Give your leftover turkey an El Paso kick

Chef Daniel Guerra, program coordinator, and Chef Jon Nickerson, Student Culinary Services manager with El Paso Community College (EPCC) have some ideas for your turkey leftovers. Both dishes also have El Paso flare and heat.

EPCC Culinary Arts students operate two restaurants, the fine dining “ThirteenO9” and the lunch spot “Dine ‘N’ Dash.” The program also operates a catering service. All operations are open to the public.

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Chuco Style Rolled Turkey Tacos:


1/2 cup vegetable oil

8 tortillas

1 pound shredded turkey

4 toothpicks or flour paste

1.Heat each tortilla on a pan or directly over the flame

2.Place about 2 ounces (approx. 2 tablespoons) of turkey in each tortilla and roll up

3.Fry in vegetable oil until golden brown and delicious

Tomato sauce

2 each Roma tomatoes cut into quarters

1/2 cup water

1 tsp white wine vinegar

1 tsp oregano

* Cook over medium low heat for 12 minutes and puree.

Jalapeno Salsa

4 each jalapenos cut in halves

1/2 each onion diced

1 cup water

* Cook over medium low heat for 12 minutes and puree.

Turkey and Green Chile Bread Casserole

Pan spray

8 large eggs

1 1/2 cups heavy cream

2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon mustard seed

1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 pound of diced bread

1/2 cup corn drained or frozen

1/2 cup diced green chile drained or frozen

8 ounces thick sliced deli Black Forest ham (totaling 1 cup diced)

8 ounces turkey leftovers

8 ounces shredded cheese of your choice (about 2 cups shredded)

2 ounces Parmesan cheese shredded (about 1/2 cup)

1. Preheat oven to 350F and spray a casserole dish with the pan spray.

2. Mix eggs, cream, thyme, garlic, salt, mustard, paprika, pepper and nutmeg.

3. Pour mixture over diced bread, turkey, corn, green chile and cheese. Mix well.

4. Pour into greased casserole pan, rest for 1 hour in refrigeration (it can also be prepared ahead of time).

5. Press down prior to baking to ensure binding of ingredients and bake until deep golden brown. A knife can be inserted to check if it's done, the knife should come out clean after insertion.