Use the last of your leftover turkey in crescent rolls

Leftover turkey / Getty Images/BWFolsom

This is the week so many of us are looking for different ideas for the leftover turkey in our refrigerators. If you're in that position, having cooked too much turkey or are among the lucky who were gifted with leftovers as you departed your host's house, luck strikes again.

(READ MORE: Some next-day ideas for those Thanksgiving leftovers)

This recipe is one I found online and tweaked a bit. Since then, we've been enjoying it for an after-Thanksgiving meal for a couple of years now.

It's a mix between a traditional turkey sandwich, a Hot Brown and a slider. One of the things I love about it is that I can make a dozen in one fell swoop, and any leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator or even the freezer until you need them again. They reheat easily in your toaster oven or your regular oven -- if there are any leftovers.

All you'll need are two cans of crescent rolls and some cheese -- either Swiss or cheddar, two things you may not have left over from Thanksgiving. The other ingredients are ones you may likely have in your refrigerator after Thanksgiving -- turkey, cranberry sauce and some seasonings. With those at the ready, you're good to go.

Turkey Crescents

4 cups leftover cooked turkey, cut into small pieces

1 cup mayonnaise (or more)

2 cups cheddar or Swiss cheese, shredded

2 packages crescent rolls

Salt and pepper, to taste

Dried cranberries or cranberry sauce

Spray nonstick cooking spray into muffin tin. Push large side of crescent triangle into bottom of each muffin tin. Mix leftover turkey, mayonnaise and cheese together. Add more mayonnaise if you like it a little more moist. Spoon mixture into each crescent-roll-lined muffin tin. Top with a few dried cranberries or a small dollop of cranberry sauce. Fold small piece of each crescent triangle over top of turkey mixture. Bake as directed on crescent-roll container or until lightly browned on top.


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