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Thanksgiving Turkey Leftover Recipes: Turkey Taquitos

How many times can one pull out the Thanksgiving Dinner and reheat and eat the same meal? In my opinion, no more than two or three times, so I thought I would share a great Turkey recipe for using for using up the leftover Thanksgiving Turkey….

Melissa d’Arabian gets creative with classic Thanksgiving dishes to prepare an entirely new dinner menu to use up all those leftovers. Crunchy and cheesy Turkey Taquitos make the perfect salty foil for sweet and tangy leftover Cranberry Salsa

This recipe for leftover Turkey is sure to stop any ‘We are eating that again?’ complaints.

Turkey Taquitos (Yield 18 servings) 
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes 10 seconds
 
2 cups plus 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 white onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon minced jalapeno
1 1/2 cups shredded turkey
1 1/2 cups shredded jack cheese
1/2 cup Mexican-flavored canned tomatoes, drained and chopped
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
18 white or yellow corn tortillas

Directions
1.Sweat the onion, garlic, and jalapeno in a saute pan with 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil. Remove from the heat and add to a large bowl.

2.To the bowl, add the shredded turkey, cheese, tomatoes and season with salt, and pepper, to taste. Mix the ingredients thoroughly.

3. Warm the tortillas in the microwave for 10 seconds so they are pliable. Fill the tortillas with a tablespoon of filling and roll into a thin taquito, securing with a toothpick. Keep the taquitos covered with a damp towel before cooking otherwise the corn tortillas will dry out and crack.

4.Heat 2 cups oil in a straight-sided pan to 350 degrees F. Place the taquitos in the hot oil in batches and shallow fry until crisp, rolling to cook all sides, about 3 minutes.

Drain the taquitos on paper towels and salt. Remove the toothpicks before serving.

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*Photo and recipe courtesy of Melissa d’Arabian

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