Thanksgiving leftovers don’t have to leave you cold

CHARLES TOWN – Here’s an idea worth chewing over: The right recipes can transform all those Thanksgiving leftovers into dishes you and yours will enjoy almost as much as Thursday’s showcase meal.

Here are three ideas:

Crunchy Turkey Salad

1 1/4 pounds turkey breast, diced

Salt and freshly ground pepper (to taste)

1 cup chopped scallions

3/4 cup chopped celery

1/3 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing

2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard

1 cup seedless red grapes, halved

1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted

3 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

2 Tablespoons snipped fresh chives

Your favorite sandwich bread or salad greens

In a medium mixing bowl, place chopped turkey and season with salt and pepper. Add the remaining ingredients (except the bread or greens) and stir to combine. Serve on sandwich bread or atop greens for a hearty salad.

Turkey-Corn Chili

1 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

1 medium onion, chopped

1 large bell pepper, red or green, chopped

1 bay leaf, fresh or dried

1 1/2 pounds light and dark meat cooked turkey, diced

2 Tablespoons chili powder

2 Tablespoons ground cumin

2 cups leftover corn

1 32-ounce can chunky-style crushed tomatoes

2 cups chicken broth

2 scallions, white and greens, chopped

Heat a deep pot over medium high heat. Add oil, vegetables and bay leaf. Cook vegetables 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in diced turkey and season with chili powder and cumin. Add corn, tomatoes and broth. Stir well, adjust seasonings if necessary, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes. Garnish with chopped scallions and serve.

Turkey and Stuffing Sandwich

2 slices of your favorite sandwich bread

Mayonnaise or salad dressing

Turkey breast leftovers

Leftover stuffing

Leftover cranberry sauce

Served hot or cold, the sandwich is a tasty sweet-and-savory combination – and you can use up several leftovers in one fell swoop. For the warm version, toast sandwich bread and heat turkey and stuffing. Then spread mayo on bread, layer on turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce and enjoy.

The sandwich is equally good straight from the fridge. Just spread mayo on bread, layer your leftovers and dig in.

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