Friday, December 23, 2016

Challenge #24 Christmas Traditions and Recipes

Not Turkey Again?!
In many families, roast turkey is served for Christmas Day dinner. If yours is one, I bet you've heard the words, "Not turkey again?!" many times. Well, try some of the following recipes and they won't complain for a long time!
For some yummy leftover ham recipes, scroll down further for the answer to the age-old question, "Not ham again?!" 

BBQ Turkey Pizza
-Pat Martin
Pizza crust

BBQ sauce
Toppings: leftover turkey, cut in small pieces
1/2 cup cooked & crumbled bacon
1/4 cup chopped onion
blend of shredded mozzarella & cheddar cheeses
Place pizza crust on pan or stone and cover with BBQ sauce. Add your toppings and then your cheese.
Bake at 400 degrees F/204 degrees C until cheese is melted. Yum!

Turkey Hot Cakes 
  -Kathy Toscano
2-1/2  cups leftover turkey
2   cups leftover mashed potatoes
2 cups Stuffing
1 Egg, beaten  
Salt & pepper to taste
**Mix above in large bowl and chill in fridge for one hour. 
Heat 1/4 cup oil and 2 TBSP butter in large or electric frying pan. 
Form leftover mix into flattened balls and heat until browned on both sides.
Drain and serve with or without leftover gravy. 
Depending on the size of your flattened balls, makes 16-20 fry hotcakes.

 Personalized Turkey Pot Pies
  -Pat Martin
4 cups leftover turkey chopped
Assorted canned vegetables (whatever your family likes-I use peas, carrots, green beans, sliced potatoes & mushrooms)
2 cans condensed cream of chicken soup, thinned to gravy consistency with milk
Refrigerated pie crusts (each package I buy has 2 crusts, which is enough for 2-1/2 pot pies)
Using oven-proof bowls (like Pyrex or Corning Ware), cut out crust to line bottom of bowls. 
Pour ¼ cup thinned soup in bottom of bowl, then add by small handfuls turkey and veggies, adding more soup as you add. 
This is where your family’s personalizing comes in (I don’t like peas, daughter doesn’t like mushrooms, etc.) 
Top with crust and cut holes to vent (I carve each person’s initials in crust). Bake at 350 degrees until crust is golden brown (remember, everything is already cooked!).
If you’re trying to cut carbs, just skip the bottom crust and put on a top crust.

Turkey (or Chicken) Croquettes
  -Pat Jung
3 c leftover turkey/chicken, chopped coarsely 1 can cream of chicken soup (do not thin)

Mix together the above and chill for at east two hours.
When ready to cook, heat oil in shallow pan (I use electric frying pan), enough to cover half of each croquette.
Place one bowl each flour, 2 beaten eggs, bread crumbs next to container of turkey mix.
Using an ice cream scoop, form balls of the mix and roll each in flour first, egg second, bread crumbs last (I place mine on a cookie sheet and pop into freezer until I have enough for a full pan).
Gently place each croquette in heated oil until browned on both sides (remember, the turkey is already cooked). Drain on paper towels and serve with creamy chicken gravy:
1 can cream of chicken soup, thinned to gravy consistency with milk. Heat, stirring often.
I often serve these with leftover mashed potatoes.


Now it's time to "ham it up" with these leftover ham recipes:

Breakfast Muffin Sandwiches
-Sue Watson
Leftover ham slices, warmed up
English muffins, toasted
Cheese slices
Eggs, overeasy, overmedium or scrambled
Cook eggs individually to each family member's choice.
Toast muffins.
Add cheese slice, ham slice and egg.
Happy Day-after-Christmas!

Crustless Ham & Cheese Quiche
-Marie Traficanto

4 cups leftover ham, cut into bite-sized pieces
24 oz small curd cottage cheese
12 oz cheddar cheese,cubed
6 eggs
6 Tbsp. Flour

Paprika to sprinkle on top
Mix all together, put into a buttered or cooking sprayed 9"x13"  glass casserole dish. Sprinkle paprika on top.  
Bake at 350 degrees 45-50 minutes.  
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