Tempting turkey leftovers

Your family frowning about all that turkey left in the fridge? No one in the family into cold or hot turkey sandwiches? Fool 'em! Turkey is incredibly versatile and can take on a new and wonderful flavor when spiced or seasoned with something other than sage, oregano and thyme.

Give these favorites a try­­

Fabulous Turkey Spread

1/2lb turkey cooked and skinned

1/4c sliced celery, sliced green onion and ricotta cheese

2Tbsp light cream cheese

1 tsp butter and Worcestershire sauce

1/4 tsp hot sauce­­ optional

Place turkey and all ingredients in a food processor, and process until smooth. Allow to sit a few hours or over night to blend flavor. Serve with crackers or raw vegetables.

While you have the food processor out, blend some extra turkey until smooth. You can then freeze it to use later in your favorite meat ball of meat loaf recipe. Don't know what to do with the stuffing? If your family likes stuffing and doesn't tire of the "traditional" taste, blend a batch of turkey in the processor with stuffing. Bake or fry in a loaf or balls. Form the turkey paste into patties with or without stuffing and serve like a hamburger with their favorite toppings­­ cheese, onion, tomato, pickle. Or try these­­

Turkey Meat Balls

1 lb processed turkey

1/2c cracker crumbs

1 egg

1 Tbsp oil

1/4 tsp salt & pepper

2 Tbsp grated onion, garlic, celery­­ optional, use one or all

1/2c barbecue sauce­­ preferably from the health food store

Blend together turkey, egg, half of cracker crumbs, oil, salt & pepper, onion, garlic and celery. Form into one inch balls and roll or shake in bag with remaining cracker crumbs. Bake on a cookie sheet at 350° for 20 minutes or until firm. Place in a covered baking dish with barbecue sauce and bake for another 20 minutes. Serve as an appetizer or in sandwiches of pita bread.

Blackened Turkey Salad

2c turkey cubed, cooked and skinned

Seasoning mix for blackened meat

2c Romaine or leaf lettuce

1-2 boiled eggs

other salad greens & fixins' as desired­­ green or red onion, peppers, cucumber, sprouts

Heat iron skillet to high heat with 1 teaspoon oil and seasoning mix. Add turkey and sear as directed. Allow to cool a few minutes then pile on top of salad bowl. Serve with your favorite salad dressing.

Mix turkey cubes with your favorites for sandwiches­­ walnuts, grapes, cream cheese, mayo, celery. Enjoy!

Till next time, Rebecca.

Posted to Zephyr Online November 27, 1998
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