Between these three recipes most of my leftovers are taken care of. They are also conveniently a breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Leftover Mashed Potato Cakes
2 cups left over mashed potatoes
1 shallot, finely diced
3/4 cup flour
1 large egg
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup oil for frying
Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Add spoonfulls to heated oil and fry until golden/medium brown on both sides.
Set on paper towels to drain extra oil and let cool slightly.
1 sandwich roll cut in half(not all the way through). Add mayonnaise to both sides.
On one side of the bread add a thin layer of cranberry sauce to the mayonnaise. Add a layer of shredded turkey meat on top of the cranberry then add heaping spoonfuls of stuffing on top of the turkey and spread out(moist sage stuffing works best) fold together and enjoy.
Turkey & Dumplings with Winter Root Vegetables
6 pieces pepper bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 tablespoon butter
1 shallot, diced
3 pieces of celery, sliced
1 celeriac root, diced
1 rutabaga, diced
1 parsnip, sliced
2 carrots, sliced
3 potatoes, chopped into bite sized pieces
2 quarts low sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup frozen peas (can be substituted with green beans)
3 sprigs of fresh thyme
1/8 tsp dried thyme
1 bay leaf
1/4 teaspoon dried sage
1 cup leftover turkey meat, shredded into small chunks
salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1/2 cup milk
1 package biscuit dough
In a 4 qt soup pan add bacon and cook until crisp, set bacon aside and remove all but 1 tbs oil from the pan.
Add butter and shallots to pan and cook for 3-4 minutes. Add celery, celeriac, rutabaga, parsnip, carrots and potatoes and cook over medium-high heat until things begin to brown slightly, 5-8 minutes, stir often.
Add chicken broth, peas, thyme, bay leaf, sage, bacon and turkey meat, reduce heat to a simmer and cook, covered, for about 10 minutes.
Mix the milk and flour together unti well combined and add to soup pot, mix well and remove bay leaf. Taste test for seasoning adjustments.
Open biscuit package and flatten out the biscuits with your fingers by stretching them, cover all areas on the surface with dough. place lid on pan and simmer for 20 minutes.