Wrappin’ Them Turkey Leftovers

November 24, 2007

If you’re like the average American family, you’ve got a lot of leftover Turkey. There are the obvious ways of getting rid of it — Turkey Tetrazzini (fattening although this Tyler Florence version looks like it has some potential to be improved) Thanksgiving Sandwiches (Turkey with stuffing, cranberry sauce and gravy on a sandwich, delicious and also fattening).

Turkey, in both ground and breast forms, has now become a staple in our household. It’s high in protein and relatively low in fat, and can be transformed for use in a number of adaptive dishes. We go through about a whole Turkey breast every week, because I’m now “brown bagging” it for lunch. My typical lunch these days is the Monster Wrap, which ends up working out to only a few dollars per sandwich. If I had to buy the equivalent sandwich in downtown NYC, I’d probably have to pay 3 or 4 times that amount and I wouldn’t have as much control over the quality of ingredients I put into it. I like wraps because you can stuff them full of protein and vegetables, and it takes up relatively little real estate in my laptop bag. Unlike a regular sandwich, getting a little compressed or smushed in the bag doesn’t really affect the quality of the product once its time to eat it either. I don’t have to bring any containers with me — just wrap the sucker in aluminum foil, and I’m good to go.

Toufayan is a NJ-based commercial bakery that supplies much of the wraps for use in delicatessen and catering applications. If you live in the Northern NJ area, you can actually go to the bakery and buy their goods fresh. They make a number of flavors, many of which you can get in your local supermarket. The larger ones they use for food-service size, however, might be difficult to get. In particular, I like the large multigrain wraps since they have more complex carbohydrates in them, so we get them straight from the factory.

Fresh Spinach is a great vegetable to use in wraps. Unless you plan to eat a wrap immediately, you want to avoid high water content vegetables like lettuce because they’ll get your wrap wet and gummy if its going to sit in your bag or briefcase for a few hours. Arugula is a nice vegetable to use as well.

Line wrap with mustard or your favorite spread, such as babaghanoush, ajvar, salsa, or hummus. Place lots of turkey over the bed of spinach. Add tomatoes and sprouts, liberally season with salt and fresh cracked pepper.

Wrap it up!