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Old 09-18-2004, 10:01 AM   #1
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How do you use your leftovers and turn them into something good?

Yes, I'm talking about leftovers. This usually doesn't matter to me, except for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I'm really looking for ideas of what other people turn they're leftover into, not just eating leftover turkey sandwiches. I'm looking for things to do with leftover mashed potatoes, different ways to use the meat, things to do with rice, etc.

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I make turkey jambalaya.
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Old 09-18-2004, 10:37 AM   #3
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I truly, madly, deeply hate wasting food, so I am also looking for creative ways to use up that last bit of meat, spoonful of veggies (I know - soup), etc. This is the one topic I consulted on That Other Site for ideas. Here's some recycling tips I've used:

Mashed potatoes - add some flour, chopped onion, form patties, fry.

Stale, hard rolls - grind up into bread crumbs (you could coat your mashed potato frycakes)

Ham: chop it up and add it and the bone to a pot for split pea soup

Turkey: make tetrazzini, or quickly stir fry it with some fresh veggies and that leftover rice

Sweet potatoes: mash and add to muffin recipes

Cranberries (not that jellied stuff out of the can, the real thing): add to simple syrup, boil to thicken a little more for pancake syrup
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Old 09-18-2004, 01:29 PM   #4
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I only have a few. Usually leftover chicken meat, turkey whatever, goes into enchiladas. Leftover ham is used as a topping for brandied chicken (OMG...my favourite meal!). Shepherds pie is an excellent way to use up leftover veggies and mashed potatoes. I also cheat and make easy stir fry with any leftover veggies and meat. My mom used to just fry the leftover potatoes and we would eat them the next day too. Hope some of this is helpful. If you want any more specific recipes I will be happy to post them with the caveat that I don't use very specific measurements.
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Old 09-18-2004, 02:04 PM   #5
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almost any kind of meat can go into tomato sauce and simmer until it's falling apart. my mom used to put leftover grilled chicken breasts, cubes of steak, pork chops, all kinds of leftover fish, what have you in a little tomato, basil, and garlic sauce. it was sometimes weird but always good.
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Old 09-18-2004, 04:33 PM   #6
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One of my favorites with leftover turkey or chichen is to make a bechamel sauce, add a little wine, garlic powder, nutmeg or whatever you like. Add the cubed turkey and leftover veggies. Put them into the puff pastry shells you buy in the frozen food section and serve with a little cranberry sauce.
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Old 09-18-2004, 04:51 PM   #7
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Larger cuts of meat are eaten first as a main dish with potato and veggies. Leftovers go into a pasta dish and/or a rice dish. I really don't mind a cold sandwich if anything is left after that, if you're tired of sandwiches, make a wrap.
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A few more thoughts:

All carcasses (poultry, ham, beef) should be frozen with a little meat and fat still clinging to them. When you're ready, you make soup stock out of these. Soup is the ultimate cemetery where all good leftovers go to die.
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A few more thoughts:

Soup is the ultimate cemetery where all good leftovers go to die.
Soup is the ulimate gate to heaven where all leftovers go to live on!
Just my opinion - cleaning out the fridge offers so many delights that might otherwise be thrown out.

I just like a positive spin on my recycled garbage - since hubby doesn't eat left overs - hee hee hee ... If only he knew
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Old 09-18-2004, 05:22 PM   #10
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I just fry the mashed potatoes up in some butter. I have made potato cakes. Every thing else just gets heated up and eatin.
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