Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Leftover Turkey? Try Sweet Chili Sloppy Joes Toms

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...This sandwich special, made with leftover turkey, is really meant for children or adults who have an insatiable sweet tooth. While it is a great way to use some of your holiday leavings, it's probably too sweet for those of you who like your barbecue hot and on the spicy side. I found the sauce for these sandwiches in an issue of Family Circle magazine that featured sandwich fillings that could be made in a slow cooker. At the time I put these sandwiches together, I had turkey left from our early Thanksgiving celebration and I thought the sauce would be a perfect base for Sloppy Joes that were made with turkey rather than ground beef. The filling came together in minutes and lunch, which was shared with our neighbors sons, was a big hit. While these taste testers will eat anything that does not bite back, they are honest about their likes and dislikes and they liked these sandwiches. On the chance that you might be looking for new ways to use turkey leftovers,  I decided to share this very simple recipe with you. Here's how the sandwiches are made.

Sweet Chili Sloppy Chili Joes Toms...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite inspired by Family Circle magazine

2 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
3/4 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 (15-ounce) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
3/4 cup chopped sweet onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 to 4 cups chopped cooked turkey
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 to 8 soft sandwich rolls
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar or Pepper jack cheese

Blend chili powder, sugar and cornstarch in a 3-quart saucepan. Stir in ketchup, mustard and 1 cup water. Bring mixture to a boil. Add beans, onion and garlic and stir to combine. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes. Add chopped turkey and simmer 10 minutes longer. Add salt, adjusting as needed to taste. Spoon 1/2 cup of mixture onto a roll. Top each sandwich with 2 tablespoons shredded cheese. Serve immediately. Yield: 6 to 8 servings.

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Choc Chip Uru @ Go Bake Yourself said...

You are such a leftover queen :D
This looks awesome!

Choc Chip Uru

Unknown said...

I am a sweet barbecue girl so I know I'd love these! But I love the combination of ingredients here and I bet with the chili powder even a spicy barbecue person would enjoy these!

What's Baking?? said...

This is so mouthwatering, Mary. Have a nice day.

Diane said...

You come up with such great ideas these sound quite delicious. Have a good week and take care Diane

Big Dude said...

Great idea Mary - turkey sloppy joes has never crossed my mind.

Unknown said...

Wow, this a great way to use leftover turkey.. now I want to make sure I have some just so I can make these!!! YUM!!

Kim said...

I'm sure I would love these and my man too!!!!

Natalie said...

such a unique use for leftovers--love it!

singerinkitchen said...

YUMMMMY idea! Pinning it now!

Tricia @ saving room for dessert said...

Sounds pretty terrific! Love ground turkey so this speaks to me.

Flavia Galasso said...

This is a great idea, I'm going to tell about to my friends that invited me and hubby for Thanksgiving ...and I'm sure thet Turky will be so HUGE that they're going to have many leftovers :D, xoxoxo, Flavia

Melinda said...

Oh yummy!

Great for the leftovers.

M :)

Ellen Whyte said...

Hey, we've been away and now we're back. But still kind of busy.

Not keen on turkey; prefer chicken or goose. But it is a lovely picture!

RSA Certificate said...

That's really taste so sweet to me; you are very resourceful that a leftover turkey becomes so sweetly delicious burger!

Roz | La Bella Vita Cucina said...

What a superb idea to use left-over turkey! I hope you have a lovely holiday!


Unknown said...

They look absolutely amazing. Yum, yum, yum.

David said...

Mary, Although your Turkey Sloppy Joe looks great, I'm sticking with my version of the turkey sandwich...turkey, sage-sausage stuffing, mayo, Tabasco on quality bakery white bread. Nice visual though... Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

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