Looking to transform that leftover turkey sandwich? Try a Turkey Bao – made with turkey, hoisin sauce, sriracha, cucumber, scallions, and cilantro in a freshly steamed bun.
Do you have tons of leftover turkey after Thanksgiving? Are you wondering what to do with all of said turkey? You’ve got the classic turkey sandwich, of course. But how about mixing things up a bit this year and putting an Asian spin on things?
Sometimes after eating leftover turkey all week, you just need something that hits your tastes buds differently. I love this leftover turkey bao because you get an entirely different flavor profile than you would from some of the other more traditional means of using leftover turkey. So breath some new life into those leftovers and make some turkey bao!
- prepared gua bao
- English cucumber, thinly sliced (Japanese cucumbers are great too)
- leftover turkey
- hoisin sauce
- scallions, sliced into strips
- fresh cilantro, torn
- Open up the bao (buns) and place some sliced cucumbers inside. Top with turkey, a little hoisin sauce, some sriracha, scallions, and cilantro. Serve and enjoy!
I saw this on foodgawker the other day! What a great way to use up leftover meats! You know I will have more leftover for Christmas. This would sure do the trick! 🙂
helen @ Scrummy Lane says
Love love love how delicious and easy these are, Kathleen. And that you’ve got a bun recipe for us too. I’m picturing my Chinese bamboo steamer right now and wishing I had it here with me and not left over in Australia!
These look gorgeous! Such a great use of left over turkey! We were on vacation last week, so I don’t have any leftovers, but I need to try these! Hope you are doing well 🙂
Beeta Hashempour says
This looks so good, Kathleen! I love that you created a fresh, vibrant way to re-use the leftover turkey! <3
Nichole Jones says
Girlie, I LOVE baos and I’ve been looking for a recipe! I don’t have any turkey, but I will go find some just to make this! Yummmm
Thanks Nichole! Baos are SO good – even without anything in them! If you don’t have any leftover turkey, chicken will work too! Hope you enjoy 🙂
Marissa (@pinchandswirl) says
haha, I just texted this recipe to Keith to say, ‘let’s make this!’ and he responded, “Yum Bao!” – I agree. Always love your take on things Kathleen and this is the perfect alternative to ho hum leftover turkey dishes.
Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks says
I do have tons of leftover turkey and quite frankly I am totally ready for a new flavor profile! This is such a creative way to make a completely different dish than warm ups or a turkey sandwich! I hope you had a great TG as well!
Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary says
We were supposed to go out to dinner, but last minute the husband wanted to stay in, so I ended up making a small Thanksgiving dinner for 2. It was nice being able to stay in my jammies all day! 😉 I hope you guys had a wonderful turkey day, dear!! I am droooooling over these buns, girlfriend!! I love that you turned leftover turkey into something entirely different! Now, THIS is how you do leftovers! Simply fabulous! Cheers!
This is a delicious use of leftover turkey and so flavorful. I can’t wait to try this.
thalia @ butter and brioche says
i love bao! i had a really good crispy tofu on the other day. but i’ve never made them myself before??!! thanks for the inspiration! Xx
Kevin | Keviniscooking says
What a great idea! I hope your Thanksgiving was a good one. 🙂
I love this! It is off the flavor profile of normal leftover turkey recipes and that’s awesome!