Turkey Sloppy Joes

I love Thanksgiving Day leftovers.

If you hosted Thanksgiving Day dinner as we did, it’s inevitable there are some leftovers lurking in the refrigerator, including turkey.

In the past, we’ve always used some of the turkey for sandwiches. Sometimes, if there was enough gravy leftover, it was the hot variety, with a little stuffing, of course. (Plain old turkey sandwiches can be a little bland.)

And I can’t forget turkey soup. The carcass is perfect for this. This year, I sent the carcass home with Uncle Curt and Aunt Harriet, so soup isn’t an option.

However, a tip from chef Ryan Scott, former cheftestant of Bravo TV’s Top Chef, has me thinking about something I’ve never tried — turkey sloppy joes, a twist on a family favorite that’s perfect for kicking back and checking out the weekend’s football games. And if you have some leftover dinner rolls from the Thanksgiving meal, they also make great sliders.

If you feel adventurous, give the following recipe a try.

Turkey Sloppy Joes
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
2 large carrots, diced (about 1 cup)
1 large onion, diced (about 1 cup)
3 cups shredded or diced cooked turkey
4 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 cup chicken stock
1/3 cup ketchup
½ teaspoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 tablespoons water
8 hamburger buns, toasted
Heat the oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium heat. Add the carrots and cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the onion and cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add the turkey, chili powder, garlic powder, salt and black pepper to the skillet and cook for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the tomatoes, stock, ketchup and soy sauce and heat to a boil. Reduce the heat to low. Cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Stir the cornstarch and water in a small cup until the mixture is smooth. Stir the cornstarch mixture into the skillet. Cook and stir until the mixture boils and thickens. Divide the turkey mixture among the buns.
Yield: Serves 8.
Note:  For Turkey Sloppy Joe Sliders, divide the turkey mixture among 12 minislider-sized buns.