There is always leftover food after every feast and the one big question lurking is what to do with it. We show you how you can make the most of leftover salmon and leftover turkey. Look up our delicious leftover recipes be it leftover ham recipes or leftover chicken recipes. You can be sure to come up with interesting dishes on your dinner table.
Leftover food tips
It is necessary to have a basic understanding of food handling and storage of leftover foods in order to avoid food poisoning later.
- Proper refrigeration is essential for foods leftover. Consuming spoilt food can result in disaster. Beware that food gets spoiled before it looks, smells or tastes bad. Therefore use a refrigerator thermometer to ensure proper storage below 40 degrees Farenheit.
- For a safe and tasty meal, it is desirable to reheat the leftover to 165 degrees Farenheit.
- Follow the golden rule on reheating. It should be done once and once only. A cooked item that is reheated for more than once can harbor bacteria which could make one seriously ill.
- Make sure that reheated dishes are cooked right through and served piping hot.
- In case of restaurant leftovers, refrigerate within two hours of eating the meal. It is also recommended to label the date of restaurant leftovers as these should be consumed within three to four days.
Leftover Food Recipes
- Form balls with leftover mashed potatoes around cubes of cheese and roll in crumbs and broil until golden brown.
- Leftover spaghetti noodles make a wonderful addition to any stir fry dish. Stir fry noodles in two tablespoons hot oil for few minutes and remove and set aside. Stir in the fried noodles last.
- For delicious turkey sandwich, place sliced leftover turnkey breast and add a spoonful of stuffing between two slices of bread.
- Combine leftover mashed potatoes with chopped onions and shredded cheese and then bake.
- Add diced raw vegetables and enough bottled Italian dressing to leftover spaghetti noodles for an easy and refreshing salad.
- Leftover veggies from a relish tray can be used in soups, stews and salads. They can also be sliced and sautéed until tender to fill an omelet or use as a fillet for meat loaf.
- Freeze leftover cooked fish and thaw, flake and toss with onions, salad vegetables and a dressing.
- A delicious sandwich filling can be made with minced beef scraps, mixing them with mayonnaise or cream cheese or spicing up with mustard horseradish or pickle.
- Freeze leftover coffee or tea into coffee / tea ice cubes and use for iced coffee or other iced drinks instead of pouring leftover coffee/tea.
Leftover turkey recipe
- Diced turkey can be mixed with rich tomato sauce and served with pasta or rice.
- Cube turkey into a white sauce. Season with tarragon and sweet corn and mushrooms. Top it with pastry and bake after putting in a pie dish.
- Leftover turkey can be shredded and added to Chinese leaves, onions and other vegetables and served with noodles.
- Saute chopped onions and peppers and add diced turkey and cook under hot grill or bake in oven until set. Serve with crusty bread and tomato salad.
Leftover turkey soup
This easy and delicious turkey soup can be prepared by diligently using leftover turkey from Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner.
2 bay leaves
1 packet frozen corn
1 cup barley
Salt and pepper
A pinch of thyme
Heat the turkey in a large pot of water. Add pepper corns and bay leaves. Strain resultant broth. Pick meat off the bones, shred and return to broth. Add vegetables, corn, barley, salt, pepper, parsley and thyme. Bring to boil and simmer for about thirty minutes. Skim as required.
Leftover Ham bake
3 tablespoon butter
3 tablespoon flour
Salt and pepper
2 cups milk
1 cup grated cheese
1 cup cubed leftover ham
2 tablespoon butter, melted
Boil potatoes in a pan of water. Remove and drain immediately. Transfer to greased casserole dish. Stir flour, salt and pepper in a few tablespoons of butter. Cook over low heat stirring constantly. When thickened add cheese, cooking until bubbly. Pour sauce over potatoes. Add ham and mix gently so as not to break up potato slices. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs mixed melted butter. Bake at 350 degrees for an hour.
Leftover Ham pie
2 cup cooked ham cut into bite size
1 ½ cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
1 tablespoon thinly sliced green onion
1 packaged corn muffin mix
Place ham, part of the cheese and green onion in greased pie plate. Prepare corn muffin mix according to package. Pour over ingredients in pie plate. Sprinkle remaining cheese and bake at 350 degrees F for about twenty minutes.
Leftover Chicken recipe
Hot chicken salad
Diced and cooked boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 cup diced and cooked celery
½ cup toasted almonds
2 tablespoons chopped onions
1 ½ cups cooked rice
¾ cup mayonnaise
¼ cup chicken broth
1 can cream chicken soup
1 tablespoon lemon juice
3 hard boiled eggs sliced
2 cups crushed potato chips
Cook the leftover chicken in a skillet until the juices run clear. Add celery and onion and cook together for about three minutes once the chicken is done. In a mixing bowl add all the ingredients including chicken and celery together and mix well. Put mixture in a buttered baking dish and cover with crushed potato chips. Bake at 350 degrees for about thirty minutes.
Leftover Salmon dishes
1 can salmon
2 tablespoon French dressing
1 red bell pepper thinly sliced
3 tablespoon parsley chopped
1 lime juiced
1 tablespoon tomato pasta
½ cup sour cream
1 big green onion thinly sliced
2 tablespoon light mayonnaise
3 ripe avocados diced
Paprika to taste
Cook the pasta. Drain and toss with French dressing. Allow to cool. Drain and flake the salmon. Add to the pasta with green onion, sliced bell pepper and parsley. Whisk together lime juice, grated rind and mayonnaise, sour cream and tomato paste until thoroughly combined. Toss the pasta salad with the dressing. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Cover and chill. Before serving gently toss the avocados into the salad. Sprinkle with paprika for garnish.
Broiled Salmon steak
Melted butter 2 tablespoon
Salt and pepper to taste
Juice of lemon 1
Brush salmon with the French dressing and leave aside for about an hour. Put into the broiler and brush with butter. Broil for about fifteen minutes. Cook on both sides. Put on a hot platter and season with salt, pepper and lemon juice. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve with Bernaise sauce.