Leftover turkey is great for a turkey sandwich or three, but that gets old and that's also where these crispy flautas come in. And don't forget, cheese grated in your own kitchen is so much better than the packaged grated cheese.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
25 mins
cook:
3 mins
total:
28 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
12 large turkey flautas
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Mix shredded turkey, pepper Jack cheese, green onions, salt and pepper together in a bowl.

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  • Wrap stack of tortillas in a paper towel and place in a sealable plastic bag. Seal the bag only halfway. Microwave on high until tortillas are hot and flexible, about 45 seconds. Keep tortillas warm in the bag as you fill the others.

  • Place 2 tortillas on a work surface, one about 2 inches off center of the first creating a longer partially double tortilla. Spoon about 1/4 to 1/3 cup turkey mixture in a row just below the center of the long side of the tortilla. Paint a bit of egg white along the top edge of the tortillas. Bring bottom edge of the tortilla up and over the filling and roll rather tightly toward the top edge over the egg white. Set aside with the fold on the bottom while you fill the remaining tortillas.

  • Place 1/4 inch vegetable oil in a saute pan over medium heat. When oil is hot, place flautas in oil, seam side down. Press down gently with a spatula a couple of seconds to flatten bottoms. Fry in batches until flautas are crispy, golden, and heated through, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Drain about a minute on paper towels. Serve topped with shredded cabbage, guacamole, sour cream, salsa, and chopped cilantro.

Cook's Notes:

You can substitute grated Cheddar cheese for the pepper Jack, or use a combination of the two.

If your turkey was not super moist, you can always add a 1/4 cup of chicken broth to the turkey/cheese mixture to compensate.

If you're making a lot of flautas you can place them on a baking sheet and finish cooking them in a 350 degree F (175 degrees C) oven.

Nutrition Facts

578 calories; protein 36.9g 74% DV; carbohydrates 53.5g 17% DV; fat 25g 39% DV; cholesterol 100.6mg 34% DV; sodium 522mg 21% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
12/04/2015
These were delicious and easy (if you buy the guac & salsa). It really didn't seem like leftover turkey at all. I do recommend the egg white to keep the tortillas from coming undone. I halved the recipe to make 6 flautas, but one came apart in the cast iron frying pan even after I used the egg white to roll it up. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
12/04/2015
These were delicious and easy (if you buy the guac & salsa). It really didn't seem like leftover turkey at all. I do recommend the egg white to keep the tortillas from coming undone. I halved the recipe to make 6 flautas, but one came apart in the cast iron frying pan even after I used the egg white to roll it up. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/04/2018
These are very good. My turkey was kind of dry, so I mixed the salsa into the filling instead of putting it on top. That worked well. I had ZERO luck hooking two tortillas together though, thus the four star rating instead of five. Once I gave up on that and just made smaller flautas with single tortillas, things went well. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/02/2016
Super yummy. But I am pretty sure ALL of Chef John's food is amazing. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/15/2016
I followed this recipe exactly as stated except I used chicken instead of turkey and it was absolutely delicious. I didn't have leftover of either so I just stuck some chicken in the crockpot in the morning to save a step when it was time to make dinner. It ended up moist and shredded very easily and when it cooked in the tortillas it lost the "crockpot chicken" taste. I think the only thing I'd change is to add just a little more cheese. You could easily add some peppers to give it a little extra kick. I'm very finicky about leftover poultry but it was delicious as leftovers too. Read More
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