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Turkey and dressing remix


We are at the end of Thanksgiving and surrounded by leftovers.  What to do?  Don't throw out anything.  You can make so many different dishes from your leftovers.  Some can even be frozen to use later.  Even the turkey bones can be frozen and used later to make stock.  In this article we will tackle using your leftover turkey and dressing.

First the turkey:  We very seldom have leftover turkey, but on occasion we have had to come up with ideas.  You can do any dish with turkey that you would normally do with chicken.  For example: Chicken and rice (chicken bog), chicken and dumplings or chicken noodle soup.  These are the basic ideas.  If you want something totally different, make turkey tetrazzini.  This is a family favorite.

Turkey tetrazzini:

  • Cook a large box of angel hair pasta.
  • Chop your turkey into bite size pieces. 
  • Mix your pasta, turkey and a large can of cream of mushroom soup. 
  • Salt and pepper to taste. 
  • You can add chopped onions or mushrooms to this as well. 
  • Pour pasta mixture into a large pan and cover with shredded cheese (your choice). 
  • Bake at 350 degrees until hot and bubbly and cheese is completely melted. 
  • Add garlic bread and a small salad and you have a very good meal. 
  • View another version of this recipe.

Now the dressing:  In my family we always have leftover dressing.  I hate waste so I always look for ways to use it up.  Aaron McCargo from the food network has a wonderful recipe for sausage stuffed stuffing.  You could use the dressing in place of the stuffing and make a great snack for everybody.  Another idea would be to break the dressing up into a bowl, add a can of cream of mushroom soup (or your choice). Mix until moistened, add milk if needed.  Spread dressing in a pan and place marinated pork chops or chicken breast over the top.  Cover with foil and bake at 375 degrees for 40 minutes or until meat is completely done. You could also add a beaten egg and enough milk to moisten the dressing,  Form into patties and flour lightly.  Fry in melted butter and serve as a side dish to fried chicken or pork chops.

What ever you do, pass it on. 

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