I had just a bit of leftover turkey left and I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. A while ago I had come across a post about turkey sushi on Beach Lover’s Kitchen that had sounded really interesting. I always enjoy eating sushi out but I had only tried to make it at home once before and it was just a simple cucumber sushi. It was the perfect chance to try making sushi at home again even if it was not a more classical sushi. I still had some cranberry sauce left and there was no question that that would go into the turkey sushi and I thought that I would finish it off with some creamy avocado. I still need more practice rolling sushi but despite the fact that the turkey was not in the center of the roll the turkey and cranberry sushi turned out really well. The cool, creamy and savoury avocado and mayonnaise went surprisingly well with the sweet and tart cranberry sauce and turkey. The seasoned rice and nori finished it off nicely for a light great tasting meal.
My turkey leftovers are all gone now but I had a great time with them. I think that I might have even enjoyed the leftovers more than original meal. I am looking forward to the next time I have roast turkey.
Turkey and Cranberry Sushi
- 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup rice short grain rice (sushi rice) (cooked as directed)
- 4 sheets nori
- 1 cup turkey (cooked and shredded)
- 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
- 4 tablespoons cranberry sauce
- 1 avocado (stoned, scooped and cut into thin strips)
- Heat the vinegar, sugar and salt until dissolved.
- Pour the liquid on the warm rice and let sit for a few minutes.
- Place rice on nori to cover half of the sheet.
- Mix the turkey and the mayonnaise and place on the rice in a single line.
- Add the cranberry sauce and avocado.
- Roll the nori up and slice into bite sized pieces.
Never thought of using leftover turkey for sushi! Another option for next year’s leftover turkey!
The Culinary Sherpas says
Looks YUMMY Kevin! Nice job rolling, alas, I will never be a sushi chef. sniff sniff
What an interesting idea! It looks delicious. Glad you had so much fun with leftovers – I’m about to roast a turkey myself so I’ve been making many mental notes 🙂
Clumbsy Cookie says
Very nice Kevin, I’m sure I would like this, since I tried sushi with strawberries a while ago and really liked it!
I love sushi but I’ve never tried turkey before. And it looks delicious. I’ll definitely try this.
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Very creative! I love the punch of red in these sushi rolls.
Get out of town. Definitely never thought of that. Very cool idea and very nicely rolled sushi as well sir.
Instead of soy sauce do you use gravy? 🙂
A great East-and-West-Meet kind of recipe.
Love it! Your leftover creations are just wonderful! YUM!
Kevin, I think there is nothing you can’t cook! I am terrified of making sushi rice, did you make it yourself? My husband loves sushi, but I always buy them.
I have been craving sushi, but can’t have raw fish since I’m pregnant – maybe this would satisfy my craving!!
OMG, We haven’t gone to Japanese restaurant since the holiday season. This one is a new and interesting recipe Kevin. I am sure it delicious. You are very creative.
Slowly coming around on the whole sushi thing. This one sounds yummy though.
oh wow, i love it!!! hehe 🙂
Kevin, they’re delicious, little works of art!
Great leftover idea Kevin!
Nice job, that looks very interesting!
The last of the turkey leftover?
I think it was a great finale.
your turkey maki look great Kevin!! you nail it good!! don’t worried about the shape,as you said practise make perfect!! I still have canberry sauce ,maybe I should add into it as yours! thanks!
Rosa's Yummy Yums says
Interesting and surely scrumptious!
Hee! I’m trying to figure out what went wrong in the rolling, but there’s plenty of online tutorials out there– I’m sure the next one will be perfect. As for taste however, I’m sure these were delicious!
That’s such a great idea! I love sushi.
I’m all out of turkey and cranberry, but I’ll have to keep this in mind next time! what a cool idea!
Wow…sushi looks yummy! I always thought sushi was only made of fish 🙂
Rita: The sushi rice was pretty easy to make. You just make the short grained rice (which is stickier than long grained rice) as normal and then add a mixture of rice wine vinegar, sugar and salt.
This is a new one. I love sushi!
I have always avoided sushi in the belief that it was all raw fish. This looks and sounds really good, and what an interesting way to use turkey leftovers.
Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) says
One of the most enjoyable classes I ever taught was a sushi class for kids. Not only were they great at rolling the sushi, but they also came up with some great combinations. Their two favorites were bacon and eggs (with strips of scrambled egg), and epeanut butter and jelly sushi!
Mrs Ergül says
you are really creative in the kitchen Kevin! turkey in sushi, this is the first time I have heard of turkey in sushi!
you’re a cranberry and turkey fiend! this looks so good. what a creative twist 🙂
Thanks Kevin! I will add it to my “to do/to conquer” list.
What fun! That’s my kind of sushi.
What an incredible and fun idea! Love sushi as well but never thought of straying from the obvious. Yum!
How do you keep the leftover turkey from tasting like “leftover turkey?”
Now that is a truly innovative way to use up leftover turkey! 🙂
What a great idea! Way better than boring leftover turkey sandwiches.
wow what a great way to use up leftover turkey!
Ohhh yummy i love sushi that looks great! ^^
haha! this is unusual and fun. Perhaps you could even sub mashed potatoes for the rice, then it would thanksgiving wrapped in seaweed 🙂 yummy.
Technically what you made was makizushi, rice wrapped in nori, or rice wrapped around nori.
Bharati Naik says
I is really great idia.. Thanks for sharing.
Love that idea sharing with family and friends Thanksgiving sushi sound so elegant without the craziness of a big bird on the table
We have sautéed mushrooms every holiday…will add them into the Sushi on Thanksgiving and some cream cheese too 👍