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Quick and Easy Recipes Using Cooked Turkey

Almost every household in America has the same problem the day after Thanksgiving — what will you do with all the leftover turkey? You could just reheat the leftovers and serve them. You could just slice the turkey and make cold sandwiches. But this year, after you’ve eaten the plain leftovers and sandwiches and want something with a little more pizzazz, try one of these tasty and easy recipes.

Easiest Turkey Pot-Pie
This pot-pie is very easy and results in a dinner the whole family will love. My family is partial to this recipe because they prefer the pie crust to the biscuit topping that is commonly used in pot-pies. If you don’t have frozen soup vegetables, regular mixed vegetables are fine as a substitution.
* 2 cups chopped cooked turkey
* 1 16-oz pkg frozen soup vegetables
* 1 12-oz jar turkey gravy
* 1/4 cup water
* 2 refrigerated pie crusts
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Combine turkey, vegetables, gravy and water in a mixing bowl. Set aside.
Place one of the pie crusts in a 9-inch pie pan. Add the turkey mixture. Place the remaining pie crust on top. Seal the edges of the pie crusts. Cut slits in the top pie crust to vent.
Bake in the oven for 1 hour, until crust is golden and filling is bubbly.

Turkey Hoagies
Whether you call them hoagies, subs or grinders, these hot sandwiches are just right for a quick meal when you want something warm and yummy without a lot of work.
* 1 Tbsp olive oil
* 1 large onion, sliced
* 1 large green pepper, sliced
* 1 cup chopped cooked turkey
* 1/8 cup Italian salad dressing
* 4 hoagie rolls, split
* 1 cup mozzarella cheese
Saute onions and green pepper in pan with olive oil until they begin to soften. Add turkey and Italian salad dressing to the onion and pepper mixture and heat through. Divide onion, pepper and turkey mixture between the hoagie rolls and top each with the mozzarella cheese.

This year, give your family an extra reason to be thankful by cooking something new with your Thanksgiving turkey leftovers.

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Holiday Leftover Ideas

The holidays are a time for friends and family and good old-fashioned home cooking. Who can resist the tempting smells coming from the kitchen at this most favorite time of year? Holiday dinners were among my favorite, most memorable meals as a child. Our family shared our holiday meals with different relatives each year, but wherever we were and whoever we were with, we always knew to expect good food and enjoyable family gatherings that we would remember for months to come.
When I was a child, it was always a tradition in our family to have turkey for Thanksgiving and ham for Christmas. We would also always enjoy mounds of creamy mashed potatoes and gravy, candied yams with lots of butter, brown sugar, and melted marshmallows, and I could always count on sampling my dad’s famous fruit salad. He would meticulously cut each fruit into bite-size pieces (apples, oranges, grapes, bananas, and raisins), and mix it all together with a generous portion of homemade whipped cream. Homemade cranberry sauce was also always a special holiday treat.
Now that I’m married we have even more family to share our holiday meals with. With so much family, though, we rarely get to host dinner at our house. It’s always nice to go to someone else’s house to eat, but then we don’t get any of the leftovers! We usually end up taking advantage of the holiday sales at the supermarket though, and then we can have our own little feast. I’ve had a lot of fun over the years devising ways to use up the leftovers from our own holiday meals–and I’d like to share some of my favorite recipes with you.

Turkey and Rice Soup
2 1/2 cups turkey, cooked and diced
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 6-ounce box long-grained rice
2 cups mushrooms, sliced
1/2 cup onion, diced
1 cup carrots, grated
In a large saucepan, combine all ingredients with 6 cups of water. Simmer, covered, until rice is cooked, approximately 30 minutes. Great with fresh bread.

Turkey Spaghetti
8 oz. spaghetti or other pasta
1 can cream of chicken or cream of mushroom soup
3/4 c. grated mild cheddar cheese
2 c. leftover cooked, diced turkey
Salt and pepper to taste
Optional – diced celery and/or diced onion to your taste
Prepare soup as directed. Prepare spaghetti as directed then drain. Combine spaghetti, soup and remaining ingredients. Stir until cheese melts. Serve and enjoy!

Mashed Potatoes and Ham Bake
2 cups mashed potatoes
2 tablespoons mustard
2 cups ham, cubed
1/2 cup cottage cheese
1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium-sized bowl, mix mashed potatoes and mustard. Spread potato mixture in the bottom of a greased 8-inch square baking pan. Arrange ham on top of potatoes. In a small bowl, mix cottage cheese and cheddar cheese. Spread over ham. Bake until mixture is heated through, about 30 minutes.

Chopped Ham Sandwiches
2 lb. leftover ham, chopped into bite-sized pieces
2 tbsp. brown sugar
1 c. ketchup
1/4 c. vinegar
1 c. water
1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
Fry ham in a skillet and sprinkle flour over it. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Simmer for 1 hour and serve on toast or hamburger buns. Makes 15 to 20 sandwiches.
Originally published at Suite 101. Rachel Paxton is a freelance writer and mom who is the author of What’s for Dinner?, an e-cookbook containing more than 250 quick easy dinner ideas. For recipes, tips to organize your home, home decorating, crafts, holiday hints, and more, visit Creative Homemaking at http://www.creativehomemaking.com/.