Leftovers have feelings too

Yes, this is a meal of leftovers

It’s sort of feeling like the week after Thanksgiving around here….

Smoked Turkey Tostadas

  • 2 1/2 cups chopped smoked turkey or grilled chicken
  • 1/2 an onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 14.5 ounce can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 chipotle in adobo, rinsed and diced
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp hot sauce, such as Tapatio
  • salt/pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • mild cheese of your choice, as much or as little as you want
  • about four tostadas
  • 1 cup cooked white or saffron rice

Heat olive oil in a skillet and saute onions and garlic until tender. Add turkey, chipotle and diced tomatoes. Cook until thick and water is evaporated, about 10-15 minutes. Season with paprika and hot sauce. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Divide rice and poultry mix over the tostadas. Sprinkle with cilantro and cheese.

Note: The rice above is very special and you might not be able to replicate it at home. It’s cooked in vegetable broth, which had red cabbage as its main ingredient. The rice had a lovely purple tinge, but tasted just like any other white rice.

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28 Responses to Leftovers have feelings too

  1. Yum! This is exactly what I felt like for supper last night but since we are traveling I had to settle on something else. Love the spicy sauce!

  2. Kristy says:

    Looks good to me! These are some pretty tasty leftovers. πŸ™‚

  3. Mr. Fed Up says:

    Nice way to finish off leftovers.

    I just had to figure out what to do with the crud in my kitchen:
    http://fedupfood.com/2012/05/16/the-proof-is-in-the-pudding/

  4. ChgoJohn says:

    Leftovers have feelings? Great! They can commiserate with the little man that shuts off the refrigerator light.

    These tostadas look perfect!

    • Brillaint – I thought I was the only one to have a little man like that in my fridge! Lovely use for the leftovers, which are often just as good as the main event!

  5. Did you say chipotle? These are my kind of left-overs!

  6. Carolyn Chan says:

    Love the heading ! And also love the recipe. Leftovers are great !

  7. Lovely use of leftovers.
    πŸ™‚ Mandy

  8. Tandy says:

    I love using leftovers in creative ways, so thanks for the recipe πŸ™‚

  9. they do, mine told me so, Greg. Looks lovely.

  10. Eva Taylor says:

    I like the sound of that saffron rice, Greg. I wondering if a tostada is the same as a fajita, I’m google-ing it now.

  11. That looks so good. Yum!

  12. rutheh says:

    We’re you inspired to do natural tie-dye rice?
    Looks delicious

  13. KarenCooking says:

    Respect the leftovers. Looks great!

  14. sallybr says:

    We love our leftovers! Although we sometimes share them with the pups –

    Greg, I am wondering about the rice – in the original recipe it calls for chicken broth, so in this one you just used something like V8 to cook it in????

    we are having Mexican dinner tonight, with home made corn tortillas – can hardlly wait!

  15. Mmm I love the adobo chile flavor!

  16. Mad Dog says:

    Sounds good leftover or not πŸ˜‰

  17. Courtney says:

    I’m so glad you made those leftovers feel better. You guys are so nice.

  18. spree says:

    You treat your leftovers better than some people treat each other! This looks like perfect warm weekend fare, along with whole-fruit margaritas and some sweet company! Enjoy the weekend you two!

  19. A_Boleyn says:

    The pretty mauve rice just makes the dish more colourful but I’m sure regular rice (or a batch cooked with some tomato juice or diced tomatoes) would be just as tasty.

  20. Oh, boy.. and now you have left-overs that look like this? You’re so amazing.. my left-overs.. well, look like left-overs.. (not trying to hurt anyone’s feelings here..)

  21. Well, those look like some awesome feelings!

  22. I am usually the leftover eater in my household and think some things taste better the next day, like lasgna, taco meat and chili. Have a Great Weekend!

  23. This seems like a lovely way to create a very fresh flavor with leftovers. Nice dish.

  24. SimpleP says:

    Looks fresh and tasty. You obviously have a way with leftovers πŸ™‚

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