Have you ever just had enough leftover Turkey for a small sandwich, but when it comes to making that sandwich it does not sound appetizing? Well, I have the perfect fix to that problem. With a few extra ingredients, you can make a full of flavor healthy Leftover Turkey Crostini with Tomato Spinach and Garlic
(Original post date Jan. 2, 2018. Links and post updated Nov. 28, 2021)
I normally don’t give long explanations or stories of how meals came to be but there is no better way to explain this Leftover Turkey Crostini with Tomato Spinach and Garlic Recipe. So here we go, folks, the story of how this meal came to be.
I am really doing my best to cut back on our food waste, and we all know how many leftovers end up in the fridge after Thanksgiving.
I stood in front of my fridge saw the turkey, cringed because a sandwich was supposed to be my lunch. Then saw the ingredients I was going to use for my salad, spinach, tomatoes, and some chopped onion. Grabbed everything for my sandwich and my salad. Placed it all on the counter and stared at it. Was there something else I could do?
I decided to make a wilted spinach salad to go with my sandwich. So, I sautéed my onions in a little olive oil and a sprinkle of salt. I love garlic in a wilted spinach salad, so I added some minced garlic and spinach. The last step to the salad was to add in the tomatoes and let them cook until they burst.
Looked over and what I had left was the turkey, cheese, and bread. A sandwich still did not sound good. That is when I had my ah-ha moment! Just add the turkey to the pan, toast the bread, melt the cheese on top of the bread and make Leftover Turkey Crostini with Tomato, Spinach, and Garlic. Essentially an open-faced toasted sandwich.
There you have it, folks!! A simple way to transform your boring sandwich and salad lunch into a simple delicious satisfying cozy lunch. The next time you have just enough turkey for a sandwich remember you don’t have to settle just add a few ingredients and make yourself a Leftover Turkey Crostini with Tomato Spinach and Garlic.
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FAQ and Tips
Common Questions that get asked about the recipe, and tips to save you time and money.
- Can I make this with a vegan substitute?
Yes, you can! I also enjoy this recipe with roasted chickpeas.
- Can these be made ahead of time and reheated?
Yes and no. I recommend making the salad in advance and placing it in a microwave-safe container. Then prepping the bread and melted cheese keeping them separate from the salad. When you are ready, warm the salad then add the warm salad on the bread with melted cheese. This way the bread will not get soggy.
- How long does leftover turkey last in the fridge?
Leftover turkey should be used within 3-4 days when stored in the refrigerator, or 4-6 months in the freezer.
Recipe for Leftover Turkey Crostini with Tomato Spinach and Garlic
Leftover Turkey Crostini with Tomato Spinach and Garlic
- Deep Skillet
- 2 tbsp butter unsalted/ divided
- 8 baguette slices 1 inch slices
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- ½ small yellow onion chopped
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 20 multi-colored cherry tomatoes sliced in half
- ½ bunch fresh spinach chopped
- ½ cup leftover smoked turkey
- ¼ lb fresh mozzarella cheese
- ⅛ cup Parmesan cheese shredded
- Melt butter in a deep skillet over medium heat. Place baguette slices in butter flip once and then let toast 2-3 minutes until the bread turns golden brown, flip and let that side toast up. Once both sides are golden brown remove them from the pan.
- Place olive oil in the same pan you toasted the bread in. Add the onions, garlic, and salt to the olive oil. Allow onions to saute 2-3 minutes over medium-low heat until they are slightly translucent.
- Add tomatoes, spinach, and turkey to the onions and allow to cook another 5 minutes.
- While the tomato turkey mixture is cooking, layout toasted baguette slices on a baking sheet, pull apart the mozzarella and place it on top of the baguette slices. Place baguette slices under the broiler until cheese begins to melt 1-2 minutes.
- Spoon the tomato turkey mixture on top of the baguettes sprinkle with parmesan cheese and serve.
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