There are many recipes for Thanksgiving turkey leftovers, but I haven't seen any Chinese ones. Actually, leftover turkey can be incorporated into one of America's favorite Chinese dish, mu shu.
Mu shu turkey comes out very similar to the mu shu chicken you've had, and it's very easy to make.
Here are the ingredients for two to four people:
- leftover turkey meat, sliced as thin as possible
- a bowl of wood ear (available in pre-packed shredded dried form at Chinese markets)
- 1/3 pack of mung bean sprouts
- one carrot, shredded
- half a head of cabbage, shredded
Mix all the ingredients in a pan. Stir fry with a tablespoon of olive oil. Sprinkle pepper all over. You can skip the salt because the turkey meat already has salt in it and will pass its saltiness to the veggies.
In the meantime, the dry leftover turkey will turn more tender after stir frying thanks to the olive oil. That's what makes mu shu turkey taste better than a turkey sandwich!
If it's hard for you to find the paper-thin Chinese pancakes typically used for wrapping mu shu, tortillas can work just the same. If you have leftover gravy from Thanksgiving, you can also use it to replace the Chinese brown sauce for mu shu. Another alternative is a light salad dressing, to cut calories.
You will feel what a melting pot America really is when wrapping mu shu turkey with tortillas. Aren't we blessed with such diversity?