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Creating a main dish from the leftovers

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By now, you're probably about to finish off the remainders of your Christmas feast. You may have some small portions of items, such as ham or turkey, that you would like to use and be done with. At this point, most everyone's had their fill of turkey and ham sandwiches, so let's make something new with it, which uses both ham and turkey (or even chicken, if you have it) and that's for "Creamed Chicken and Ham".

This recipe is made in the microwave oven, so if you got a new one for Christmas, here's a recipe to get you in the habit of using it. This calls for a white sauce, which is flavored with onion, cayenne pepper, and mustard. This is cooked in the microwave on high power, to which then leftover chicken or turkey, ham, mushrooms and olives go in. This is all heated and it's ready to be served over toast, English muffins, rice, potatoes, or noodles. This is a great dish for when you would like something good and hot and it not take much time to make. In the event you don't own a microwave or you'd like to have the conventional directions, I've included those, as well.

It does call for, as I mentioned, olives and mushrooms. Not everyone is a fan of these items, so if you'd like to leave these out, you sure could. Since it calls for evaporated milk, if you'd like to use the reduced fat or fat-free versions, that would work too, which of course makes the dish less rich.

To go with this dish, you could have coleslaw or a salad. If you're serving this over any bread product, you wouldn't need to serve bread along with it. But, if you're having it with potatoes, rice or noodles, a bread would be a good idea. For dessert, how about a "Chocolate Pudding Cake", which I gave sometime ago and can be made in either the microwave or conventionally. To get the recipe, follow this link:

http://examiner.com/article/cure-your-chocolate-fix-the-microwave

Let's get rid of the leftovers by using them in this fast and easy main dish!

CREAMED CHICKEN AND HAM

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 can (12 oz.) evaporated milk
  • 1 can (4 oz.) mushrooms, drained
  • 1 cup cubed cooked chicken
  • 1-1/2 cups cubed cooked ham
  • 1/4 cup sliced olives

MICROWAVE:

Place butter and onion in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Cook on HIGH power for 1-2 minutes. Stir in the flour, mustard, salt and cayenne pepper. Gradually add the milk, blending until smooth. Cook on HIGH for 2 minutes, stirring after 1 minute. Stir in remaining ingredients and cook at 50% power for 4 minutes, stirring after 2 minutes. Serve over toast, toasted English muffins, rice, noodles, or mashed potatoes. Yield: 6 servings.

CONVENTIONAL:

Melt butter in a saucepan. Add the onion and cook until onion is transparent. Stir in the flour, mustard, salt and cayenne pepper. Gradually add the milk, blending until smooth. Cook over medium heat until mixture thickens. Add the remaining ingredients and cook for about 5 minutes or until heated completely through. Serve over toast, toasted English muffins, rice, noodles or mashed potatoes.

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