Thanksgiving has come and gone, the multi-course meal ending with full bellies and happy smiles. And while the day’s celebrations may be over, if you’re like most families, the leftovers – including an ample amount of turkey – remain. While it’s easy enough to warm up a plate of leftovers (or even eat them cold straight from the fridge!), this year we’re looking forward to using those turkey leftovers to prepare a few delicious and decidedly Latin meals. From savory, crunchy turkey tostadas topped with spicy savina pepper barbecue sauce to an elegant Elena Ruz sandwich made by pressing moist turkey between slices of crusty bread spread with cream cheese, here are three simple recipes with which to give your leftovers a Latin makeover.
Savina Pepper and Tamarind BBQ Sauce Turkey Tostadas
Savina peppers are among the hottest chiles in the world (approximately 65 times hotter than jalapeño chiles!), but they’re the star in a spicy-sweet barbecue sauce recipe created by Mexican food blogger Ericka Sanchez. Using shredded leftover turkey and a few simple ingredients you most likely have on hand (fresh cilantro, red onion and corn tortillas), it’s easy to whip up this mouth-watering recipe sure to wake up your taste buds after the heavy Thanksgiving meal. Check out the recipe here.
Green Chile Turkey Enchiladas
It’s rare to meet a person that doesn’t absolutely love enchiladas, so what better way to use up the last of the turkey leftovers than with a pan of enchiladas made with savory green chile sauce? Made creamy with a generous amount of cheese and topped with slices of ripe avocado, this recipe from the talented ladies over at Muy Bueno Cookbook is sure to become a new family favorite. Check out the recipe here.
Turkey Sandwich Elena Ruz
A Cuban sandwich of a different sort, this elegant sandwich features sliced turkey tucked between slices of medianoche bread spread with cream cheese. Named for socialite Elena Ruz, who first had this sandwich made to her specifications at Havana café El Carmelo during the 1930s, the sandwich usually features strawberry jam, but can be made with leftover cranberry sauce. Ana Sofia Pelaez – of the beautiful blog Hungry Sofia – shares her recipe for the sandwich, as well as for the pan de medianoche. Check out the recipe here.