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Turkey Tamale Pie – Thanksgiving Leftovers Special – Food Wishes



hello this is chef john from food wishes comm with turkey tamale pie that's right i'm going to show you how to make a tamale pie out of leftover turkey because let's face it no matter how moist and delicious your roast turkey turned out the leftovers can be a little bit dry and uninteresting which is the exact opposite of what you're gonna experience with this in fact this came out so well even if you don't have any leftover turkey you should roast one just to use for this and maybe make a few sandwiches but mostly for this so with that let's go ahead and get started by sauteing a diced onion and a little bit of olive oil over medium-high heat along with of course the traditional giant pinch of salt and what we'll do is cook these stirring for a few minutes until they just start to turn translucent and all that means is that those pieces of onion are gonna go from firm and white to slightly softer in this okay we're just basically taking that raw edge off and then once our onions are looking a little something like that we'll go ahead and toss in a whole bunch of diced peppers and this time I went with a red bell pepper plus a couple beautiful dark green poblano peppers but of course use whatever you want I mean you guys are after all the schleppers of your peppers so whatever you carry back from the store will work but regardless of which you use we'll go ahead and season that up with some freshly ground black pepper some ground cumin and a nice big pinch of dry oregano and what we'll do is stir that all together and cook it for about two minutes until our peppers just start to soften up at which point we're gonna add what might be the most important ingredients one can of whole chipotle peppers packed in adobo sauce and if you're not familiar these are basically whole red jalapeno peppers that have been smoked over hot coals or at least that's what the brochure says and then packed in an amazingly flavorful chili sauce and what we'll do is go ahead and break those up and stir them in with our spatula and fair warning those things are pretty spicy which by the way explains why you're not going to see me add any cayenne to this all right that stuff's gonna provide plenty of heat and what we'll do as soon as that's all been broken up and stirred in is turn off our heat and reserve that pan of goodies while we move on to prep our turkey which most likely will be some leftover dry Thanksgiving turkey what we'll do is sure we removed the bones and skin before cutting this up into like quarter-inch cubes and what you're seeing here are the remnants to a very unsuccessful honeyrose turkey recipe which came out very bland and unexcited but hey at least it was dry the good news however is that it's perfect for a recipe like this so I went ahead and cubed up about three or four cups and once that set we'll go ahead and add that to our pan of onions and peppers along with a whole bunch of sharp cheddar cheese or any melty cheese but cheddar is the official recommendation and then we will follow that with a jar or can of red enchilada sauce from the store do not make that yourself I mean you could but don't plus I don't think I've ever posted a recipe for enchilada sauce which we probably should but anyway we'll finish up with some salt as well as some chicken broth that is you might be able to see I used to rinse out my jar of enchilada sauce and we'll dump that in and stir everything together before transferring that into whatever casserole dish we're going to use and please note how runny and loose this mixture is okay we want to make sure we start with a lot of liquid so once this bakes it stays a little bit saucy already dried tamale pie is not fly as they say and then what we'll do once that's been transferred in is move on to the last major component a very very thin cornbread batter and that's going to start with some cornmeal and I'm using kind of a medium grind but fine cornmeal will also work and then we're also gonna toss in some self-rising flour which is nothing more than flour with the baking powder and salt milled into it and then we're also going to need a little bit of white sugar as well as of course a little bit of salt and then what we want to do is take a whisk and give this all a mix so that all those ingredients are nicely combined before we add our wet ingredients and by wet ingredients I mean a couple large eggs as well as some nice cold fresh whole milk and that's it we'll just take our whisk and mix this all together to form like I said a very thin batter and yes in case you're wondering we do usually use buttermilk when we make cornbread which gives it a nice little Tang eNOS but here with this particular filling I think something a little bit on the sweeter side will work better but having said that either one will work and then once we have that mixed up we'll go ahead and label that carefully over our turkey filling and by applying it this way we're gonna hopefully get a nice even layer since if we just dump this in it might be thicker in some spots than others so really is better to take an extra minute and sort of ladle that over carefully and the reason we want that so thin is that I'm not trying to make a turkey chili with cornbread baked on top okay we want to get a little bit closer to the texture of an actual tamale which is much denser and moister so I do realize it looks a little watery but you'll see once this bakes is gonna be perfect oh and please note we have our casserole dish set over a sheet pan because this is almost always going to bubble over so make sure you put something under your dish and then what we'll do to finish this off is go ahead and scatter over the rest of our cheese which by the way is why we didn't add any butter to the batter oh yeah this is a no butter batter because the butter fat in that cheese is gonna provide all we need and that's it once our cheese has been applied to the top we can go ahead transfer this into the center of a 375 degree oven for about 45 minutes to an hour or until it's beautifully browned and probably bubbling over and our cornbread is topping has cooked through which if you want you could test with a toothpick and it should come out clean okay if it comes out dirty and it has a bunch of wet batter on it put it back in for a few more minutes but mine was perfect and at this point I usually tell you to let things rest for a few minutes but with this you really don't have to so I'm gonna go ahead and cut a piece and serve that up and right here you can get a great look at our still beautifully saucy filling which is why we really do want that stuff nice and juicy before this goes in the oven and then by all means feel free need this as is but I like to finish mine off with a nice dollop of sour cream which not only looks pretty but also provides a contrast and taste and temperature plus I also like to show off my dolloping skills and that's it I finished up with a little bit of chopped cilantro and my leftover turkey tamale pie was ready to enjoy so I grabbed a spoon and dug in and I could not have been happier with how this came out okay you know that thing they shined in people's eyes in that movie men in black to erase their memories this tamale pie is that for dry turkey okay you're gonna forget you even roasted a turkey and above and beyond that highly seasoned super flavorful very moist filling we also of course have that slightly sweet topping that is basically halfway between a classic cornbread and that softer much moister traditional tamale dough so I'm not officially saying I hope your turkeys a little overcooked and people don't need that much so that you have plenty of leftovers to make this but unofficially I am saying that so I really did love everything about this so whether you end up making this with actual leftover turkey or you end up cooking some turkey just to make this or of course just substitute with some chicken which would totally work I really do hope you give this delicious tamale pie a try soon so head over to food wishes dot-com for all the ingredient amounts of more offal as usual and as always enjoy you

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