Sunday, November 29, 2009

Baked Turkey and Black Bean Taquitos

The hubby and I hosted Thanksgiving last week, and invited both our families. And that's about all I have to say about it.

Yes, I'm a food blogger who has no Thanksgiving recipes to post. The hubby and I made a few turkey breasts and a ham, mashed potatoes, and steamed corn. My dad made gravy. The hubby's mom and older sister provided the pies and sides galore.

It was pretty much The Thanksgiving Where I Did Nothing Except Clean and Set the Table. Which, admittedly, was a lot of work. It was the first big clean sweep of the house since the little man was born, and come Thanksgiving Day, I was exhausted. (Operating on about three hours of sleep may have contributed.) I was so tired that I forgot to make coffee after dinner, and I think half our guests left without being offered pie.

But it was great to see our families, including this guy, who spent his previous three or four Thanksgivings elsewhere.

This is my brother. Ladies, he's single, owns his own business, has all his teeth, AND changes diapers. Please, take a number.

And now we're swimming in leftovers, including lefse, which my sister-in-law left for me because she knows I love to eat it with peanut butter and jelly. (I've grown up with lefse all my life. I've even made it on multiple occasions. But I'm not Norwegian, so I'm allowed to eat it however I like.)

But mostly ham and turkey. And while I love pot pies and soups like everyone else, I quickly reach the point where I want my leftovers to taste like anything a holiday dinner. No gravy, and definitely no poultry seasoning.

Enter leftover idea #1, turkey and black bean taquitos. This actually started off as empanadas, which I think was a Robin Miller recipe. The hubby had never heard of empanadas; he had them confused with pinatas.

Anyway, I had waaaaaay too much filling left over. So I made some oven-baked taquitos, just to see how they'd turn out. And the hubby and I both liked them far better than the empanadas. Hooray for improvisation! You can add more cheese, if you prefer, but the hubby and I are still trying to undo the food sins of the past few days.

Baked Turkey and Black Bean Taquitos
Makes 12

2 c. shredded cooked turkey
1 15-oz. can black beans, drained
1/2 c. shredded pepperjack cheese
1/2 c. shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 c. salsa
2 Tbsp. chopped cilantro (optional)
1 tsp. ground cumin
12 7" flour tortillas

Olive oil, for brushing (can use cooking spray, as well)

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

2. In a large bowl, combine turkey, black beans, cheeses, salsa, cilantro, and cumin.

3. Place a few spoonfuls of turkey mixture at the edge of each tortilla.

4. Roll the tortilla tightly and secure with a toothpick.

5. Place on a baking sheet and brush with olive oil, or spray with cooking spray.

6. Bake 15 minutes, until crisp.


Cathy said...

I love how you try to set your brother up through your blog - perfect!

Donna-FFW said...

Great leftover idea. I love the cheesy gooeyness. Have to bookmark this for when I have turkey leftovers next.

Palidor said...

Yummy taquitos! I think it's okay that you don't have pictures from Thanksgiving. Yes, it's a time to enjoy good food, but the real focus of the holiday should be the friends and family in our lives. Speaking of family, how old is your brother?? ;-)

Anonymous said...

I love this idea for turkey leftovers, the Taquitos sounds so good! Please let me know if you would like to submit this for my 5 star makeover event this month which is on Thanksgiving leftovers - this would be a perfect entry!

Details at the bottom of the post here

pigpigscorner said...

I know what I'm doing with my leftovers now! Looks great!

Me and My Pink Mixer said...

Best recipe I have seen for leftover turkey! Trying this one soon :)

Laura said...

I just want to know who is doing what with a blindfold on? Hmmm?? And your brother is cute! Wish I knew someone in the lower 48 who needed him :D

Joanne said...

Yum yum yum these look delicious. And I love that they are baked. Cheese + turkey + tex-mex means a party in my mouth.