Our Thanksgiving main event begins early afternoon, with turkey and all the side dishes. The traditional snacking and grazing continues until it’s time to re-heat everything for dinner. And later, that inevitable trip to the kitchen in the middle of the night. What to whip up? These quick and easy quesadillas using leftovers are the way to go.
Leftover turkey with sliced granny smith apple and red onion……..
……..and cheese……leftover cheese ball, cheese cubes from the relish tray, or any cheese you like…..
………with your favorite bbq sauce creates a savory-sweet zesty combination. Above is sweet dark molasses bbq sauce, any kind will do.
A tortilla goes into the skillet, buttered side down. Spread with sauce and add the cheese.
Top with apple and onion slices. (If you want more heat and a kick, add sliced jalapeno or pinch of cayenne.)
Then the second tortilla goes on top, buttered side up. Cook at medium heat for 3 or 4 minutes until the cheese begins to melt. Then flip using a large spatula and cook 2 more minutes. If you begin to flip it and it falls apart, let it cook longer so the cheese melts enough to hold everything together, then flip it.
Tip: cover with a lid as it cooks, the cheese will melt faster.
Use a very sharp knife or pizza cutter to cut into pie shaped wedges. It will crunch as you slice. Using a skillet is so much better than putting it in a microwave and missing out on that crunchy buttery bite.
Mix crema (or sour cream) with the juice and zest of 2 limes….
…..and drizzle over the top, along with matchstick cut apples and finely diced onion. Lots of flavor for such a simple meal. First you taste that creamy zesty lime, then buttery crunch of tortilla. Next comes bbq turkey, snap of green apple and onion and finally gooey cheese. Serve with a side of bbq sauce (or pico de gallo, or salsa) and everyone will congratulate you on your lickety-split leftovers quesadillas.
Wishing everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving, and that we all have many opportunities to tell the people in our lives all of things we’re thankful for. After all, gratitude is the memory of the heart. Here’s a quote that’s been on my mind all week….
For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything thy goodness sends.
— by Ralph Waldo Emerson
I’d Order That…..
TURKEY QUESADILLAS with Apple, BBQ Sauce, Cheese & Lime Crema
- 2/3 cups Mexican crema (or sour cream)
- juice and zest of 2 limes
- 3 Tblsp butter (room temperature)
- 8 flour tortillas (7 - 8 inch diameter)
- 1 cup bar-b-que sauce (reserve half for serving on the side)
- 1/2 cup sliced or grated cheese (brie, pepper jack or other)
- 1 1/3 cups shredded turkey meat
- 1 1/2 granny smith apple (thin sliced)
- 1/2 granny smith apple (matchstick cut)
- 1 medium red onion (sliced thin, 2 T. diced for garnish)
Makes: 4 servings
This is my favorite Thanksgiving leftovers go-to recipe. Often times I use leftover cheese cubes or cheese ball. Brie cheese or pepper cheese are also great.
For more of a kick, add sliced jalapeno.
|Mix the crema with the lime juice and zest. Refrigerate until ready to use.|
|Heat a large skillet to medium heat. Butter 1 side of a tortilla and place butter side down into the skillet.|
|Spread 1 tablespoon bbq sauce onto the tortilla.|
|Top with 2 tablespoons cheese, 1/3 cup shredded turkey, thin slices of apple and red onion. If desired for more kick, add sliced jalapeno.|
|Butter another tortilla and place on top, butter side up.|
|Cover with skillet lid and cook until the cheese melts, about 3 - 4 minutes. Flip with a large spatula and cook another 2 minutes. (If you flip and it starts to fall apart, let it cook a bit longer so the cheese melts to hold everything together, then flip.)|
|Move to a cutting board. Using a sharp knife, cut into 6 pie shaped pieces.|
|Plate with dollops of lime crema, diced red onion and side of bbq sauce. Repeat for remaining quesadillas. |