Sunday, December 1, 2013

#73 Good Cook Leftover Recipe: Turkey Chili #goodcookcom #goodcookkitchenexprt

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I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday, and got to enjoy great company with family and friends, and that food on your table was tasty.  It has become tradition since my husband and I moved into our CT home back in 2007, that I host Thanksgiving dinner for my family and a few close friends.  But, as things go, over the years, our list of guests grows, and this year, we had 15 people, not including my family of 4 sitting around two tables, and a kiddy table.  Thankfully, my turkey prep and cooking was made easier, as I was sent a lovely turkey basket of sorts -- a box filled to the brim with Good Cook cookware, kitchen gadgets, and even a beautiful ceramic turkey platter, to help make my Thanksgiving dinner this year that much more enjoyable and memorable -- and that it was.  Just look at what I got to use in the kitchen this year --

I ended up finding uses for everything, right down to the turkey pop up timers and the flavor injector (my new favorite kitchen gadget).  I can't wait until Christmas to try out a few new recipes and use these amazing and oh so easy to clean cookware from Good Cook.  If you found yourself scrubbing away at old pots and pans and wished you had new ones to work with, why not check out the line of Good Cook cookware and accessories found at  I have been using this brand for years, and love everything about them products.  And, with the holidays fast approaching, I know a few items, including the Ceramic 8 Piece Bake Set (shown below) that I hope Santa will bring, from my Good Cook wish list. :-)

Are you staring at a refrigerator full of turkey, and don't know what to do with it?  That was our predicament this afternoon.  After a couple days of leftovers, we still had tons of turkey and fixings left over, but no one was in the mood for another turkey dinner plate.  Then, I thought, "Why not make chili?"  It was cold outside, and a perfect day for chili.  But, I didn't have ground beef, nor did I want to run to the market just for this.  So, I improvised, and ended up dicing up some of the leftover dark turkey meat -- and, you know what...the chili I made received rave reviews.  And, my family didn't even know it was the leftover turkey at first. :-)  My husband ended up having three bowls, and is looking forward to taking another to work tomorrow. 

Did you get creative and come up with other turkey dishes to use your Thanksgiving dinner leftovers?  I would love to hear about them in the comments sections below if you did.  :-)

And, if you want to give my chili recipe a try, here is the easy recipe:

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  • Serves  - 4-6 people
    Cook Time - 20 minutes  
    Total Time  - 30 minutes
    Prep Time - 10 minutes

  • Ingredients:
    • 1 cup diced cooked turkey (dark meat works best)
    • 1 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes with juice
    • 1 14.5 oz can of black beans, drained and rinsed
    • 2 cups of water
    • 2 Tbsp. chili powder
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 tsp. salt
    • 1 tsp. black pepper
    • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
    • 1/2 tsp. paprika
    • 1/2 tsp. cumin
    • 1-2 tsp. of cayenne pepper (more or less, depending on heat you like)
    • 1 green bell pepper, diced
    • 1 small onion, diced
    • 1/2 cup diced carrots, cooked
    • 1/2 cup corn, cooked

    To thicken chili:
    • 1/4 cup maize
    • 1/3 cup of water

    Optional garnish --
    • shredded cheese
    • avocado slices
    • chopped cilantro
    • diced red onion
  • Instructions:
    1. Dice up turkey, pepper, onion, carrots, and then add to stock pot. Add. all spices, beans and liquid and stir to mix. Bring to boil and then turn to low simmer. Simmer, covered for 10-15 minutes.
    2. During the last 5 minutes, if you want a thicker chili, mix together the maize and water and stir into chili. Continue to simmer on low for another 5 minutes. As chili sits, it will thicken.
    3. Serve warm, and garnish with cheese, cilantro, avocado slices, etc. (optional)

Depending on the sides you have leftover, you can also add these to the pot of simmering chili.  If I had corn leftover, this would have made for a great addition to the chili.  Next time. :-)

I was not the only one who was coming up with creative ways to use their leftover turkey and fixings.  Check out what some of my fellow bloggers and Good Cook Experts came up with below in the recipe link up.  I love seeing them get creative.  They always make me want more time in the kitchen to try out their recipes.  How about you?  Did any of the above 101 leftover turkey recipes catch your eye?   Now to get ready for Christmas dinner. :-)

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