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Turkey Tacos

November 25, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving recovery day everyone! Despite all of the face-stuffing we all did yesterday, I’m sure you are in the same boat as us…. left with a fridge full of food. Not entirely by accident mind you, we did make a double portion of stuffing for the sole purpose of leftovers. But they are staring ominously at us none the less.

This Thanksgiving my parents decided to mix it up and rent a cabin near the GA/TN/NC border, in Blue Ridge GA. Just a little more than 3 hours outside Nashville it has been the perfect quiet getaway.

A calm weekend is just what we all needed. At this moment the rocking chair, the sound of squirrels crunching leaves, the mountain sunset and a glass of wine are all I need.

Until its time to eat again.

And it will be soon.

Our Thanksgiving-leftovers tradition has always been Turkey Tacos. I attribute it to my parents growing up in southern Arizona, so close to the border you could practically throw a rock at it. These are not traditional Mexican tacos by any means, and they are about as basic as they come. But they are delicious, they are tradition, and by golly they use up all that dried out white turkey meat. Oh, and they are basically fried too, so there is that flavor bonus.

Happy Thanksgiving leftovers day to all!
Approx 15-20 tacos

3 cups leftover turkey meat, chopped
3/4 cup mexican blend shredded cheese
vegetable oil
corn tortillas
lettuce, tomatoes, salsa & sour cream for topping
Preheat oven to 200 & line a baking sheet with papertowels.

Mix the chopped turkey with the cheese in a large bowl. Lay out several corn tortillas and place about 1/4 cup of the mixture on each tortilla.

In a large saute pan, heat 2-3 Tbs of vegetable oil on medium heat. Place 3-4 tacos folded in half in the saute pan.  (careful not to over crowd the pan, leave enough room to easily flip the taco’s over) Cook until golden brown  and crispy before flipping over, cooking approx 3 minutes on each side.

Place the cooked taco’s on the baking sheet and keep the baking sheet in the oven to keep all the tacos warm. Repeat until all the filling is gone.

Enjoy taco’s filled with the spread of toppings. Just like my beautiful grandma did…

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