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Turkey Cranberry Quesadillas

Turkey Cranberry Quesadilla

Turkey Cranberry Quesadilla

More turkey leftover ideas!  I contemplated another Panini, but when my P.S. (Perky Shopper/hubby) called from the grocery to discuss tortillas, I changed my direction to Mexican.  We’d do turkey quesadillas with turkey and cranberries.  Not really Mexican, more ‘American doing weird things with tortillas’.  That genre.

I was still working on a 20 lb turkey who had some impressive breasts.  This turkey could have been a porn star.  I love the breast meat, my P.S. likes the dark meat.  I decided to be generous this time and chop up some of both.

Ingredients

Ingredients

I spread the meat out on several flour tortillas, actually over half of each one as I planned to fold them over to grill.  Now I needed cheese.  A quick survey of the cheese drawer and I chose sliced Swiss.  I also wanted to use Colby Jack since it was shredded, so I would make two of each kind of cheese just for a comparison thingy.

Layer ingredients

Layer ingredients

I pulled the last homemade can of cranberries out of the fridge and sliced it thin and put it over the turkey.  Such a pretty color and it would be a nice pop of flavor in my unusual quesadillas.

Add slices of cranberries

Add slices of cranberries

Last I laid the slices of Swiss cheese over the cranberry slices, then folded over the tortillas.

Fold tortillas in half

Fold tortillas in half

My Panini press was heated and I laid out two of my folded quesadillas onto the grill and put the cover down on them.  I didn’t oil them as I’d done that before and they get crispy and all weird.  As in, cracking apart all over my fingers and clothing as I ate the quesadilla.  Lesson learned.

Grill until browned

Grill until browned

I peeked a couple of times and removed the quesadillas to a plate after 4-5 minutes of cooking.  The outsides were lightly golden and the cheese was melted inside.  I cut each in half as the second set of quesadillas cooked on the Panini press.

Turkey Cranberry Quesadillas

Turkey Cranberry Quesadillas

Both turkey quesadillas done, we tasted and were happy with my wacky concoction.  The cranberries melted and kept the turkey from being dry.  The cheese made them a gooey bite of creamy melted goodness to compliment the turkey.  I’d say this was a fast hot mess that was delicious!  A keeper recipe, as my P.S. would say.

Turkey Cranberry Quesadilla

Turkey Cranberry Quesadilla

Turkey Cranberry Quesadillas

Chopped roasted turkey
Sliced cranberries (I used the canned homemade recipe)
Sliced Swiss Cheese
Flour tortillas
Panini Press

On half of the tortilla spread chopped turkey, sliced cranberries and sliced Swiss cheese.  Fold other half over the top and grill on Panini press until golden brown and oozing melted cheese.  Serve warm.

Makes: as many as you want to!Tiara Logo

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