Leftover Turkey Quesadilla

Quesadillas are amazing food! You can make them in a rush with just some cheese in the microwave (a go-to quick meal when we were in college – thanks to a good friend who introduced it to us, not crispy but still perfect with a bowl of sour cream). As a Grown-Up, I love to just throw a tortilla shell into a pan – a mix of flavors from the cheese and a bit of spice to add some extra flavor to kick it up… cooked over medium heat and flipped for a few minutes. Served with just some sour cream or your favorite salsa or fresh guacamole or even taken to the next level with a family-favorite chili – its a go-to “we aren’t cooking tonight” dinner!

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Luckily for all of us, since Quesadillas are so easily adaptable, they are the perfect carrier for all of your favorite leftovers (hello steak or chicken quesadilla, OR even a pizza-dilla with leftover Italian ingredients). This Turkey Quesadilla can be made with a mix of your favorite leftovers from your holiday (Thanksgiving/Christmas/Easter/whatever) dinner. I could see this being delicious with Ham, Cheese, Spinach OR Turkey, Cheese, and Cranberry. For this specific version I loaded the inside of the shells with a mixture of turkey, stuffing, green bean casserole, cheddar and monterey jack cheeses! The sauce is a delicious mixture of homemade cranberry sauce, sour cream, and chipotle (or in the case of Mr. Chef – gravy).

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Leftover Turkey Quesadilla
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Serves: 1
  • 2 soft shell tortillas
  • approx. ¼ cup shredded turkey
  • less than ¼ cup each of stuffing and green been casserole
  • approx ⅓ cup cheese (Monterey Jack, Cheddar, etc)
  • 2 Tablespoons Cranberry Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle sauce
  • 3 Tablespoons Ranch
  1. Mix up all ingredients in the sauce, taste, and adjust as you like.
  2. Place a Tortilla Shell into a large pan over medium heat. Layer in about half of your cheese and then all of your leftover ingredients. Finish off with the rest of your cheese and the other shell. After a few minutes when the first side begins to brown - flip and allow to melt and brown on the other side.
  3. Cut into quarters and enjoy with Cranberry Dipping Sauce or Re-Heated Cranberry Sauce
ALL measurements are approximate and feel free to add/subtract as required

This quesadilla can be served with the suggested sauce, gravy, or even your favorite salsa!


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And I leave you with this, Today’s Question of the Day… What is your favorite way to enjoy leftovers (especially Holiday Leftovers)?

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