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Swap Shop: Turkey leftovers won’t be left out

Tex-Mex Turkey Rice Skillet courtesy Butterball.

Tex-Mex Turkey Rice Skillet, courtesy Butterball.

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Updated: December 21, 2011 8:03AM



For Swap Shop readers, especially S.A.B. of Chicago, D.H. of Gary and C.G. of Dolton, Butterball Turkey came through with recipes for unusual ways to use turkey leftovers.

Though it's difficult to beat the standbys - cold turkey sandwiches with mayo and lettuce or turkey noodle soup - these recipes can be adapted to what's in your pantry and refrigerator.

To make Artichoke Turkey Pizza:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place 12-inch baked thin pizza crust on ungreased baking sheet. Top with 1 (141/2-ounce) can diced tomatoes (drained), 1 (14-ounce) can artichoke hearts (drained and chopped), 1 cup leftover cooked turkey and 1 (21/2-ounce can black olives (drained).

Sprinkle with 1½ cups shredded mozzarella and ½ cup shredded Parmesan cheeses. Bake 10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Shredded Asiago can be substituted for mozzarella, and shredded Romano for Parmesan.

To make 4 Grilled Turkey Apple Cheese Sandwiches:

Use 8 slices marble rye bread, 1/3 cup honey mustard, 8 slices leftover cooked turkey, 1 medium unpeeled tart apple (cored and cut into 12 thin slices), 8 slices smoked Gouda cheese and ¼ cup softened butter.

Spread 1 side of each bread slice with honey mustard. Top 4 bread slices, mustard-side-up, with 2 slices leftover cooked turkey, 3 apple slices and 2 cheese slices. Cover with remaining bread, mustard-side down. Spread outsides of sandwiches with butter.

Heat large skillet on medium heat. Add 1 to 2 sandwiches at a time. Cook 4 minutes on each side, or until golden brown. Serve hot.

Requests

I'm trying to duplicate potato-crusted fish like I have enjoyed in a restaurant. How do you make the coating?

R.S., Chicago


Please print recipes for fudge - both dark chocolate and white chocolate - I can make as holiday gifts.

D.W., Arlington Heights


I need a recipe for salmon cakes (preferably made with fresh salmon rather than canned salmon).

D.E. Jr., Winnetka


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