Leftover Turkey Dinner Casserole

I have been on quite a hiatus from this blog lately.  I have been more than slightly overwhelmed and stressed lately, work has been crazy, life has been busy, school work, karate, swimming, husband has been away alot for work, doggy has not been well again and the rest of life and chores still need to be done all with Thanksgiving and an election thrown in just to liven things up!

We have been cooking and baking when there is time and have been trying out some of your lovely blog recipes.  Those I will share later.

Our Thanksgiving was in October so we did have a turkey dinner.  We also has alot of leftovers.  I have been really trying not to waste food and wanted to use every last bite.  After a few suggestions which Evie quickly was not up to eating she wanted to make up a dinner…I let her and this is what resulted.

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She did it all herself, even took the pictures with the exeception of the one above.  It was very good, her dad and I really liked it.  She thought it needed more gravy, and it probably could have used more, but that was all we had.

SInce American Thanksgiving will be coming up in November and then Christmas after that we thought this was a good time to share this “recipe”.

Basically she mashed the potato, carrot and turnip together

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chop enough turkey to cover bottom of casserole dish

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Then dollop the cold gelatinous gravy evenly over that (we put about a teaspoon of water over each dollop  to help it loosen once it started cooking).

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then sprinkle the leftover stuffing over that, note ours only has stuffing on a portion.  That is because Evie doesn’t like stuffing

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Spread mash over the top and give a sprinkle of salt and pepper

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Bake at 350F for about 30 minutes or until piping hot through the middle

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Serve with leftover cranberry sauce, or crack open a new can!

We did still have a large container of dark meat that did not go to waste, we gave it to our neighbor and they used it up for supper that night.

Use up those leftovers!!

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Turkey Pancakes

Tomorrow is Pancake Day, otherwise known as the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, when Lent begins.  We always have regular pancakes for Pancake Day supper.  Well not quite “normal” we hide a clean (wiped with rubbing alcohol, washed well with dish soap and water, then boiled for about 15 minutes) coin into most of the pancakes.  When we were kids Mom’s wedding ring was hidden inside one as well.  I don’t go that far with it.  I know this may all sound a little dangerous, with those small items being choking hazards, but we were looking for the hidden coins well before we put a bite in our mouths.  We will do that tomorrow as well and all coins will be accounted for.

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I was thinking this may be a good recipe for supper on Pancake Day, but Evie promptly said “No! I hate turkey pancakes”.  We made these a few weeks ago and I thought getting her to eat it could go either way.  She was not impressed.  But she doesn’t like stuffing with her turkey, I think it is the texture for her.  These do taste a lot like turkey with stuffing.

This is a great way to use up leftover turkey (or chicken). If we don’t have leftovers I just cook a couple of chicken breasts (bake seasoned with a little salt and pepper) and use those.

In a large bowl whisk together 1 egg, 1/2 cup milk, 1/4 cup sour cream and 1/4 cup melted butter.

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In another bowl stir together 1 cup flour, 1&1/2 tsp baking powder and 1/2 tsp salt

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mix this together gently to form batter

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Gently fold in 1 & 1/2 cups chopped turkey (or chicken).

I added about 2 tbsp chopped parsley (this is optional, if you don’t have any don’t worry, or you can use some chopped green onion if you have that)

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and 1/2 cup cranberry sauce (i used regular Ocean Spray canned stuff, whole berry)

I also tossed in a few sprinkles of Mt. Scio savoury, just to make it taste a little more like turkey and stuffing.  We use that in all of our turkey dinners in Newfoundland, it just gives it the taste that we like.

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Cook the same as you would any pancakes.

Heat pan or griddle that has been lightly greased.

Use about 1/4 cup better for each pancake.  Some I made a little too big so the next batch I made a little smaller.

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Cook over medium-high heat for about 4-5 minutes until bubble start to come through the top and bottom is golden brown.

Flip and cook until other side is golden brown.  As you can see I overcooked a few, but caught them just in time so they didn’t taste overdone.  A few extra seconds and I would have ruined them.

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A platter of turkey pancakes.

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This is what they look like inside.

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We like them topped with a little sour cream and cranberry sauce.

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Adapted from: unsure, but from a Christmas cookbook, maybe Taste of Home or Canadian Living.