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Here it is two days after the big Thanksgiving feast and you are tired of eating leftover turkey or ham sandwiches. What to do, oh what to do? Well I have complied some great recipes for making your leftover turkey (or ham) disappear and I don’t mean in the garbage can. Besides, who really wants to see all that wonderful hard work you slaved over a few days ago, go to waste.

Spicy Chile Casserole

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup chopped onion
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup chicken broth
1 1/2 cups milk
1 (4 ounce) can diced green chiles
1 (10 ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chile peppers
1 1/2 cups cubed, cooked chicken meat
10 (6 inch) corn tortillas, cut into strips
1 (8 ounce) package sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded

Directions

In a medium sauce pan, cook onion in oil over medium heat until soft. Stir in flour. Add broth and milk; cook, stirring constantly, until thickened. Stir in chilies and tomatoes.Coat a 9 x 13 inch baking pan with nonstick spray. Place 1 cup sauce in bottom of pan. Layer half the chicken, half the tortilla strips, and 1 1/4 cups sauce. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Top casserole with shredded cheese.Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 40 to 45 minutes.

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Red Beans and Rice Recipe

If you have access to ham hocks and not shanks, you may want to make up the difference in meat (hocks have much less meat) with sausage. Just take 1/2 pound of Andouille sausage, slice, brown first before adding to the beans with the ham shanks. If you do not eat pork, you might try making this with smoked turkey sausage, in which case I would replace some of the water with chicken stock

Ingredients

1 lb dry small red beans
1 1/2 to 2 lbs meaty ham shanks
4 cups water
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 large onion, chopped (about 2 cups)
1 1/2 cups chopped celery
1 cup chopped green bell pepper
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons of Cajun or Creole seasoning (Tony Chachere’s or Zatarains) or to taste*
Tabasco sauce**
Salt and pepper to taste
Cooked white rice (from about 3 cups raw rice)

*If you don’t have access to packaged seasoning, just skip it and add some thyme (fresh or dried), a bay leaf (in with the beans and shanks in step 2), and a little paprika
**We used a combo of Chipotle Tabasco sauce and regular Tabasco, could also use cayenne pepper

Place dried beans in a large bowl and cover them with cold water by a couple of inches. Let soak for 8 hours or overnight. (You can quick soak them by putting them in a bowl and pouring boiling water over them, covering them by 2 inches, then letting them soak for two hours.) Drain.

Place beans, ham shanks, garlic, chopped onion, and water in a large (8-quart) pot and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cover, simmer for 1 1/2 hours or until beans are tender.

Remove ham shanks from the pot to a dish. Let cool slightly then shred the meat away from the bones. Return the meat back to the pot. Add the celery, bell peppers, Worcestershire and seasonings. Cover and cook for another hour or until the mixture gets thick. Season to taste with Tabasco sauce, salt and pepper.

Serve over rice. (Serves 8 )

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 Leftover Chicken (or Turkey) Casserole

4 qt. casserole
4 lg. potatoes, peeled and sliced
3 med. onions, sliced
1 can peas, drained
1 can mushroom soup, diluted with milk
Leftover chicken (or turkey)

In casserole, place a layer of potatoes and layer of onion slices. Sprinkle some of the peas over the layer. Next, add pieces of chicken. Continue this until casserole is 3/4 full. Pour over the layers the mushroom soup. Place in a preheated oven (350 degrees) until the potatoes are tender. Serves 4 to 6.

I hope you all had a very happy Thanksgiving!

~Cook On~

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About Misty

I am a very caring, fun loving person, who is trying to figure out my niche in this world. I love saving (even when its not my money),working hard because I cant stand being idle, taking photos of my family (because life happens to quickly), and making the grade (because if you dont have much to think about your brain will go to mush!). All while being a fantastic and caring mother to my son Mr. Handsome who is 10 and my little girl The Little Missy who just turned 1. ~ Life is so much better through a child's eyes ~

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