Thanksgiving Tostadas Two Ways

by Marla on November 26, 2010 · 46 comments

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Hope you all had a wonderful turkey day! Before we wrap on Thanksgiving I wanted to give you a few more ways to use up those delish leftovers. In my last post I gave you a Monte Cristo sandwich. If you have not tried that I suggest you do. These tostadas are another way to enjoy your leftovers. I have created two versions and there are many more you can come up with too. This post includes a Mexican twist and a Thanksgiving flavored one. Either way you go, you will be very pleased.

Mexican Thanksgiving Tostadas. Great way to use those leftovers! FamilyFreshCooking.com

The Thanksgiving version has leftover cranberry sauce, feta & rosemary. The Mexican one has black beans (regular or refried are both great) cojita cheese and salsa. In both versions I added a layer of sweet potatoes & spread some sour cream on the crispy tortilla base.

Mexican Thanksgiving Tostadas. Great way to use those leftovers! FamilyFreshCooking.com

These tostadas are simple to throw together and they look really pretty too. They are the perfect meal for lunch or dinner. Enjoy with a side salad, roasted or steamed veggies. I love all the bright colors in these layered meals. You can put each ingredient in a separate bowl & let guests or family members make their own stacked meal. Easy peasy & interactive for kids of all ages.

Thanksgiving Tostada Recipe. Great way to use those leftovers! FamilyFreshCooking.com

What is your favorite recipe using Thanksgiving leftovers?

Thanksgiving Tostadas Two Ways

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: makes one tostada - simply adjust ingredients to make more

Serving Size: 1 tostada

Thanksgiving Tostadas Two Ways

Ingredients

    Thanksgiving Version
  • one 6 inch Corn or Whole Wheat Tortilla
  • pinch of Smoked Paprika
  • pinch of Garlic Salt
  • Cooking Spray or Olive Oil
  • a few ounces shredded Turkey
  • a few spoonfuls Cranberry Sauce
  • a thin layer of Sour Cream
  • a few sliced roasted [http://www.familyfreshcooking.com/2010/11/10/bacon-sweet-potato-spinach-salad-recipe/] Sweet Potatoes - or a few spoonfuls of Sweet Potato Casserole
  • 1/4 sliced Avocado
  • 1 ounce crumbled Feta Cheese
  • a handful of chopped Green Onion
  • a few pinches fresh Rosemary, chopped
  • Salt & cracked Black Pepper to taste
  • Mexican Version
  • one 6 inch Corn or Whole Wheat Tortilla
  • pinch of Smoked Paprika
  • pinch of Garlic Salt
  • Cooking Spray or Olive Oil
  • a few ounces shredded Turkey
  • a few spoonfuls Salsa
  • a thin layer of Sour Cream
  • a layer of Black Beans - or Refried Beans
  • a few sliced roasted Sweet Potatoes - or a few spoonfuls of Sweet Potato Casserole
  • 1/4 sliced Avocado - or some Guacamole
  • 1 ounce crumbled Cojita Cheese
  • a handful of chopped Green Onion
  • a few pinches fresh Ciantro, chopped
  • Salt & cracked Black Pepper to taste

Method

  • Preheat oven or toaster to a low broil with rack in the center. Spray or lightly coat both sides of the tortilla with oil & season with smoked paprika & garlic salt. Toast on both sides about 1-2 minutes on each side, flipping when the first side starts to brown. Watch carefully as they can burn quickly. Heat the beans and turkey if desired. (see NOTE above) Layer on your ingredients starting with the sour cream, then the cranberry sauce or salsa, sweet potatoes, turkey, avocado. Top with green onion, cheese & fresh herbs and any additional seasonings. Serve at room temperature.
  • Notes
  • You can re-heat & brown your turkey breast in a little bit of butter or olive oil & garlic salt first if you wish. I heated the beans too, but left the rest of the ingredients at room temperature.
  • I added measurements to roughly guide you - simply using handfuls of the ingredients will be just right.
http://www.familyfreshcooking.com/2010/11/26/mexican-thanksgiving-leftovers-tostada-recipe/

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1 Rosa November 26, 2010 at 7:52 am

Marvelous! Those look terribly mouthwatering.

Cheers,

Rosa

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2 Kristen November 26, 2010 at 7:52 am

So delicious! Those close up pictures are making me drool!

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3 Amy at TheSceneFromMe November 26, 2010 at 7:57 am

Tostada’s, I love this non-traditional take on the mexican great tostada! Yum!

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4 Cookin' Canuck November 26, 2010 at 8:32 am

My family would go crazy over this! What a fantastic way to use all of that leftover turkey. Your photos are really lovely Marla.

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5 the urban baker November 26, 2010 at 9:17 am

omg…leftovers already. if this was breakfast, i am coming to your house next year, the day after TG! xx

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6 Erica November 26, 2010 at 11:43 am

Gorgeous! I was actually talking about doing an all Mexican themed feast for Thanksgiving next year, these would be perfect. The use of sweet potato makes them even more fun

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7 Jean at The Delightful Repast November 26, 2010 at 1:20 pm

Marla, I’ll take one of each! These look sooooo good!

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8 Heather (Heather's Dish) November 26, 2010 at 1:37 pm

yum! what a great way to spice up leftovers!

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9 Shaina November 26, 2010 at 1:51 pm

These look delicious, Marla! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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10 Baking Serendipity November 26, 2010 at 2:00 pm

This looks like a fantastic leftover meal! We have TONS of leftovers, so I’m in need of every fun thing to do with them. Thanks :)

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11 Jessica @ How Sweet November 26, 2010 at 2:18 pm

Love this idea!

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12 Anna Johnston November 26, 2010 at 2:44 pm

Mmmm, these tostadas look wonderful. My little secret is I actually like all the cool leftover recipes and wraps much more than the turkey teeeheee :)
Nice one, thanks for sharing Marla.

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13 Velva November 26, 2010 at 3:29 pm

Fabulous! What a perfect way to enjoy leftovers. Thanks for sharing this idea.

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14 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. November 26, 2010 at 5:01 pm

Great way to use leftover turkey! Very creative!!

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15 rebecca November 26, 2010 at 5:04 pm

wow this looks amazing love your blog u really have great recipes

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16 Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum November 26, 2010 at 6:21 pm

This is awesome! I love this idea.

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17 tasteofbeirut November 26, 2010 at 8:04 pm

These tostadas look so mouthwatering I am not sure I would want turkey and trimmings after all~ I am crazy for Mexican and Tex-Mex kind of food!

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18 Rockin Robin November 26, 2010 at 9:18 pm

I love how you came up with these two tostada recipes. That’s the beauty of tostadas, mix and match all kinds of ingredients. How can you go wrong?! I always think of tostadas as salads and most lack one ingredient that I think can really pull it all together or add something special. The ingredient? A little bit of an oil and vinegar dressing. Apple cider vinegar dressing with garlic powder goes incredibly well with Mexican recipes. Try a little on your next tostada.

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19 Marla November 27, 2010 at 4:40 am

Robin: I agree all salad type recipes need a dressing to bind them & bring the flavors together. I love the idea of your simple vinaigrette. In these tostadas the sour cream & cranberry sauce/salsa bring the flavors together in a great way too.

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20 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella November 27, 2010 at 3:18 am

That looks fantastic! Full of colour and flavour -you’d want to make more turkey just to have these! :D

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21 Joanne November 27, 2010 at 6:01 am

Whoa these are some large plates full of Thanksgiving leftover goodness. They put the traditional sandwich to shame.

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22 Jennie @ Oh, Sweet Day! November 27, 2010 at 6:08 am

Oh my goodness they both look SO good!!!!! Great ideas!

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23 Jun November 27, 2010 at 7:47 am

Love this! Good ideas!

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24 Nicole, RD November 27, 2010 at 12:24 pm

Such a creative, delicious way to use leftovers…I love any Mexican flare! YUM!!!!! :) Happy Thanksgiving, girlie :) xo!

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25 manda November 27, 2010 at 1:30 pm

SO thoughtful and well presented! You are my culinary hero girl!

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26 grace November 27, 2010 at 2:55 pm

your mountains of meat and other good stuff look amazing, and that’s that.

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27 Lentil Breakdown November 27, 2010 at 10:54 pm

Marvelous photos! I’d have to toss a coin to decide.

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28 Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather November 28, 2010 at 2:15 pm

You are so creative. I like the 2 variations for those not fond of cranberry sauce. I love it so I’d definitely go for both!

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29 Faith November 28, 2010 at 2:34 pm

Both ways look amazing to me! I think you’re right, I’d have to make both because I wouldn’t be able to decide which to try first, lol! By the way, I wanted to let you know that I made your Monte Cristo the other day…it was phenomenal! Thanks for the inspiration, sweetie!

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30 Marla November 28, 2010 at 4:02 pm

Faith: I am so happy you enjoyed your T-giving Monte Cristo :) Smiles. Hope your Thanksgiving was grand & that you have tons of leftovers to enjoy.

Heather: Yup, a great way for those cranberry haters or lovers to enjoy their leftovers. I can’t get enough of both versions – just depends on my mood.

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31 Nutmeg Nanny November 28, 2010 at 4:45 pm

Wow this looks great! What a perfect way to use up all that leftover turkey :)

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32 Cooking with Coley November 28, 2010 at 5:07 pm

Most people think turkey on a roll, you think tostada. Your creativity is incredible!

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33 Katrina November 29, 2010 at 4:45 am

This looks amazing. Love it!

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34 Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets November 29, 2010 at 7:32 am

This looks delicious! What my boyfriend wouldn’t give to get his hands on that :).

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35 Heavenly Housewife November 30, 2010 at 1:44 am

I have never seen a more beautiful tostada… ever!!!! I am being totally serious.
*kisses* HH

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36 Liz November 30, 2010 at 6:42 pm

I love this idea for leftovers!!

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37 Mariko November 30, 2010 at 10:30 pm

Ooooo. I like the idea of sweet potatoes on tostadas. Yum.

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38 Christine @ Fresh Local and Best December 1, 2010 at 9:43 pm

I like all of the good fresh ingredients in the tostadas. I’ve never added sweet potatoes to a tostada, it sounds like a good contrast in flavors.

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39 valentina October 13, 2014 at 11:53 pm

People should hope for leftovers to make these!

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