Post-Thanksgiving Day Tactics for the Turkey-Challenged
There's a proliferation of advice out there to get you through the hectic abundance of Thanksgiving Day. But what about after the fact? When dishes are stacking up and there's so much leftover turkey it's coming out your ears? Not that you have anything against turkey, but an 18-pounder can leave even the most creative of cooks in quite a quandary come the day after Thanksgiving. Not to worry. While all your relatives are still glued to the sofa, we're going to help you whip up a few dishes that not only taste great but make your refrigerator space more manageable and your kitchen less like a disaster area.
For a change of pace from the traditional, try out our Turkey Enchiladas with Pepper Salsa. Just spoon a creamy mixture of turkey, green onions and Monterey jack cheese into the center of flour tortillas. Roll 'em up, place in a baking dish, sprinkle with more cheese and bake for 20 minutes. Serve topped with an olive pepper salsa spiked with cilantro, lime juice and Tabasco brand Pepper Sauce.
For a quick dish with a totally different take on turkey, there's Turkey Curry served over white rice. And it only takes 30 minutes from start to finish. Aromatic vegetables like onion, carrot and garlic - plus curry powder, ginger and Tabasco Sauce - give it a wonderful pungency, with raisins adding just a touch of sweetness. To make it even more fun, serve with small bowls of chopped peanuts or cashew nuts, shredded coconut, thinly sliced green onions, slivers of orange zest and mango chutney.
And finally, for a taste from yet another part of the world, cook up Turk A-Leekie Soup in the hearty Scottish tradition. Barley, leeks, prunes (trust us on this one), and Tabasco Sauce give the turkey meat and broth real character and amazing flavor. Served with crusty bread, it's a meal any guest will appreciate.
Still laden with leftover turkey? Toss chunks of the stuff into fresh green salads, or slice it thin for sandwiches and top with melted cheese or cranberry sauce. Use turkey in recipes that usually call for veal or chicken, such as veal scalloppine or chicken parmesan. Whatever you do, top it with Tabasco brand Pepper Sauce to enhance its characteristic flavor.
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