Got Leftovers?
Complied by Pamm Clark

What do you do with a handful of spaghetti? One or two pieces of chicken? All that turkey? A quarter pound of hamburger?

If your family is like mine, a one or two-serving leftover won't be eaten unless it's the last thing on earth to eat, LOL. I don't want it to go to waste and I don't think the dog needs it, so I've become a little creative to make that one serving feed the whole family--again.

Sometimes I make leftovers on purpose: I'll make a few extra pieces of chicken and put them away before I serve the family the meal. I usually make more spaghetti than needed. I'll even save out a little hamburger before or after I cook it.

Most of the time I look in the fridge to see what I can do with what I have. Did you know you can use half the meat a casserole calls for and no one will even notice?



Chicken or Turkey
Chicken Spaghetti
Chicken and Biscuits
Fried Rice Chicken and Stuffing Casserole
Chicken Enchilada Casserole
Italian Chicken Risotto
Chicken Tacos
Ground Beef or Ground Turkey
Taco Pie Pinwheels
Pasta and Tomato Sauce
Easy Lasagna Spaghetti Eggs
Spaghetti and Sauce
Pizza Cheesey Bread
Potatoes
Seasoned Potatoes Potato Cheese Saucers Baked Potato Bar
Potato Cakes
Miscellanous
Tortilla Chips Green Beans Rice Patties
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Chicken Spaghetti

Prepare 1 pound pasta (your choice of the shape). Drain and return to pan. Add 2 cans cream of chicken soup and 1 to 4 pieces leftover chicken; cooked, deboned and cut into bite-sized pieces. Mix well.


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Chicken and Biscuits

In a large skillet, combine 1 can chicken broth, 1/4 cup melted butter, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add 1-2 cups cooked, chopped chicken (or turkey) and cook over medium-high heat for 5 minutes, until bubbly. Place refrigerator biscuits (2 10.8 oz cans, or I make homemade ones) evenly over top. Reduce heat to low; cover and cook for 10 minutes. Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon paprika and simmer uncovered 10-12 minutes or until broth is slightly thickened.


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Fried Rice

Cook and stir 2/3 cup uncooked rice and 1 medium, chopped onion in 2 tablespoons hot oil until rice is golden brown and onion is tender. Stir in 1 1/2 cups boiling water, 1 tablespoon beef or chicken soup base, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, and 1 to 2 cups cooked pork, chicken, or turkey, diced. Heat to boiling. Lower heat, cover tightly, and simmer for 15 minutes without removing lid. Remove from heat and fluff with fork. Cover and let stand for an additional 10 minutes. Serve or freeze.

I reheat this in the microwave with a little water.


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Chicken and Stuffing Casserole

Combine 1 can cream of mushroom soup, 1 can cream of chicken soup, and 1 can evaporated milk. Add 1 to 3 cups cooked, chopped chicken (or turkey). Pour mixture into 9" X 13" casserole dish. Top with 1 package dry stuffing mix. Pour 1 stick melted butter and 1 can chicken broth over the stuffing. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.


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Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Combine 1 can cream of mushroom soup, 1 can cream of chicken soup, 1 soup can milk. 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon onion powder, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and 1 to 3 cups diced cooked chicken (or turkey). Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 9" X 13" baking pan with non-stick spray. Lightly crush 4 ounces tortilla chips in bottom of pan. Spread 1/2 the chicken mixture over the chips, then layer 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese. Repeat a second layer of chips, chicken mixture, and cheese. Bake for 30 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes. before serving.


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Italian Chicken Risotto

Lightly brown 1/4 cup minced onion in 2 tablespoons vegetable oil and 3 tablespoons butter. Add 1 1/2 cups uncooked rice and stir until the rice turns white. Add 4 cups chicken stock slowly, stirring frequently. Keep the mixture bubbling as the stock is added. Stir in 1 to 2 cups cooked, chopped chicken (or turkey) with the last of the stock. When the rice is done in 20-30 minutes, stir in 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Serve or freeze.


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Chicken Tacos

Debone left-over chicken or turkey. Fry bite-sized pieces of meat in pan with cooking oil and onion (optional), until heated through or desired crispiness. Drain on paper towels. Serve on tortillas with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, etc.


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Ground Beef or Ground Turkey


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Taco Pie

Layer any or all in a pie plate:

      Tortilla Chips
      Refried Beans
      Cooked Ground Meat
      Seasoning or Salsa
      Grated Cheese

Heat in oven about 350 degrees until heated and cheese is melted.


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Pinwheels

NOTE: This recipe uses leftover beef (or other meat), 1 recipe biscuit dough, and left over spaghetti sauce or gravy.

Roll out biscuit dough rather thin (about 3/8" thick) and into as square shape as you can. Cover the dough with the meat and part of the sauce or gravy, leaving 1/2" on each side uncovered. Roll up dough into a cylinder (like cinnamon rolls) and then slice into 1/4" slices, to make pinwheels. Put these on a cookie sheet or any flat pan and bake at 450 degrees about 12 minutes, until dough is cooked. Serve some of the sauce or gravy over each pinwheel.


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Pasta and Tomato Sauce


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Easy Lasagna

Mix a spaghetti sauce. I usually use a can of spaghetti sauce, one can crushed tomatoes, and cooked ground meat.

Layer in pan:

    Sauce (with or without ground meat)
    Uncooked Lasagna Noodles
    Ricotta or Cottage Cheese
    Mozzerella Cheese
    Repeat

Bake in 350 degree oven for 45 minutes.

This comes out a little runny, but everyone eats it. Sometimes I make it without meat, sometimes with, depending what I have on hand. Maybe adding some tomato paste and draining the can of tomatoes would thicken it up.


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Spaghetti Eggs

As you are scrambling eggs in margarine or butter, put the cooked spaghetti in with it. You can also add chopped onions and/or green and red peppers. We like it plain, though.


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Spaghetti and Sauce

Mix the cooked spaghetti and sauce togheter. If there's not enough sauce, add a small (or large) can of tomato sauce and a few spices. Place in 9x13 baking dish. Cover with mozarella or jack cheese, if desired. Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 or 20 minutes or until warm and cheese is melted.


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Pizza

On a loaf of French bread (cut in half legnthwise), English muffins, pita bread or homemade pizza crust (I like the recipe below), top with any or all of the following:

    Leftover spaghetti sauce or tomato sauce with garlic salt and Italian seasoning
    Cheese, try blending different kinds using leftover of blocks we already have
    Chopped vegetables, any kind you would like on your pizza
    Pineapple chunks, I still cut these smaller than the chunks they come in
    Sliced olives
    Cooked, chopped chicken, beef or pork (I use whatever is on-hand)

Whole-Wheat Pizza Dough

    1 cup warm water
    1 package active dry yeast
    1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    1 cup whole-wheat flour
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    1/2 teaspoon salt

Combine the water, yeast, and all-purpose flour in a large bowl. Mix well. Add the whole-wheat flour, oil, and salt. With hands or a large wooden spoon, work the ingredients together until the dough holds its shape. You may need a bit less flour, so add the whole-wheat flour gradually. Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and knead until it is smooth and elastic, 5 minutes. If the dough becomes sticky while you are kneading it, sprinkle a bit more all-purpose flour over it. Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled 2-quart bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a kitchen towel, and let the dough rest until it has doubled in size, 1 hour.

When the dough has risen, place it on a lightly floured surface, divide it into two or more parts , and roll them into balls. Cover them with a towel and let rest for 15 to 20 minutes. The dough is now ready to be shaped, topped and cooked.


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Cheesey Bread

Cut a loaf of French bread in half legnthwise. Butter lightly and sprinkle wiht garlic salt. Put slices or shreaded mozarella or Jack cheese on the bread and broil until toasted and the cheese is melted.

Heat up spaghetti sauce. I often add a can of tomato sauce and a few spices if I don't have enough left-over spaghetti sauce.

Serve the sauce in a small bowl and dip your Cheesey Bread in the sauce.


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Potatoes


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Seasoned Potatoes

Cube left-over baked potatoes and place in a greased 9" x 13" baking dish. Drizzle a little cooking oil over the potatoes and sprinkle seasoning as desired (I usually use minced onion, minced garlic, salt, and pepper) and stir. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 20 minutes.

I also make these from raw potatoes, doing the same as above but bake in a 450 degree oven for 30 to 45 minutes. It depends on the size of the cubes, on how long to cook them.

I've also done this with canned potatoes. (It was the only way my family would eat them.)


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Potato Cheese Saucers

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Sift together 1 cup flour, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 3 teaspoons baking powder into a bowl. Cut or rub 1/4 cup butter or margarine into mixture until the mixture becomes crumbly. Stir in 1 cup mashed potatoes. Add 4 tablespoons milk (more if necessary) and mix into a soft, but not sticky dough. Knead lightly on a floured surface then roll out to 1/2" thickness. Using a cookie or biscuit cutter, cut dough and place on greased cookie sheet. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes. Cool slightly and carefully slice each horizontally. Place cheese slice and mustartd in between each half. Make 8 to 12 saucers.


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Baked Potato Bar

Bake a potato or two for each person. Look in your fridge and pantry to see what you have then set up a bar and let everyone top their own. Here are some ideas:

      Grated Cheese
      Chili
      Cooked Ground Meat
      Chopped Onion
      Chopped Chives or Green Onions
      Sour Cream
      Salsa

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Potato Cakes

Mix 2 cups leftover mashed potatoes, 1 large egg, 1 tablespoon flour, 2 tablespoons cream (optional), and 1 tablespoon minced onions (optional). Shape into flat cakes or drop from a spoon into hot fat or oil. Fry until golden brown on both sides. Serves 6.


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Miscellanous


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Tortilla Chips

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut corn tortillas into 8 wedges. Place on cookie sheet. Brush with cooking oil. Bake 7-10 minutes or until crisp and browned. Sprinkle lightly with salt.


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Italian Green Beans

When there's a serving or two of green beans left over, I pour some Italian salad dressing over them and eat them cold. YUM!


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Rice Patties

Mix 1 1/2 cups leftover cooked rice, 2 eggs, 2 tablespoons water, 2 teaspoons instant onion soup mix, and 1/4 cup shredded sharp cheese. Form into patties. Fry in vegetable oil. Makes 8 to 9 patties.


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