In a typical household, the frig on the day after Thanksgiving is usually over filled with leftover turkey, ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, greens or green beans, corn, dinner rolls, cranberry sauce and turkey gravy. Often you will hear of friends and family members visiting popular fast food restaurants on the day or two after Thanksgiving buying burgers and such. Then the mother or the preparers of all that Thanksgiving turkey and sides are outraged because of all the leftover food.
Well here is a multiple solution to this common food dilemma. While using every thanksgiving leftover, here are some wonderful recipe ideas, compliments of Chef Instructor, Jim Davis of Bryan’s Kitchen, for breakfast frittata, quiche, burritos and shepherd’s pie that will have you and your family excited to eat turkey all over again.
Turkey (chopped in pieces)
Ham (chopped into pieces)
Stuffing or dressing
1 Chef’s knife
1 Cutting board
1 Wooden spoon
1 Large Steel mixing bowl
1 Large non-stick skillet or pan
1 Baking Sheet
1 Baking dish (at least 8×8 or larger)
Breakfast Frittata: A Baked Omelet
6 Large Eggs
1 Medium Carrot, chopped
1 Celery stalk, chopped
1 Medium Onion, chopped
2 T Butter, melted
½ c Milk
½ c Swiss cheese, shredded or cubed
Salt and black pepper to taste
Leftovers: ½ c Turkey, ½ c Ham, ¼ c stuffing, ½ c green beans and about 6 pieces of sweet potatoes
Break the eggs one at a time into the mixing bowl. Be sure to break eggs on a flat surface to prevent egg shells from getting inside of frittata. Whisk together until eggs are well blended. Add salt and black pepper to taste. Then add milk and whisk again to blend together. Set aside.
In non-stick skillet or pan, add butter. Heat until melted. Add in chopped carrots, celery and onions. Stir with wooden spoon and sauté veggies until soft. Add leftovers: ½ c Turkey, ½ c Ham, ¼ c stuffing, ½ c green beans and about 6 pieces of sweet potatoes. Stir and mix in leftovers with veggies.
Then add shredded or cubed Swiss cheese. Pour egg mixture over food in skillet.
Bake at 375 degrees for 5-7 minutes or until golden brown. Enjoy for breakfast the morning after Thanksgiving. Makes 2-4 servings.
4 large Eggs
1 ½ c Half Milk and Half Cream
2 c Swiss, Gruyere, Parmesan or Cheddar cheese, grated or shredded
1 c French Fried Onions
1 Pie Crust Shell, purchased or homemade
Salt and Black Pepper (to taste)
Leftovers: 1 c Ham, 1 c Turkey, 1 c Broccoli or Green beans
To make the custard, break the eggs into a mixing bowl.
Note: Be sure to break eggs on a flat surface to prevent egg shells from getting inside your quiche. Then add salt, black pepper to taste and half and half. Whisk together until lightly blended. Set aside.
Using the purchased or homemade pie crust shell, add chopped ham and turkey. Then add broccoli pieces or green beans. Then add fried onions and 1 cup of your favorite grated or shredded cheese. Using your hands, evenly spread ingredients at the bottom of pie crust to create the base of your quiche.
Next add the custard mixture to filled pie crust. Add the remaining cup of cheese. Place filled pie crust on a baking sheet. Place inside preheated oven at 375 degrees. Bake for 40 minutes or until golden brown. This is another wonderful after Thanksgiving meal. Makes 4-5 servings.
4 Flour Tortillas
1 c Ham, sliced
1 c Turkey, sliced
1 c Stuffing or dressing
1 c Green beans or greens
2 c Cheese (Swiss, Asiago, Monterrey, Pepper Jack, Parmesan or Cheddar)
1 c Cranberry sauce (or 1 T per burrito)
1 c Turkey Gravy
Take each flour tortilla and lay flat on plate or countertop. Add a few pieces of leftovers: meat, either ham, turkey or both to the center of the tortilla. Add slices of your favorite cheese to each burrito. Then fill each tortilla with stuffing, about 2-3 Tablespoons. Then add ¼ cup of green beans or greens to the tortilla. Finally add about 1 Tablespoon of cranberry sauce to give burrito extra flavoring.
To make the burritos, fold the end over ingredients and tuck in the sides. Then fold over tortilla again until completely rolled tightly.
Note: please do not over fill the burritos or you risk creating a messy burrito explosion.
Place same side down. Use full cup of turkey gravy on top of stuffed burritos. Place remaining cheese on top. Shredded or cubed cheese works the best. Place burritos in a baking dish. Then place in oven and bake at 375 degrees for 40 minutes or until cheese is slightly browned and bubbly. This makes a wonderful snack to have anytime days after Thanksgiving. Makes 4 servings.
Using all leftover ingredients:
1 c Green beans
1 c Stuffing
2-3 c Mashed potatoes
½ c Sweet potatoes
½ c Broccoli
1 ½ c Ham, diced
1 ½ c Turkey, diced
1 ½ c Gravy
1 c French Fried onions
1 T Black pepper
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a baking dish or pan, add diced turkey and ham, stuffing, green beans, and broccoli. Then spoon gravy over the leftovers. Then spoon mashed potatoes over leftovers in gravy and spread over the top evenly to cover entire dish. Sprinkle black pepper over the mashed potatoes.
Then place in oven. Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes until bubbly. Remove from oven and top with French fried onions. This adds a wonderful new twist to an after Thanksgiving dinner. Make 4-5 servings.