Once the kids left home,
I suddenly had a lot of leftovers. And so I had to think of creative
ways to use them. You know the scenario. The Festive
Season is suddenly over and you don't know what to do with all that
turkey and ham? Well, we all have the same problem, and as a
result we some great recipes using either leftover ham or
turkey and hopefully making space in that fridge of yours after
I don't know about you but when you look at your fridge after
Thanksgiving and Christmas and all you see is a mountain of food that
you have no idea how you will reinvent it into something new,
you will have that meat
sitting in the
fridge for weeks until you have to throw it out. What a waste! It
doesn't have to be like that.
We hope you enjoy both our ham our turkey recipes using leftovers which
can all be found below. We would appreciate any comments from you, once
you have used them, so that the rest of our readers can see what your
experience was like
Tips for Using Leftover Meat
When using cooked meat only re-heat it once because
if you re-cook it several times some meats can become indigestible.
What to do with
Leftovers - Turkey Leftover Recipes
Turkey Crouquettes Take scraps of turkey, You can also add some ham
as well if you like.
Pinch of herbs
1 tablespoon butter
3 tablespoon flour
1 cup milk
Oil for cooking
Finely chop the turkey
leftovers, season well and add herbs. Add to
this a very thick white sauce made by adding the flour to the melted
butter, cook for 2 minutes and gradually add up to a cup of milk.
Season well. Add meat.
Flour a board and roll meat mixture into a long roll 1 1/4 inch thick.
Cut into equal lengths, about 3 inches, roll in seasoned
flour, then dip into beaten egg, and then finally into seasoned crumbs.
Shake off excess crumbs. Drop into deep hot frying oil. Serve with a
salad and tomato sauce.
Take scraps of turkey.
Again you could use ham instead. Make your
favorite thin pancake batter and cook thin pancakes. Using the recipe
above, add a little more milk, add some cheese and parsley. Season to
taste and wrap up in your warm pancakes.
2 teaspoons peanut butter
2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger,
clove crushed garlic
1x tablespoon soy sauce
4 teaspoons seasame oil
4 teaspoons honey
6 tablespoons olive oil
A generous squeeze of
Season and mix with:
12 oz (340 g) shredded,
turkey mixed with 4 chopped spring onions and 1/2 a cucumber cut into
batons. Serve on noodles, with a sprinkling of cashew nuts.
Turkey Club Sandwiches
18 slices bread
4 ripe avocados
1 bunch radishes, trimmed and sliced thinly
4 oz (113g) alfalfa sprouts
12 thin slices roast turkey leftovers
salt and freshly ground black pepper
mash avocado flesh with a fork and season to taste. Spread over the 12
slices of bread. Top with radishes, sprouts and leftover turkey.
the sandwiches together so that each sandwhich has 2 layers and 3
slices of bread. Slice in half on the diagonal and serve.
What to do with
Leftovers? - Ham Leftover Recipes
Poached Egg and Grilled Ham Steaks
6 slices of leftover ham with maple syrup. Grill over a
heat, until syrup is caramelised and ham has heated through. Be careful
not to burn.
Meanwhile, crack 6 eggs into individual ramekin bowls and microwave on
High (100%) for 1 minute, cooking 2 eggs at a time. Or, you can poach
the in some vinegar water in a pan.
Make a hollandaise or cheese sauce. Add a tablespoon of finely chopped
6 slices ciabatta bread, add butter if desired, and spread slices with
wholegrain mustard. Top with ham steaks and egg. Spoon over
hollandaise sauce with either spinach leaves or celery on the side.
Serve with fried potatoes.
Leftover Ham and Egg Ceasar Salad
6 slices of bread into small pieces and toss in 2 tablespoons olive oil
and 1 crushed, peeled garlic clove. Bake in a moderate oven for 12 - 15
minutes, or until golden.
Wash and drain a cos lettuce, and tear
into bite size pieces. Transfer to a salad bowl and add 200g diced leg
ham leftovers, 4 quartered boiled eggs and 150 ml Caesar salad dressing.
Top with garlic croutons and Parmesan cheese shavings and serve.
Ham and Turkey Glazed Loaf
1 lb minced ham
1/2 lb minced turkey
1/2 cup coarse cracker crumbs (8 cream crackers)
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup buttermilk or milk
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
8 canned pineapple rings
salt and pepper to taste
3/4 cup brown sugar
teaspoon prepared mustard
pepper to taste
combine meat, cracker crumbs, onion, milk, egg, parsley, and seasoning.
Shape into 9 patties, the diameter of each being the same as the
diameter of the pineapple rings.
baking dish (12" x 7
1/2") line up a row of alternating ham patties and pineapple slices;
insert a skewer (At least 2 inches longer than the loaf) through the
patties and the pineapple slices. Bake in a slow oven (325
degrees F.) for 30 minutes.
the ingredients for the glaze. Pour a little over the roll; bake for 30
minutes more, basting frequently with the remaining glaze.
from baking dish to warm platter, by lifting both ends of the skewer.
Remove the skewer. Serve cold on a bed of cos lettuce, topped with
glace cherries. This meat can also be served hot with vegetables.
1 small onion, diced
1 hard-boiled egg
1/2 cup milk
1 cup leftover ham, diced
1 cup grated cheese
salt and pepper to taste
eggs, add milk, salt, mustard and pepper. Mince together ham, onion,
hard-boiled egg and cheese. Line Pyrex dish or deep plate with pastry.
Then put mixture on the pastry. Bake for 15 minutes at 375 degrees F.
or until puffy and golden.
Ham and Cheese Tarts
6 oz (185 g) cream
1 tablespoon milk
1/4 teaspoon finely shredded orange peel
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 cup sour light cream
1 tablespoon chopped chives or spring onion
1/2 cup finely diced leftover ham
24 purchased tiny vol-au-vent cases
Blend cream cheese, milk, orange peel and mustard. Fold in sour cream,
chives and ham. Spoon about 3 teapoons of the filling into each of the
pastry cases. Sprinkle lightly with paprika. Bake at 375 degrees F.
(190 degrees C.) for 20 - 25 minutes. Serve warm. Makes 20.
What to do with
Leftovers? Leftover Ham and Turkey Salads
Turkey and Fennel Salad
1lb (450g) shredded, cooked turkey
1/3 lb (150g) watercress
1 fennel bulb, thinly sliced
2 oranges, peeled and sliced through in rings
Mix all together.
If you find that the fennel is too strong,
then soak in some water with a squeeze of lemon for an hour before
mixing with the rest of the ingredients.
Mango, Ham and Turkey Salad 2 mangos, sliced
8 cos lettuce leaves, washed
8 slices leftover ham
1 red capsicum, sliced
2 boiled eggs, quartered
alfalfa sprouts, to garnish
the leaves into bite size pieces. Place on a large platter and arrange
leftover meat, quartered boiled eggs and mango on the lettuce bed.
Arrange sliced red capsicum on the
top. Sprinkle alfalfa sprouts over the top to garnish.
As an alternative, take out the eggs and
replace them with peach halves. Fill with cottage cheese.
What to do with
Leftovers? Quick and Ideas for Turkey and Ham
hope these ideas for leftovers will help empty those stuffed fridges
and fill those hungry hordes that gather during Christmas and
Ideas and Recipes for Left Over Turkey
4 soft tortillas with 12 oz (340 g) shredded, cooked turkey leftovers,
1/2 red onion finely sliced, good quality tomato salsa and 1 sliced
avocado. Top with sour cream and wrap.
- Mix 12 oz (340 g)
shredded, cold turkey leftovers with 3 oz (85 g) cooked prawns, 4 oz
(113 g) sliced button mushrooms and 8 oz (230 g) cooked and sliced new
potatoes. Bind with 4 tablespoons mayonnaise that has been mixed with 2
teapoons horseradish sauce. Serve on a bed of shredded lettuce leaves.
4 tablespoons mayonnaise with 1 chopped garlic clove, 2 anchovies, 1
tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese and a squeeze of lemon. Add a little
extra anchovy or olive oil to loosen. Serve with cold turkey leftovers
mixed with cos lettuce, 3 rashers chopped crispy bacon and a handful of
- Chop 3 tablespoons
dried apricots with 2 teaspoons
apricot jam or mango chutney, 2 teapoons good quality curry paste, 2
tablespoons mayonnaise and 1 1/2 tablespoons yogurt. Mix 12 oz (340g)
turkey leftovers, and 10 oz (285 g) cooked rice with enough sauce to
bind. Top with a sprinkling of toasted flaked almonds.
Ideas and Recipes for Left Over Ham
- For a quick and easy
snack, sandwich together sliced ham
leftovers, English mustard, sauerkraut and Gryuere in sliced rye bread.
- Enclose shredded ham
leftovers in a herb-filled omelette,
drizzle with creme-fraiche and serve with a tomato salad.
sliced ham leftovers, pickled eggs, a wedge of good cheddar, dill
pickles and mustard with a loaf of homemade sourdough bread.
savory French Toast with thinly sliced ham leftovers, baby spinach,
roasted baby tomatoes on the vine and a thick, cheese or Hollandaise
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