It’s hard to believe that Christmas is just around the corner! This is my favourite time of the year, filled with family, wonderful traditions and of course, delicious food. In our family, Christmas Eve is usually a stand-up style dinner – easy-to-eat hors d’oeuvres that we enjoy over several hours. Breakfast on the 25th always includes good coffee, juice, a special fruit salad and scones. And we’re all about tradition for dinner – turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, rutabaga, squash, broccoli… and lots of it, because we love leftovers around here!
If you’re getting bored of the standard hot-turkey sandwiches, here are FOUR delicious ways to use up your leftovers:
· Turkey, cranberry and asiago quesadilla’s (spread cranberry sauce onto one flour tortilla, top with sliced turkey, asiago cheese and chopped, leftover vegetables. Top with second tortilla. Grill in lightly oiled pan set over medium heat, turning once, until brown on both sides)
dinner casserole – make a simple béchamel (white sauce) and thin it out with a bit of chicken stock or white wine. Add leftover chopped turkey and vegetables, stir to combine. Spread leftover mashed potatoes or squash onto the bottom of a casserole pan, top with turkey mixture, then top with leftover stuffing. Sprinkle with a handful of dried cranberries, then dot with butter and bake until warm. Turkey
grilled cheese – stuff your favourite bread with turkey, grilled squash, brie cheese and cranberry sauce. Spread with butter and grill on both sides until golden brown. Turkey
· Zesty turkey & peanut soup (recipe can be found on my website at: http://www.danashortt.ca/recipes.htm)
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year to you, your family and friends.