Right about now, you are staring at the huge pile of Turkey pondering ‘What Leftover Turkey Recipes am I going to use this Turkey in?’ Yes, there is always Turkey Pot Pie but I have something else for you to think about.
How about using the leftover turkey in a cajun pasta recipe? I found the recipe to resemble chicken cacciatore in flavor and to be comforting and a perfect way to use the Turkey Leftovers when you are tired of tasting turkey. You can also toss in any leftover vegetables you have to add texture. If you have no family members shy about heat, add more Cajun seasoning.
Creamy Turkey Cajun Pasta (Yield 6 servings)
8 ounces whole-wheat pasta
1 tablespoon canola oil
3 slices bacon, chopped
1/2 large sweet onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 medium green bell pepper, sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning or cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon whole wheat flour
1 28-ounce can crushed organic tomatoes (do not drain)
1 pound cooked turkey meat, chopped or shredded
1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream
salt and ground pepper to taste
1.Bring a large pot of water to a boil and Cook pasta per instructions on the package. Drain and set aside.
2.Meanwhile, heat oil in large pot over medium heat. Add bacon and onion and cook until beginning to brown. Add bell pepper, garlic, Cajun seasoning and pepper. Cook for about 4 minutes so that the onion and bell pepper are beginning to soften, stirring constantly.
3.Add the turkey and flour and stir to coat all of the contents. Add the tomatoes (and juice in can) and bring to a simmer. Cook just until everything is hot and the sauce is thickened. Remove from the heat and mix in the sour cream.
4.Add the pasta into the sauce, stir well and serve.
For a Leftover Turkey Recipe that tastes nothing like Thanksgiving Dinner, make this Turkey Tortilla Casserole
What are you favorite leftover Turkey recipes?