November 10, 2013

Turkey Crescent Bites {great for turkey leftovers}

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Whip up a simple turkey filling baked between layers of crescent dough, and you've got super tasty Turkey Crescent Bites.  It's a perfectly scrumptious way to enjoy those turkey leftovers.



It's almost 'Turkey Day!'  And if I'm being 100% honest {which I am}, I have to admit that the actual turkey itself is my least favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner.  I'm waaaaaaaaaayyy more interested in all the creamy sides, extra-delicious breads, and dessert sugar.

But give me that turkey leftover the next day, with some good ol' white bread in a sandwich, and I'm in turkey bliss.  Now ... mix that leftover turkey with some other goodies, slap it between two layers of crescent roll dough, bake it up, and cut it into little bites?  Oh, now I'm in turkey heaven.

And that's just what happens in this recipe.  Such a great way to enjoy leftover ... or even not leftover ... turkey.

Just whip up a simple filling of chopped turkey combined with sauteed celery and onion, spices, cream cheese, and dried cranberries.  Sandwich the filling between sheets of crescent dough, bake it, and there you have it.  Little turkey crescent bites.  Little delicious turkey crescent bites.


I came across the inspiration for this recipe in this month's issue of Southern Lady magazine.  They had a recipe for Turkey Crescent Cups ... fitting crescent dough into muffin cups and filling the cups with a turkey-cream cheese mixture.

Well, I decided fitting the muffin cups was too much work.  And I also decided I wanted to change the filling up a bit.

So modeling my approach after my reader-favorite 3-Ingredient Sausage Crescent Bites ...


... and simply spreading the filling mixture between sheets of crescent dough and then cutting the finished product into squares with a pizza cutter, this simpler version was born!

Creamy.  Yummy.  Flavorful.  With just a little hint of sweetness from the touch of dried cranberries.  Perfect for a post-Thanksgiving breakfast, lunch, brunch, or snack ... or as anytime party fare!  Pretty versatile, don't you think?

So when you've got some leftover turkey from your 'Turkey Day' dinner, consider whipping yourself up a delicious platter of turkey heaven on a crescent roll!

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Turkey Crescent Bites
Source:  Adapted from Southern Lady Magazine, November/December 2013, Turkey Crescent Cups
Ingredients
  • 2 tubes crescent rolls
  • 1 c. chopped celery (about 2 stalks)
  • 1/2 c. chopped onion (about 1 small onion)
  • 2 T. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 1/2 c. chopped cooked turkey
  • 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. ground sage
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 c. chopped dried cranberries
Directions
  1. Heat olive oil in a saute pan over medium heat. Add chopped celery and onion; saute until tender, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add chopped turkey, salt, pepper, sage, and garlic powder, stirring to combine. Reduce heat to low and blend in cream cheese until the cream cheese is melted. Remove from heat and stir in chopped cranberries.
  2. Unroll one package of crescent rolls and place on a baking sheet. With your fingers, gently press the seams together to seal them. Spread the turkey mixture evenly over the crescent roll dough, leaving about a 1/2-inch border along the edges.
  3. Unroll the remaining package of crescent rolls and place on top of the turkey mixture. Press the edges together to seal. Gently press the seams together.
  4. Bake at 375 degrees for about 20 minutes, or until crescent roll dough is golden brown.
  5. Cut into small squares and serve. (A pizza cutter makes really quick and easy work of the cutting.)
Enjoy!



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8 comments:

  1. These sound so good! And what a great way to use all those turkey leftovers after Thanksgiving!!!

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  2. Am absolutely trying these if we have leftover turkey! Thanks for sharing! www.hopefloatsandmore.blogspot.com

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  3. This is a MUST HAVE for my leftover recipe list. Pinned!

    Lori
    Lori's Culinary Creations

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  4. What a great way to use leftover turkey! They look so yummy!

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  5. These sound so delicious and are a good way to use leftover turkey

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  6. This recipe looks great too! I hope you'll link up this one at the turkey link party along with the other recipe and any others!

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  7. Perfection! Oh how I love crescent rolls....this is an awesome tasty flavor combo. Thanks much for sharing with us at Weekend Potluck.

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  8. P.S. - Your cutting board is out of this world awesome too!!! =)

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