for this snowy/sleety Sunday night. This will be a keeper since it could be easily made with leftover chicken. I ate mine with a dollop of creamy sour cream to mellow a little of the spice.

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Now it is time for me to hunker down for finals since I will be done in 12 days!?!…and I have barely begun to outline-no joke :( I get my 2nd take home (yes-I have two this semester and I HATE them) on Tuesday, then I have two real finals to study for which come up the following Thursday and Friday and then I am DONE until 2009! Can you tell that I am a bit burned out from school? :-P

Try both of these recipes if you still are eating away at leftover turkey. I’m not sure which is my favorite! Head over to Recipe Girl to see Lori make her creamy style soup.

Turkey Chili
Adapted from Gourmet-Nov. 2008 p. 10
* 1 large white onion, coarsely chopped
* 2 bell peppers (any color**), cut into 1-inch pieces
* 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
* 1 tablespoon chili powder
* 1 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
* 2 teaspoons packed brown sugar
* 1 (28-oz) can whole tomatoes in juice
* 1 (19-oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
* 1/2 cup water
* 2 cups cooked turkey, cut into 1-inch pieces
Cook onion and peppers in oil in a heavy medium pot over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until golden, 12 to 15 minutes. Add spices and brown sugar and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add tomatoes with juice, breaking them up with back of a spoon, then add beans, water, and 1 tsp salt and simmer, covered, 15 minutes. Stir in turkey and let stand, covered, until heated through, 5 minutes.

**I used green because that was the only kind that Treasure Island had in stock that weren’t from Latin America and were actually grown in the US….I am going to miss farmer’s market season…

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4 responses to “Turkey Leftovers: Two Wonderful Ways

  1. The soup looks great! I also use the turkey to make leftover chili. I love turkey chili. I also love Chicago.

  2. Glad you enjoyed the soup! Now I’ll have to try your chili!

  3. Carolina-It was really a great recipe.

    RecipeGirl-I’m already planning to make it again when I roast a chicken, I hope you enjoy the chili, it was very tasty. But it is kinda hard to go wrong with chili!

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