Got leftovers? It seems as though we always have leftovers taking up the fridge space for days after Thanksgiving. This is not necessarily a bad thing … it just means less dinner prep for the next day or so.
Traditional turkey dinners for Thanksgiving are about as American as you can get, so why not try putting a Mediterranean twist to your leftover recipes! Here are a couple quick, easy, and delicious ideas:
Open Face Turkey Sandwich – With a Mediterranean Touch
Ingredients to make 4 sandwiches:
- 2 Tbsp Pesto Sauce
- 4 slices Fresh Baked Italian Bread (found in Festival’s Bakery Department)
- 12 oz sliced, cooked turkey (about 4 slices)
- 4 slices red onion
- ¼ cup red bell peppers
- 4 slices provolone cheese
What to do:
- Preheat a broiler and position broiler pan 4 inches from heating element.
- Roast the red peppers (optional).
- Spread the pesto onto the bread. Add turkey, onion, peppers, and cheese to each piece of bread.
- Place the sandwiches on the broiler pan and cook until cheese melts (about 3-4 minutes).
This sandwich goes great with a spinach salad. Try an olive oil based/vinaigrette dressing to keep with the Mediterranean theme.
Greek Pasta Salad Recipe
This recipe derived from the Taste of Home website and can be found at:
Ingredients to make 4 servings:
- 1-1/2 cups uncooked penne pasta (opt for whole grain pasta to add a nutritional boost)
- 1/2 cup cubed, cooked turkey
- 1 can (3.8 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained
- 1/4 cup chopped green pepper
- 1/4 cup chopped red pepper
- 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
- 1/3 cup creamy Caesar salad dressing
What to do:
- Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse in cold water.
- In a serving bowl, combine the pasta, turkey, olives, peppers and feta cheese. Drizzle with dressing and toss to coat.
- Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Not into Mediterranean style cooking? Try these easy sandwich ideas:
Turkey and Cranberry Sandwich: Spread cranberry sauce on two slices of whole wheat bread. Place turkey on one slice, cover with the second slice, and enjoy!
Grilled Turkey and Cheese Sandwich: Add thinly sliced turkey when you make a grilled cheese. For an added kick, add some peppers to the sandwich as well. Another addition might be cranberry sauce (in this case, forego the peppers).