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A Return to the Kitchen After Holidays, Birthdays and More – A Leftover Recipe

I took a few days off from blogging to spend some time with the family over Thanksgiving weekend and it was my Sean’s birthday this weekend as well, so it got my away from the computer for a few days, which is not always a bad thing. I know many of you are probably beyond the leftovers from Thanksgiving, but this leftover dish I prepared for breakfast on Sean’s birthday can really work any time of the year when you have leftover turkey or really any leftover poultry at all. It is a simple turkey has that you can put together quite easily and make use of some of your leftovers.

Turkey Hash

4 tablespoons butter

3 strips bacon, chopped

1 large onion, chopped

1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 pound red potatoes, cut into 1 1/2 – 2 inch cubes (about 4 large potatoes)

1 tablespoon chopped thyme

3 cloves garlic, chopped

2 cups cooked turkey, shredded into 1 – 2 inch chunks

1/2 cup chicken stock

1/4 cup cream

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

2-3 dashes hot sauce

1 tablespoon dry sherry

4 fried eggs (optional)

Heat a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 tablespoons of butter and the bacon, and cook until the bacon is brown and crisped, about 5 minutes. Add the onion and the peppers and cook until they are lightly softened, about 12 minutes. Stir in the potatoes, thyme, garlic and the turkey and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the potatoes begin to brown, about 15 minutes. Whisk together the chicken stock, cream, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce and the sherry in a separate bowl and then pour it evenly over the hash. Mash the mixture together lightly and press it firmly into the skillet. Cook until the hash is well browned on the bottom and the hash holds together in a loose cake, about 25 to 30 minutes. Place a large plate over the skillet and invert the hast onto the plate; set the plate aside.

Melt the remaining butter in the skillet, scraping up any browned bits, and return the hash to the skillet, uncooked-side down. Cook until the has is browned on the bottom and the potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes more. Cut the hash into quarters and top each quarter with a fried egg.

You have lots of options with this particular recipe. If you have other vegetables that are leftover that you might like to use in the hash, like squash or Brussels sprouts, by all means throw them in. They will add some nice flavor to the hash. You can always place the skillet in a 350 degree oven after the first initial frying instead of trying to flip it over if you are worried about how that might go. You just want to leave the hash in the oven long enough to crisp up the top and the potatoes get crunchy but tender. We actually didn’t serve this with the eggs since it was Sean’s birthday breakfast; he wanted pancakes instead so we all had hash and pancakes as our meal. I thought it was pretty tasty and the turkey went nicely with everything else and the hot sauce added a nice little kick to the hash. I think you could easily make this with any leftover poultry or meat and it would turn out just as well.

That’s all I have for today. Check back next time for some more recipes. I have a number of things to share that we have made recently, including a turkey pot pie, some lasagna, fettuccine alfredo and we have lots more still coming up, so check back to see what is next. Until next time, enjoy the rest of your day and enjoy your meal!



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Posted by on December 3, 2013 in Breakfast, Cooking, Holidays, Leftovers, Poultry, Turkey


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Some Things We Did with Leftover Turkey

I haven’t had much free time to do any posts since Thanksgiving so I didn’t get a chance to post some of the things we did with the leftover turkey. I actually was able to make three different things with the leftover turkey. The first one we made was a Turkey Barley soup. I used the turkey carcass to make some turkey stock to use for the soup. The rest of it was very easy to do and took no time at all.

Turkey Barley Soup

8 cups turkey stock made from leftover turkey carcass 
1 tablespoon olive oil 
1 onion, diced 
2 stalks celery, diced
2 carrots, diced
black pepper to taste
4 cups diced leftover turkey
4 cups water
3/4 cup pearl barley
1 cup frozen peas

In a large frying pan, heat the olive oil, add the onion and saute for 2 minutes. Add the carrots, celery, and pepper and saute about 5 minutes more.

While the vegetables are cooking, bring the turkey stock to a boil in a large soup pot. Add the vegetables and the turkey, lower the heat, and simmer for 20 minutes.

Add the water, bring the soup back to a simmer, then add the barley and simmer until the barley is soft, at least 30 minutes.
When the barley is cooked, taste the soup for seasoning, and add additional salt or pepper if needed. Simmer  for 10 minutes more then serve hot.

This makes plenty of soup and the barley actually absorbs a lot of the liquid, so it is almost like a stew if you like it that way. If you prefer it to be more like soup, you can always add more water or some chicken stock to thin it out.
We also made some Turkey Paninis for dinner one night. This was a great way to not only use the turkey but some of the other leftovers from Thanksgiving as well
Thanksgiving Leftovers Panini
8 slices of ciabatta bread or 4 ciabatta rolls, sliced in half
1/2 pound (or more) of sliced turkey
1 cup leftover turkey gravy
1 cup leftover sweet potato casserole
1 cup leftover cranberry relish
Build the sandwich – Take one slice of bread or the bottom of the roll and layer it with the turkey. Cover the turkey with some of the sweet potato casserole, some of the cranberry relish, some of the stuffing and top with the gravy. Place another piece of bread or the top of the roll on the sandwich. Continue making the rest of the sandwiches.
Heat the panini maker to 350 degrees. When the maker is hot enough, place a sandwich in the maker and press the top down. Allow the sandwich to heat until heated through, about 3 or 4 minutes. Repeat with the remaining sandwiches.
The great thing about the paninis is that you can add whatever you want to the sandwiches. You could include some sliced ham, any type of cheese that you might like, some sliced onions, roasted red peppers, really anything that you can come up with would be suitable. We actually served the sandwiches with some potato pancakes we made with some of the leftover mashed potatoes from Thanksgiving as well.
Finally, one of the last things I made with the turkey is one of my all-time favorites – Turkey Salad. I am a big sandwich fan and I love salads like this. It’s always been one of my favorite things to have after Thanksgiving.
Turkey Salad Sandwiches
1 cup leftover cooked turkey, diced
1/2 cup celery, diced
1/4 cup mayonnaise
4 hard rolls, or 8 slices of the bread of your choice
1 tomato, sliced
4 leaves of romaine lettuce
Mix the turkey with the celery and mayonnaise until well blended. Place slices of tomato on the roll or a slice of bread, cover with the turkey mixture, place a slice of lettuce over the turkey and cover with the top of the roll or another piece of bread.
There’s nothing quite like a turkey salad sandwich to top things off with your Thanksgiving leftovers.
Well it’s back to regular meals and cooking with the next post. I have several recipes that I have made in the last few weeks that I can post and a few more that I have yet to try but sound pretty good so I am looking forward to those. Until next time, enjoy the rest of your evening!
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Posted by on November 29, 2012 in Cooking, Leftovers, Sandwiches, Turkey


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Guide to Thanksgiving Leftovers

Guide to Thanksgiving Leftovers.

Here’s some more things you can do with leftovers from Thanksgiving, this time courtesy of Williams-Sonoma. The turkey soup sounds really good to me. Check it out and see if you like any of the suggestions.

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Posted by on November 23, 2012 in Cooking, Cooking Websites, Leftovers


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Thanksgiving Leftover Recipe Ideas: BA Daily:

Thanksgiving Leftover Recipe Ideas: BA Daily:

Well we all Thanksgiving day leftovers, and sure we can go the turkey sandwich route, who doesn’t love that? But more than likely, you have some other things left as well and you need to try and figure out what to do with all this stuff. Bon Appetit has some good ideas in this blog post about some different things you can make with leftovers  I have some of my own ideas as well which I will be posting this weekend. Check it out and see if there is something you want to try. I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and enjoyed the day with your family and friends.

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Posted by on November 23, 2012 in Cooking, Cooking Websites, Leftovers, Turkey


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