Thanksgiving Pot Pie

I saw a picture of a turkey pot pie  in the latest Harry & David catalog that had stuffing on the top instead of pie crust, biscuit or mashed potatoes. What a great idea! So I thought I was being so clever by using up all my Thanksgiving leftovers and making turkey pot pie for dinner tonight. I even used leftover gravy because we ran out of milk to make the sauce from the recipe. What did I end up with? Leftovers in a different shape. It was really good, though. Especially with a little side of cranberry sauce.

Shepherd’s Pie

I don’t think I’ve ever made this before. As I’m reading the recipe’s introduction: “In the Cuisine Test Kitchen, we agreed that this is one Brit food worth bringing over the pond” I realize that it’s just 2 short days after the big Royal Wedding I’ve been trying to NOT jump on the bandwagon of. Yet here I am…making Shepherd’s Pie. It turned out pretty good – needed a lot more salt & pepper than the recipe noted – and was a great way to use up some leftover mashed potatoes!

Ham-apalooza Day 2

(Post copied from “(Fill in the Blank) Fried Rice”)

The perfect dish for leftover ham? Ham Fried Rice, of course!

Directions:
-Beat 2 eggs and scramble in a hot pan. Remove and set aside.
-In the same pan, add 1 T oil. Stir fry meats of choosing (approx 1 c. total) and 1/2 c peas for 1 minute.
-Add in 4 c. cooked rice and mix well. Add cooked eggs and 1/4 c. chopped green onion.
-Stir in 2 T soy sauce, combine well and serve.

Ham-apalooza Day 1

We hosted Easter dinner at our house and have ended up with quite a lot of leftover ham. I guess it’s better than the Thanksgiving I over-invited and we ended up with NO turkey leftovers. Better? Or worse.

Anyway! Yesterday we had ham sandwiches for lunch. Today it was minced ham & egg salad sandwiches. Tonight? Ham & swiss quiche served with a spinach salad on the side (No, I didn’t make the crust. But after eating this store bought one I wish I had). And you know it HAS to be good when your husband says, “did you take a picture yet?”

(Fill in the Blank) Fried Rice

This recipe has to go under 2 categories: Sam the Cooking Guy: Book 1, and my mom’s cookbook. The recipes in both books are almost identical. The only difference: Sam has “whatever leftovers you have in the fridge” for the main ingredient where my mom’s specifies to use shrimp and ham. I used chicken and ham because that’s what I had.

Directions:
-Beat 2 eggs and scramble in a hot pan. Remove and set aside.
-In the same pan, add 1 T oil. Stir fry meats of choosing (approx 1 c. total) and 1/2 c peas for 1 minute.
-Add in 4 c. cooked rice and mix well. Add cooked eggs and 1/4 c. chopped green onion.
-Stir in 2 T soy sauce, combine well and serve.

No, fried rice is not supposed to be dark brown like when you get it from the take out place. That's just gross.

Homemade Turkey Soup

Photo from Taste of Home

Just when it seems things at our house are going to settle down they get even crazier! This soup was the perfect answer for a throw-it-together dinner (even though I had to throw everything together and then let it simmer for an hour-and-a-half): leftover turkey carcass, water, onion, carrots, celery, rice and a can of cream of chicken soup! It filled our tummies with something yummy and warm before driving to Moline with Audrey’s Brownie troop for an evening with Mickey & Minnie Mouse in a Disney on Ice show!

p. 148: Meatloaf Spaghetti Sauce

One of the first recipes I made when I started this blog was “Meatloaf Sloppy Joes” made from leftover meatloaf. Tonight I used leftover meatloaf to made spaghetti sauce. However, instead of whipping out a jar of sauce, I made Roasted Red Pepper Sauce (p. 42): 12 oz. jar roasted red peppers, drained + 28-oz can tomatoes. Put everything in a blender and blend. Easy! Sam suggests serving it: over pasta, fish, or meat, as a dip, or poured on an over-easy egg that’s on top of some grilled bread with extra virgin olive oil drizzled over everything. Apparently” it’s so crazy good you’ll want to tell everyone about it.”

It doesn’t get much more complicated for the spaghetti sauce: place the meatloaf in a nonstick pan over medium heat and crumble with the back of a spoon. Add the Roasted Red Pepper Sauce, mix well, and heat through!