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Turkey and Cranberry Quesadillas

Turkey and Cranberry Quesadillas

One of my favorite parts of the holiday turkey dinner is the leftovers! It is always fun trying to come up with new ways of using turkey leftovers in such a way that the leftover meals are just as interesting as the original. Before trying something new though, I had to enjoy my favorite way to use turkey leftovers, the turkey and cranberry sauce sandwich. Once I had satisfied that craving it was time to move on and given that both the turkey and cranberry sauce were done with texmex flavours I was thinking along the lines of turkey and cranberry sauce tacos or better yet quesadillas. Though the cranberry sauce already had jalapenos in it, it was not spicy enough for the heat that I want in a quesadilla so I added some more to the quesadilla along with some cilantro as it is one of my favorite herbs and a texmex staple. The turkey and cranberry sauce quesadillas turned out really well! The sweet, tart and spicy cranberry sauce worked surprisingly well in the quesadillas along with the turkey and the gooey melted cheese. I will definitely be making these again!

Turkey and Cranberry Quesadillas

Thanksgiving turkey dinner leftover quesadillas.


Servings: makes 1 serving

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Printable Recipe
Ingredients
  • 2 (8 inch) flour tortillas
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese such as jack or cheddar
  • 1/4 pound turkey, cooked, shredded
  • 2 tablespoons cranberry sauce
  • 1/2 jalapeno, finely diced
  • 1 green onion, sliced
  • 1 handful cilantro, chopped
Directions
  1. Heat a pan over medium heat, place one tortilla in and top with the half of the cheese followed by the turkey, cranberry sauce, jalapeno, green onion, cilantro and the remaining cheese and tortilla.
  2. Cook the quesadilla until golden brown and the cheese is melted, about 2-4 minutes per side. (You can place a plate on top of the quesadilla in the pan and then flip it onto the plate and slide it from the plate back into the pan to easily flip it without loosing the contents.)

Tip: Place a plate onto the quesadilla and flipped it from the pan to the plate and then slide it back into the pan to flip the quesadilla.

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56 comments:

kamailesfood said...

Mmmm! These sound delicious! I love the bright colors as well. Holiday leftovers are the best.

VeggieGirl said...

Fun twist on the quesadilla!!

Heather said...

holy good lord almighty. those sound so good.

Steph said...

Those look amazing! I love your flavour combinations.

Gigi said...

Great idea for left over turkey! Looks delicious.

ttfn300 said...

just lovely!!

Sharon said...

Perfect for leftovers. I think we have some turkey in the fridge still!

Curt McAdams said...

Nice quesadilla! I love cranberries and turkey... though I've been on a pomegranate and turkey kick lately, too.

culinarycory.com said...

Cranberries everywhere! Your last several posts incorporated cranberries. I'm beginning to think you bought a five pound bag of cranberries. hehe

No Thyme To Cook said...

Those look fantastic! I need to make a turkey just for the leftovers :)

Ginger said...

What the heck!!!!! These look totally awesome. These are on my list to make. Great new flavor combination.

Hayley said...

Looks delicious, and so festive!

HoneyB said...

Looks yummy!

jillian said...

Great idea! I wish I had leftover turkey!

Ann said...

Amazing and eye appealing..

Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer said...

Now that is one good looking and colorful dish and I am sure the taste matches the look!

Darius T. Williams said...

You're on to something here sir - I love this!

-DTW
www.everydaycookin.com

Amy said...

Those look very tasty!

Sara said...

This looks like a great way to use up leftovers!

noobcook said...

What a great use of leftovers, looks amazing

Sharon said...

I've come up with a lot of turkey leftover recipes, but I can't believe I've never thought of this one! Great photo. YUM!

Proud Italian Cook said...

You are genius Kevin, This looks delicious!! Wishing you a heathy and happy New Year Kevin!

Esi said...

Those sound so good. Like the combo of spicy, salty, and sweet.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Oh, what a lovely combination!

Cheers,

Rosa

Brilynn said...

I don't turn nearly enough things into quesadillas, this looks great!

Beachlover said...

this quesadillas really look good and moist!! too bad I throw my leftover turkey away after so many days! Now I know what to do with it!! Happy New Year to you Kevin!

Jan said...

Love the look of those Kevin!

Mrs Erg├╝l said...

you're right! leftovers should be as tasty and interesting as the original meal! great job there!

Antonia said...

Ooh - I love the look of these. What an original way to use turkey leftovers. We have (finally) finished our bird so I'll have to wait 'till next year to try this out!

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Melissa said...

Those look amazing. Anything with cranberry and turkey and cheese is always delish!

Olga said...

what a great take on the classic turkey/cranberry sandwich! I would have tried to sneak mayo in somehow :)

Mila said...

This looks great! I love your pictures!

Dawn said...

Now this is a perfect combo! Very clever to take up a level and into a quesadillas.

Pam said...

Kevin - you are definitely a master with leftovers! Sounds great and I love the picture!

Amanda said...

I wish I liked Mexican food a bit more, you always make really delish looking Mexican stuff! Although technically, I don't know if this counts as Mexican...

Mary said...

Kevin, I must add my voice to the chorus - this is a truly beautiful creation. My congratulations!

Grace said...

this is the epitome of beautiful, healthy, delicious food. fabulous.

Maria said...

The prettiest quesadilla I have ever seen!

Deborah said...

You can never go wrong with quesadillas! These look great!

~Madeline~ said...

Leftovers are my favorite too ;) These sound like a great way to use up leftovers. I also can't wait to try your cranberry sauce with the jalapenos. Delicious! Happy New Year Kevin!

Paula said...

This is a great way to use up leftovers! I like the idea of sweet, tart, and spicy in one!

Claudia Davila (Fran) said...

I made this tonight for dinner -- my husband and I loved it!

Lorraine E said...

Love this combination! Quesadillas are such a quick delicious meal, especially with clever ideas like using turkey leftovers!

Lick My Spoon said...

mmm these look so good! there is a crepe truck in my neighborhood that makes this crepe with those same flavors...love it!

meeso said...

This looks great, really innovative... You have a great blog full of creative recipes!

EAT! said...

Turkey, cranberries, and melted cheese is a great combo. I love this treat after the holidays.

Jan said...

I'm wishing I had some more leftover turkey, then I could make these. I don't think they'd be the same with just cranberries. Ho hum.

inspiredbites said...

Mmm, those look really good. I wish I had some turkey to make them right now.

Helene said...

This looks again like a meal you would find in a restaurant. I like the mix of flavors.

Jaime said...

i love this turkey leftover idea!

Michelle said...

Finding turkey utterly dry and boring, I wish now I cooked with it more so that I can try this recipe!

Poligraph S. said...

I just made this, and you are my new hero.

Marillyn Beard said...

Those look SERIOUSLY good! I wish we had cranberries and turkey here in Costa Rica :o(

Shanna said...

Just made these tonight with our Thanksgiving turkey leftovers. HUGE hit!!! The kids wolfed them down and so did the hubs! Thank you!!

Asta said...

My mouth started watering, mmmmmmm

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