Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Mexican Turkey Bake

Anyone remember the "Flaming Turkey Wings" Pizza Hut commercial from the late 1980's? It came out at holiday time, and showed a man sitting at the dinner table. Plates were placed in front of him as a version of "Twelve Days of Christmas" blares in the background:

On the first day after Christmas, my true love gave to me...
Leftover tur-ur-ur-key!
On the second day after Christmas, my true love gave to me...
Turkey casserole made from leftover tur-ur-ur-key!

Cut then to the announcer reminding the folks how good something different would taste, and suggesting they come immediately to Pizza Hut, where there would be no leftover turkey. Cut back to the increasingly-sick-looking guy contemplating another platter, containing (instead of Five Golden Rings)

Flaming Turkey Wings!
All this is a roundabout way of introducing this recipe, which is a great use for leftover turkey, but whose taste is sufficiently different you don't feel like you're eating another round of leftovers.

  • 1 box Uncle Ben's Long Grain Rice

  • 1 can enchilada sauce

  • 1 can corn with sweet peppers

  • 1 small can diced chiles

  • 3 cups diced turkey

  • Shredded cheddar cheese (optional)

  • Sour cream (optional)
Prepare rice according to directions. mix rice, corn, sauce, chiles, and turkey together, spoon into large greased casserole. Bake at 350 degrees for 3o-45 minutes or until hot. If desired, sprinkle with cheese for last 5 minutes. Serve with sour cream.
Sorry if this cuts into your post-holiday business, Pizza Hut. Once we had a friend visit for Thanksgiving; he made omelets out of the leftover casserole that were also delicious. Ah, the joys of recycling!


Seth said...

Our family watches that commercial every year at Christmas! I'm looking for an online copy of it. We have it on a VHS. Was hoping it'd be on youtube, but it's not....let me know if you know where it is. Thanks.

Rambling Mom said...

OH MY GOSH -- that sounds wonderful. Your link from Doc Thelma's House didn't work for this -- but it did for the Turkey Divan so I followed the bouncing turkey.