Turkey Cranberry Enchiladas

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I don't mind eating an endless parade of turkey sandwiches the weekend after Thanksgiving.  A good roll, mayonnaise, and some cranberry sauce compliment the left over bird just fine for me.  However, some people like a more creative way to re-purpose mounds of good turkey meat.  This recipe has flavor and creativity in spades.

Instead of using my spiced whole berry cranberry sauce, I like to use a simple and spiceless cranberry sauce in lieu of the canned version called for in the original recipe.  I also like to make my own salsa, but you can certainly use the salsa of your preference.  The black beans add more substance while the spices and chipotle in adobe add a good zing to create a balance of sweet and savory that is perfect for this time of year.  Serve it with a simple salad or, in this case, a side of sweet potato hash.

Other ways to use leftovers...

Turkey and Sweet Potato Croquettes with Cranberry Apple Salsa

Turkey and Sausage Gumbo

Turkey Chilaques (substitute turkey for the chicken)

Red Cabbage Slaw with Cranberry Vinaigrette

Sweet Potato Strips with Lime Salt

Printable Recipe

Turkey Cranberry Enchiladas
serves 8

2 1/2 cups shredded cooked turkey
1 1/2 cups whole berry cranberry sauce, divided (recipe follows)
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 1/2 cups fire roasted salsa, divided
1 1/2 cups (6-ounces) Chihuahua cheese, grated
1/2 cup Mexican crema or sour cream
4 green onions, finely sliced, plus more for garnish
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for garnish
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 chipotle pepper in adobe, finely chopped (optional)
1 Tablespoon adobe sauce, divided
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
8 (7-8 inch) flour tortillas

Preheat the oven to 350ยบ F.  Lightly coat a 3-quart baking dish with non-stick cooking spray; set aside.

In a large bowl combine the turkey, half the cranberry sauce, beans, 1/2 cup of the salsa, half of the cheese, sour cream, green onions, cilantro, cumin, chipotle (if using), 2 teaspoons adobe sauce, salt and pepper. Spoon about 2/3 cup of filling onto each tortilla.  Roll up tortillas around filling.  Place seam sides down in prepared baking dish; set aside

In a medium bowl, stir together the remaining cranberry sauce, remaining salsa, and remaining teaspoon of adobe sauce.  Spoon over filled tortillas.  Cover the dish with aluminum foil.  Bake for 45 minutes.  Uncover and top with the remaining cheese.  Bake 5-10 minutes more or until heated through and cheese is melted.  Garnish with additional chopped green onions and cilantro.  Serve. Enjoy!

Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce

1 (12-ounce) bag fresh cranberries
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1/2 cup water
Pinch of kosher salt

In a medium saucepan bring all the ingredients to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook until the cranberries have burst and the mixture has thickened, about 15-20 minutes.  Transfer the sauce to a bowl to cool.  Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.  Bring to room temperature before serving. Enjoy!

Source: Enchiladas adpated from midwestliving.com, Cranberry Sauce from The Galley Gourmet

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