The leftovers. What to do with all the leftovers.
Look no further than my Thanksgiving Quesadillas!
I don’t know about your house but in my house anything tex-mex night rules. Taco night is a favorite dinner night along with anything else Mexican.
The wife is known by some of our friends for her quesadillas – mostly the friends kids. She can do all sorts of fillings that are amazing…but what do the kids want?
Chicken and cheese. But they really love them because they’re so crispy on the outside…the wife has a secret for that.
So it was her idea to take our Thanksgiving leftovers and turn them into quesadillas – a leftover dinner that the whole family will love.
The wife’s secret to her crispy quesadillas? Mayonnaise. Instead of using olive oil or butter she spreads thin layers of mayonnaise on the outside of the tortillas. They are so full of flavor and crisp, I think that’s why the kids love them so much.
All you have to do is grab some leftover turkey, stuffing and cheese. We make our sausage stuffing every year but any stuffing you have will work out fine.
First have all of your ingredients ready. Then spread some mayo on one tortilla, lay it down in a dry pan and then start adding your toppings.
Cover with another tortilla and press down with a dinner plate.
When the bottom is brown, flip (carefully, I should have posted a video of me trying to flip these..still learning) If you don’t have mad quesadilla flipping skills like the wife, you can transfer it to a plate, flip the plate over and then slide it back into the skillet.
That’s what I ended up doing. Mad flipping skills still to come…
Once the other side is brown, slide it out to a cutting board and repeat with your other tortillas.
If you have any leftover gravy it makes the perfect dipping sauce for these quesadillas. If you don’t, grab a pack of McCormick® Turkey Gravy at the store, it takes about a minute to put together and sometimes I think the kids even like it better!
Cranberry sauce sitting in the fridge? Layer that in the quesadillas or use it for dipping too.
Everyone ended up loving these so much, we might have to make them all year round!
Kind of like we do with my favorite sausage stuffing…
- 4 large whole wheat tortillas
- 2 cups shredded turkey
- 2 cups stuffing, chopped
- 1 8 oz. bag shredded mozzarella or white cheddar cheese
- leftover gravy
- leftover cranberry sauce
- Heat a large skillet to medium-high heat.
- Spread a very thin layer of mayonnaise on one side of a tortilla and place in the hot skillet.
- Spread a thin layer of mayonnaise on another tortilla and have it ready on your board.
- Take one cup of the shredded turkey and spread in an even layer on the tortilla.
- Now, take one cup of the chopped up stuffing and spread that evenly over the turkey.
- Add half of the bag of shredded cheese, spread out evenly, then top with the other tortilla, mayonnaise side up.
- Press down with a dinner plate and let cook for 2-3 minutes.
- Check the bottom with a spatula to see if it's brown, careful not to let it burn.
- ONce the bottom is browned, take the plate off the top and carefully flip the quesadilla over with a large spatula.
- Or, you can slide the quesadilla out onto a board, then top with a dinner plate and flip over to carefully slide back into the skillet.
- Cook for another 2-3 minutes on the second side, pressing down with the dinner plate on top.
- Remove to a board and repeat with the other quesadilla.
- Cut each quesadilla into quarters and serve with warmed up gravy for dipping and leftover cranberry sauce on the side.
- You can make these even if you don't have leftovers. Use sliced turkey from the deli or buy a rotisserie chicken and a boxed stuffing mix. You can dress it up with mushrooms, sausage or whatever you put in your regular stuffing. When we don't have homemade gravy, we use McCormick gravy packets. We always have them on hand for a gravy fix!