Tuesday, January 4, 2011

10 Great Uses for those Leftovers

We were blessed to have mashed potatoes, a few pounds of ham and a few pounds of turkey left over from holiday meals, so... I have been researching to see what sounds like the yummiest ways to put these leftovers to work for us. Here are a ten ideas I have tried or will try this week:
1. Cream of Potato Soup--Try this--Start with a small package of frozen veggies in a butter sauce. Cook this in two cups of chicken broth for about 10 minutes (until the veggies are mushy). Pour this veggie mix in a blender and add 4-6 cups mashed potatoes, a cup of water and a 1/2 cup of milk. Blend and pour into a pot to warm. Sprinkle with cheese to serve.
2. I think tonight's dinner will use leftover turkey for "turkey and dumplings." Maybe something like this recipe only with mixed veggies in it as well.
3. I cant' wait to try substituting ham and cheese (and pickles and mustard) in this cheeseburger bun recipe.
4.  I've been wanting to try these potato pancakes for years! I'm so glad I made way too many mashed potatoes!
5. Remember my muffin-mania? Well, I haven't really gotten over it at all. I have been wanting to try these cheddar-broccoli muffins with some chopped ham in them! A meal in a muffin!
6. Okay, I'm not sure whether this is a joke or not! Can you really use mashed potatoes to make peppermint patties?? I confess my skepticism, but I do love peppermint patties!
7. 15-bean soup: There've been bags of beans in our pantry for a while, and what better time to use them than when I have plenty of ham on hand?
8. I also took the holiday-opportunity of buying up pie shells at Aldi, so I'll probably use some of that turkey to make a pot-pie. I'll make a gravy using a rue, chicken stock, and milk and then add mixed veggies (or maybe broccoli instead) and top it with a home-made crust.
9. I love scrambled eggs filled with stuff! I'm sure that some of that ham will end up in some eggs along with cheese and anything else I can get away with! Maybe it'll be a breakfast for dinner type meal and I'll serve it with home-made biscuits (1 1/2 cups AP flour, 1/2 cup whole wheat flour, and a T of baking powder mixed and cut together with 1/4 cup butter--then add 2/3 cup buttermilk. Pat out, cut and bake at 475 for 8-10 minutes) or with #4 above.
10. And, in case there is any ham left after all these yummy recipes, here are TEN MORE ham recipes including macaroni and cheese with ham!
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1 comment:

  1. I wish I had leftovers to make some of these delicious sounding recipes - I think your potato soup sounds just heavenly!! Thank you for sharing this with us at the Hearth and Soul Hop!