Turkey Broccoli Cheddar Bake

If your family is tired of turkey already, dress it up right. This simple casserole takes no time to prepare or can be made ahead and frozen for when the appetite for turkey returns.

2 Cups rice
5 Cups herbed broth
2 Cups chopped leftover turkey
1 1/2 Cups shredded cheddar
1/2 Cup grated parmesan
16 oz frozen chopped broccoli
kick it up and add in 1+ Cup leftover veggies (corn, carrots, roasted onions, etc), chopped

In a dutch oven or other large pot that is oven safe, heat rice and broth over medium-high. Use homemade turkey stock or other light stock. Toss in any of your left over fresh herbs from your stuffing (thyme, sage, or savory). Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Toss in the turkey and heat until only a quarter of the fluid is left to absorb. Stir in broccoli, cheeses (reserving 1/2 Cup cheddar), and any left over veggies you choose.

Top with remaining cheddar and transfer to oven. Bake at 375 degrees F for 20-30 minutes, until hot and bubbly.

Serve with a green salad for a perfect, easy meal.


Veggie Leftovers Samosas

Make Thanksgiving leftovers Indian! Go ahead and be “lazy.” Get pre-fab egg roll wrappers at the grocery store and skip making pastry. You can also use pre-fab pie crust, phyllo dough, or puff pastry! This is so fast and easy, you’ll have to tell all your friends.

Crispy Samosas

Mix 3 Cups of left over veggies: Chopped green beans, sweet potatoes, corn, peas, mashed potatoes, carrots, etc. Stir in 2 tsp curry powder. Adjust the spice according to your taste.

Place 2 TBSP veggie filling on wrapper pastry (egg roll wrappers are about 3 inches square). Fold into a triangle and seal edge with a mixture of 1 egg beat with 2 TBSP water. Crimp edge down with a fork.

Brush samosas with a little peanut or vegetable oil. Bake in 400 degree F oven for 12-15 minutes, until crispy brown. Samosas can also be deep fried 3-5 minutes.

Serve with dipping sauce made from equal parts left over cranberry sauce and sauteed onions. Simply saute chopped yellow onion in butter until caramelized them stir in an equal amount of cranberry sauce.

These make a great dinner, appetizer, or hors devour for your holiday entertaining. Use vegan pastry and veggies for a vegan version.


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