Leftover Turkey Delights: A Thanksgiving Transformation
Leftover Turkey Delights take everything you cherish about Thanksgiving dinner and transform it into delectable and savory biscuits, served with a rich and velvety gravy. These delectable “bombs” might just outshine the main event! Packed with roasted turkey, creamy mashed potatoes, tangy cranberry sauce, and a blend of ooey gooey Gruyere and cream cheese, these biscuits are a comfort food lover’s dream.
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Embrace the Delicious Leftovers
If you find yourself with an abundance of leftover turkey, you’re in for a treat. These Leftover Turkey Delights are so irresistible that my husband and his friend couldn’t resist munching on them, even declaring them better than the original Thanksgiving feast. From their pre-ride snack to their post-ride indulgence, these biscuits lingered in their conversations for weeks. That’s the level of goodness we’re talking about here.
You might be worried about making the biscuits from scratch, but fear not. The recipe is quick, easy, and requires no rising time. Alternatively, feel free to use store-bought biscuit dough for a hassle-free experience.
The delicious filling comes together effortlessly. Simply mix your Thanksgiving leftovers with cream cheese and Gruyere cheese, creating a creamy explosion of flavors. Trust me, your taste buds will thank you.
Ingredients for Leftover Turkey Delights
The Biscuits (or Use Store Bought):
- Chicken broth: Replace water with chicken broth to infuse the dough with stuffing-like flavors. Make sure it’s between 100-110 degrees F for optimal yeast activation.
- Flour: Opt for all-purpose flour for softer biscuits. Gluten-free baking flour should work just as well.
- Yeast: Active dry yeast provides the best flavor and results.
- Sugar: Accelerates yeast activation and tenderizes the dough.
- Egg: Binds the ingredients together and enhances the overall flavor.
- Seasonings: Sage, parsley, and thyme infuse the dough with the essence of Thanksgiving.
- Roasted turkey: You’ll need 1 ½ cups of chopped turkey. Deli turkey or chopped rotisserie chicken can be used as alternatives.
- Mashed potatoes: Include 1 ½ cups of leftover mashed potatoes. Mashed sweet potatoes or cauliflower can also be used.
- Cranberry sauce: Utilize ½ cup of leftover cranberry sauce or canned cranberry sauce.
- Gruyere cheese: With its slight sweetness and saltiness, Gruyere is the perfect choice. However, cheddar or Swiss can be substituted.
- Cream cheese: Binds all the ingredients together, creating a creamy explosion of flavors.
How to Create Leftover Turkey Delights
Proof the Yeast: Warm the chicken broth and pour it into a stand mixer bowl fitted with a dough hook. Sprinkle the yeast and sugar over the broth, stir, and let it bloom for 5-10 minutes until it becomes foamy.
Combine the Leftover Turkey Filling: In a separate medium mixing bowl, mix together the turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, Gruyere cheese, cream cheese, salt, and pepper until well combined.
Make the Dough: Add flour, salt, sage, parsley, and thyme to the stand mixer. Knead for 3-5 minutes until the dough forms into a ball. Add more flour if needed to prevent stickiness.
Cut the Dough: Place the dough on a floured countertop and knead in flour until it’s no longer tacky. Divide the dough into 36 evenly sized pieces.
Add the Leftover Turkey Filling: Roll each dough piece into a ball and flatten it into a small circle. Add 1 ½ tablespoons of filling to the center.
Enclose the Filling: Gently bring the sides of the dough over the filling, pinching the edges closed. Roll the dough into a ball. Place 12 balls on a prepared baking sheet and brush each one with egg wash.
- Bake: Bake at 400 degrees F for 12-14 minutes until the tops turn golden. Repeat until all the dough is used.
The ooey gooey filling might make a glorious escape from some of the biscuits. Don’t worry, that’s part of the charm! Scoop up all that cheesy goodness and serve it alongside the biscuits. Your guests will be ecstatic. Enjoy your leftover turkey delights with a side of creamy gravy and tangy cranberry sauce.
Tips for Making Leftover Turkey Delights:
- Warm the chicken broth in the microwave until it reaches 110-120 degrees F.
- If the yeast doesn’t foam after 10 minutes, discard it and try again with fresh yeast and properly warmed broth.
- If you don’t have a stand mixer, you can mix the dough by hand. Follow the same steps, using a large bowl instead.
- The dough hook attachment is ideal for making the rolls. Spray it with nonstick cooking spray to prevent sticking.
- The dough should be slightly sticky but not so much that it clings to your fingers. If it’s too wet, add a tablespoon of flour at a time until it barely sticks to your fingers. Avoid adding excessive flour.
- If the dough becomes too sticky after adding the filling, spray your hands with nonstick spray instead of dusting them with flour.
- If you don’t have leftover turkey, you can purchase ¾ lbs. of sliced roast turkey from the deli counter and chop it yourself. Alternatively, make your own mashed potatoes and season them to taste.
- Gruyere cheese is recommended for its superior melting ability and delightful flavor, but cheddar or Swiss can be substituted.
- A pizza cutter is not essential but makes slicing the dough much easier.
- When flattening the dough, avoid spreading it too thin. We want a thick dough to prevent the filling from escaping.
Can I Use Store-Bought Dough?
Absolutely! If you’re short on time, you can use store-bought dinner yeast roll dough balls (such as Rhodes) instead of making the dough from scratch. The filling recipe makes enough for 36 dough balls, but feel free to scale it down if needed. Another option is using store-bought biscuits, although you’ll need several packages to use up all the filling.
To use store-bought dinner yeast roll dough balls:
- Thaw the rolls until they’re soft but still cold.
- Slice the rolls in half, add the filling to the bottom halves, and tightly seal them.
- Follow the baking instructions on the package.
Can I Make Leftover Turkey Delights Without a Mixer?
Absolutely! If you don’t have a stand mixer, you can mix the dough by hand. Here’s how:
- Add the chicken broth, yeast, and sugar to a large bowl.
- Once the yeast has bloomed, stir in the seasonings and flour.
- Mix everything together using a spoon.
- Turn the dough out onto a floured countertop and knead for 3-5 minutes until it’s no longer sticky.
- Proceed with the remaining instructions.
Can I Reheat Leftover Turkey Delights?
While these delights are best enjoyed fresh out of the oven, you can certainly reheat them. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. To reheat, microwave them on a microwave-safe plate for about 15 seconds or until they’re warm in the center.
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