Great Everyday Meals: Turkey Leftovers, Empanadas and Fried Rice

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Over the holidays, the leftovers are just as abundant as the main meal. On this episode of Great Everyday Meals, I take some infamous Thanksgiving leftovers and give some great ideas on how to turn them into brand new meals. First is a Thanksgiving Dinner Empanada recipe, taking pie dough, cutting them into perfect circles and stuffing them with leftover turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing and gravy. What you get after brushing the empanadas with a little egg wash and baking them in the oven, are beautiful Thanksgiving pockets of empanadas. They are absolutely delicious and such a fun new way to serve Thanksgiving dinner leftovers, away from the typical Thanksgiving leftover sandwich.

Second, I took day old rice, some turkey of course, leftover corn and steamed green beans and tossed them together with a little scrambled eggs and soy sauce to make a fried rice recipe that revamps these Thanksgiving leftover ingredients.

I hope you enjoy this episode! What kind of recipes do you make with you Thanksgiving leftovers? Leave a comment below or in the Momma Cuisine Show YouTube channel!

Thanksgiving Leftover Empanadas


3 sheets pie dough, your favorite store brand, cut into 6 circles (the size of a cereal bowl)

2 cups leftover turkey

1 cup leftover stuffing

1/4 cup leftover cranberry sauce

1/4 cup leftover gravy

1 egg, beaten


Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Take a cookie sheet and spray it with cooking spray.

Take your cut out pie dough and stuff each with about 2 tablespoons turkey, 1 tablespoon stuffing, 1 teaspoon cranberry sauce, 1 teaspoon gravy.

Slowly fold the dough over into a half moon and seal the edges with a edge of a fork. Repeat with all the empanadas.

Brush each empanada with beaten egg and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown.

Let cool and serve.

Turkey Fried Rice


Vegetable Oil

1 small onion or medium shallot, diced

2 cloves garlic, chopped

1 1/2 cups diced roasted turkey breast

2 cups cooked brown or fried rice

1 cup corn

2 scrambled eggs

1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce

1 cup chopped green beans


Heat a pan to medium heat with olive oil. Add onions and garlic and saute until onions become tender. Stir often to avoid the onions and garlic from burning.

Add the cooked roasted diced turkey and heat through. Add the cooked rice and toss with ingredients. Then, add the corn and scrambled eggs and toss.

After all has heated through, add the chopped green beans and toss with soy sauce. Heat through, taste for seasoning and serve.

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