Top Chef Family Style shares a delicious Thanksgiving leftovers recipe, exclusive

Since the holidays often bring together families in the kitchen, Top Chef Family Style can inspire some tasty, food creativity. With this tasty Thanksgiving leftovers recipe from Deliah Flores and Daniel Flores, everyone will want to linger a little longer with that holiday food.

For the Top Chef Family Style Thanksgiving episode, the teams took on the classic mise en place challenge. Just like a family preparing the holiday meal, the Top Chef favorite challenge showed that everyone had to work together to ensure all the tasks were completed. In the spirit of gratitude, no team was eliminated during the Thanksgiving episode.

As one of the remaining teams, Delilah Flores and Daniel Flores are trying to earn the Top Chef title. While they have showcased some tremendous culinary skills throughout the competition, even the celebrated chef can be stumped when it comes to Thanksgiving leftovers.

While everyone appreciated that food waste is not a way to spread holiday cheer, even the most adept fridge finder can sometimes stare at another slice of turkey with disbelief. Finding ways to transform that poultry into another tasty meal is a gift that keeps on giving.

What Thanksgiving leftovers recipe does Top Chef Family Style recommend?

Many families have Thanksgiving traditions. From a special recipe from grandma to sharing messages of gratitude around the table, the holidays are full of sentiments served with all that tasty food.

Top Chef Family Style Delilah Flores Thanksgiving leftovers recipe

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For the Flores family, they have a holiday tradition that everyone can appreciate. When asked, the Flores duo said, “Our tradition is the day after Thanksgiving for the leftovers. We make tamales and use the leftover turkey and shred it and put it in the tamales.”

In the spirit of giving this holiday season, the Flores family has graciously shared its Thanksgiving leftovers recipe. This tamales recipe might become a new family tradition in other people’s households.

Leftover turkey with green gravy and butternut squash tamales

Ingredients and method:

  • Using prepared masa
  • Shredded turkey
  • Gravy: Boil 5 tomatillos with 1 Chile Serrano, a pinch of cumin, 2 cloves of fresh garlic
  • Add 2 cups of water
  • Blend and add a tablespoon to two tablespoons of prepared masa to thicken
  • Cut butternut squash in cubes
  • Take corn husks and soak them in hot water so that they are pliable
  • Pat them dry and add a thin layer of masa
  • Put an ice cream scoop worth of masa (depending on size of husk)
  • Put gravy and turkey on it with butternut squash cubes and fold the husk to close
  • Steam it for an hour
  • Enjoy

Even people who have never made tamales can master this recipe. More importantly, it gets everyone excited to see that turkey served in new way and they can skip another turkey sandwich.



Do you have a great Thanksgiving leftovers recipe? What is your food hack to use all of that turkey?