At Christmas, we cooked a turkey for our family dinner that was bigger than we had any business roasting. We all had our fill (MORE than our fill, if we’re being honest) and then decided to freeze the rest with the promise that it wouldn’t go to waste.
Fast forward to the middle of January and my sidekick – the Curly-Haired Chick – and I are feeling hungry. Foraging through the pantry we began to piece together a plan to call that turkey back into action in the form of a sweet and spicy sandwich.
The thing I love about a pulled turkey (who needs pork?) sandwich like this is that it’s incredibly quick and easy to put together and it’s completely delicious. Resist the urge to pour bottled sauce onto your turkey, and create this tasty mixture that you’ll be proud to call your “secret” recipe. Serve it with some cole slaw and a cold IPA and you’ve got an amazing lunch or game day meal.
Our Christmas turkey may have been too big, but it was pretty sweet being able to just go to the freezer today. It’s almost like we planned it that way!
- 3 cups cooked turkey, shredded
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 4 soft rolls (onion, multiseed, etc.)
- serve with cole slaw
- In a sauce pan over medium-high heat, combine chili powder, cumin, salt, pepper, ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, and vinegar. Stir until blended and bring sauce to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes.
- Add shredded cooked turkey to sauce mixing to coat the meat. Simmer until turkey is heated through, stirring occasionally. Split and toast rolls. Divide turkey among rolls and top with cole slaw, then serve.