Turkey Wrap with fresh crunchy apples, a smear of apple butter, plus cheddar cheese and lettuce is a quick and easy way to use up leftover turkey or deli-slices. The bonus, turkey wraps are a healthy choice for families on the go!
I wish more people raised heritage breed turkeys. The difference in flavors between a home-grown turkey and a store-bought turkey is significant. Spend the extra money and find a turkey grower near you. It is so worth it! Joyce Pinson, Friends Drift Inn
Turkey Wrap Recipe-At-A-Glance
Prep Time 5 minutes Cook Time 0 Total Time 5 Minutes
Yield 1 Turkey Wrap with Apple Butter
Ingredients Leftover Turkey or Deli Slices – Whole Wheat Tortilla Wrap – Apple – Friends Drift Inn Apple Butter-Cheddar Cheese-Lettuce
Turkey Wrap Recipe – So Easy!
Like a quick sandwich, turkey wraps are an easy fix. Whether you use leftover turkey or opt for deli slices, you can make this into a full-blown meal or a mid-afternoon healthy snack. Either way, it is a fast way to satisfy your hunger.
Hand-held foods are fun to eat. It is not just kids who enjoy them either!
Turkey with a crunch of fresh apples, a spread of Friends Drift Inn Apple Butter and some creamy chunks of sharp cheddar cheese is a combination that tickles the taste buds.
I prefer a turkey wrap to a turkey sandwich any day!
Turkey wraps seem lighter. They fill you up without making you waddle like a duck. There is something to be said for that!
Turkey Wrap – Food for Thought
Wraps are a quick-fix and we sure love them here at the big red barn. For Thanksgiving we always buy more turkey than we need so we will have lots of leftovers.
If you are thinking the same thing, most sources recommend buying 1 to 1 ½ pounds of uncooked bird for each person you are serving. This should produce a generous amount of leftovers.
If your calculations exceed 15 pounds of turkey, it is best to buy two smaller birds or one large bird and a turkey breast.
The National Turkey Federation reports that “turkey consumption has more than doubled since 1970, “citing good taste and nutritional value. “
They calculate that :
In 2016, U.S. consumption of turkey was 16.7 pounds per person.
Show me the turkey!
Buying Turkey – A Moment of Reflection
If you are reading this anticipating having turkey leftovers, consider buying a heritage breed turkey from a local producer this Thanksgiving!
During our farm adventures, Charlie and I spent several years raising heritage breed turkeys.
Why? Because we believe the genetic diversity of heritage livestock needs to be preserved.
But that is not all.
We love turkey with flavor! Plus, our favorite heritage breed is the Kentucky Bourbon Red Turkey. We are Kentucky Proud!
The Livestock Conservancy, an organization dedicated to preserving heritage breed livestock and raising public awareness of heritage breed virtues states:
The Bourbon Red turkey is named for Bourbon County in Kentucky’s Bluegrass region where it originated in the late 1800’s. It was developed by J.F. Barbree from crosses between Buff, Bronze, and White Holland turkeys.
Apple Crunch – Texture Makes the Difference
And now back to the recipe!
I hate soggy wraps! Wraps where all the flavors meld in a blended mush and where you cannot find a separation of ingredients bores me!
Have no fear! This turkey wrap recipe has it going on!
Turkey is a mild flavored protein, especially if you have not opted for a rich and flavorful heritage breed turkey. A crisp apple brightens the taste and makes this turkey wrap a stand-out.
The crunchiness of a fresh apple, contrasted with velvety smooth sweetness of apple butter, and sharp rebellious chunks of cheddar cheese makes this turkey wrap a year-round favorite here at the big red barn.
How Do You Fold a Wrap?
My wraps are never as pretty as my sister-in-law’s. She gets them tight and snug.
She says I overfill wraps, making them uncooperative.
She may be right. But messy or not, they eat the same! Giggles
Folding a Wrap – Simple Steps
For our turkey wrap recipe, we recommend putting a layer of lettuce on first, then the turkey, apple, apple butter, and cheese. The lettuce layer helps keep the wrap from getting soggy.
Epicurious magazine did a whole article on how to fold a wrap. A whole article!
Folding a wrap is simple!
- Place filling about 2 inches up from bottom.
- Do not overfill.
- Fold sides toward middle.
- Fold bottom flap up.
- Keep everything nice and snug.
- Roll it up!
Here’s an infographic for easy reference.
Using Apple Butter Like A Spread
Friends Drift Inn Spiced Apple Butter
We use apple butter like some folks us mustard or catsup. Sometimes it is just a thin smear, sometimes we spoon it on thick! One of our most popular appetizers is our apple butter ham biscuit sandwiches.
Friends Drift Inn Spiced Apple Butter uses select varieties of apples. Most are grown right here in Kentucky.
Our Spiced Apple Butter lets the fruit shine through, with hints a ginger. There’s a background of cinnamon and warming spices too.
We choose to add no preservatives, no food colorings and no high fructose corn syrup.
If you have ever wondered just what apple butter is, check out my article about heirloom apples and the Friends Drift Inn apple butter traditions.
Who Invented the Wrap Anyway?
Y’all humanity has been eating with their hands since the dawn of time. For anyone to say they invented the wrap seems arrogant to me.
Think about it. There are foods wrapped in grape leaves. Fancy finger foods like lavash are popular on the cocktail circuit. Tour Mexico City and you are bound to find fresh tortillas.
Every culture has a take on a wrap.
Delish writer Kiri Tannenbaum says that Bobby Valentine, known to baseball fans as “Bobby V,” invented the Americanized version of the wrap as a take on the club sandwich during his days in the restaurant business.
At the end of the day, does it really matter?
Get a wrap. Throw on lettuce, turkey, apple butter, fresh apple slices and a few cubes of cheddar cheese.
Use up those leftover turkey scraps. Respect the animal that gave you those delicious bite. Make this holiday season the time you commit to reduce food waste.
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Quick, satisfying and easy our Turkey Wrap Recipe with Friends Drift Inn Apple Butter is a great way to use up turkey leftovers or deli slices.
- Whole Wheat Tortilla Wrap, 8 inch
- 2 leaves of ruffled Lettuce
- 3 ounces of Turkey
- 1 tablespoon Friends Drift Inn Spiced Apple Butter
- 1 ounce sharp Cheddar Cheese, cubed
- 1/4 of a fresh Apple, cubed
- Apple wedges for garnish (optional)
- Place tortilla wrap on work surface. Add lettuce about 2 inches from bottom edge.
- Layer on turkey, apple butter, cheese and apple cubes – leaving about 2 inches on either side.
- Fold sides toward middle.
- Pull bottom flap up snugly, catching the two sides.
- Wrap and Roll! Giggles
- Cut on diagonal for presentation. Garnish with apple wedge.
- Sister Anita says the trick is to not overfill.
- Always pat lettuce dry and use it as bottom layer to keep turkey wraps from becoming soggy.
- Like all our recipes, this formula was developed with the flavor profile of Friends Drift Inn Spiced Apple Butter in mind. We cannot predict how other products will perform.
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