Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Yummy in My Tummy: Thanksgiving Leftovers

This frugalista had one busy morning.  I took my leftover turkey and ham from our Thanksgiving feast on Sunday and turned them into a variety of casseroles to fill my freezer.  I have come to realize that I will most likely rather spend my evenings after work playing with my lil girl as opposed to cooking dinner. 

I made three different casserole recipes.  Each recipe made two family-size servings.  This leaves me with dinner for tonight and five other meals for when I go back to work. 

The first recipe I made is called Thanksgiving Leftover Casserole.  This used my leftover turkey, mashed potatoes, and stuffing mix and created a yummy casserole.  It has a really nice sauce that holds it all together.  I enhanced the flavor by adding thyme, rosemary, and sage to the sauce.  I did some quality control when it came out of the oven, and I give this 2 thumbs up. 

I used the rest of my leftover turkey to make Turkey Tetrazzini.  We are going to eat one of the casseroles for dinner tonight.  I also taste tested this one when it came out of the oven....YUM!  It is creamy and cheesy and loaded with fat and calories.  I lightened mine up with skim milk and margarine. 

The last casserole I made is mimicked after one of my favorite meals of my Mama's.  It is Cheesy Ham and Potato Casserole.  I don't actually follow a recipe for this one.  All you do is boil some potatoes, mix them with chunks of ham, drench it in a cheese and milk sauce, and bake.  It is always a hit. 

I am definitely going to appreciate these casseroles in a few weeks! 


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