What to Do With Holiday Leftovers?

Holiday Leftovers
Turkey Enchiladas

Holiday Leftovers

What to do with holiday leftovers? For years I would pour over articles looking for new ideas without finding much success instead I got good bread and mayo for sandwiches. After that I struggled.

Ideas for Turkey Holiday Leftovers

Turkey at Christmas always makes me think of a Christmas Carol. I like the idea of recreating a traditional meal going back to the time of Dickens. Nevertheless, the dryness of turkey demands strong seasoning in order to bring it to life. Stir-frying and fried rice are good solutions if you need a meal for a crowd. I’ve tried making turkey soup from leftovers, but I find it pales in comparison to the sweetness and delicacy of chicken.

Cloves and Oregano for Turkey Enchiladas
Cloves and Oregano

Best Turkey Holiday Leftovers

My favorite holiday leftovers meal is turkey enchiladas, so I am republishing my recipe. I think the wild game taste of turkey is best paired with bold flavors. Also, no one in my house notices that they’re having turkey again when it’s enveloped in fragrant spices and covered in cheese. Although I usually rely on Rick Bayless’ Mexican Everyday for Mexican Food ideas, this recipe is partly derived from an article in The New York Times food section.

Avocado for Turkey Enchiladas

Other Holiday Ideas

If you are still looking for an easy holiday side dish, try my recipe for twice-baked potatoes. Also for a last minute hostess gift, try my recipe for lavender sugar.


Turkey Enchiladas

Serves 4 –5


1 16 oz. can fire roasted crushed tomatoes

1 14 oz. can tomato sauce

1 Tablespoon sugar

1 Tablespoon oregano

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon salt

A pinch ground cloves

A pinch of fresh ground pepper


2 Tablespoons canola oil

2 cups turkey

10 corn tortillas

1 cup Monterey Jack cheese

1 avocado, chopped

sour cream

Greased 9 x 13 inch casserole dish

Blend sauce ingredients to make a puree, then heat I tablespoon of canola oil to medium high in a frying pan. Add the sauce all at once and fry, stirring constantly for approximately five minutes. The sauce is done when it has thickened and turned orange.

Preheat oven to 350F. Shred the cheese and grease the casserole dish. Chop the avocado.

Coat the turkey in sauce and warm over medium low heat then dip the tortillas in the sauce. Heat the other tablespoon of canola oil in a small frying pan. Fry each tortilla for a few minutes on each side, then fold and fill with warmed turkey. Add more oil if necessary to finish frying the tortillas. Layer filled tortillas in the casserole dish and  then top with grated cheese. Bake for 30 minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbling and then garnish with avocado and sour cream.


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