What creative ways does your family recycle holiday leftovers?
Here are four of my favorite ideas:
1. Turkey Casserole
This has always been my dad’s favorite. Spread mashed potatoes on the bottom of an oven-proof rectangular or oblong dish, then a layer of dressing/stuffing, topped with a layer of shredded turkey. Cover with gravy. Add another layer of mashed potatoes. Sprinkle with swiss cheese, if desired, and bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes or until heated through and bubbly, then five minutes under the broiler.
2. Morning-After Biscuits
This is my friend Jessica’s favorite morning after-Thanksgiving breakfast. I’d never heard of this before 4 days ago but it’s destined to be a new tradition (oxymoron?) in my family. Simply take leftover dinner rolls or biscuits, cut in half and spread with butter, then place cut side up on a baking sheet under the broiler for about a minute. Watch constantly so they don’t burn! Serve with jam or honey.
3. Mini Sandwiches
Combine day-old dinner rolls with leftovers from the cold cuts platter to make cute little sandwiches. Use a selecton of different meats like turkey, salami, prosciutto and cheeses like provolone and pepper jack and slather bread generously with mayo and mustard.
4. Turkey and Vegetable Stir-fry
In my opinion, holidays are not complete without a crudite (crude-ee-tay) platter. Crudite is French for cut-up vegetables. I love to cut up broccoli, cauliflower, cucumbers and carrots and have this very healthy finger food available for guests to snack on as the meal being prepared.
However, you can pretty much guarantee it won’t be the most popular item around so there will always be leftovers! Toss leftover veggies and some turkey in a wok or hot pan along with some easy homemade stir-fry sauce or a packet from the grocery store. Add water chestnuts and cashews, if desired. Serve over rice, rice noodles, or that leftover spaghetti languishing in the back of the fridge.