Take out those plastic containers of left over turkey, roasted vegetables and mashed potatoes and take a few minutes to re-prepare those masterpieces into scrumptuous, flavour bursting meals!
LEFT OVER TURKEY
We’ve all had our share of leftover turkey. Sometimes its a repeat of the dinner, sometimes its a hot turkey sandwich or turkey soup. Craving something a little different this year? Why not grill up a fast-healthy, left over created turkey pizza!
Make life as easy as possible. Get a pre-made pizza crust, there are some amazing ones out there now, and use a flat cutting board to make the pizza and to make slicing it easier after grilling. To make serving even easier, buy individual sized pizza rounds!
Use olive oil and lightly oil the bottom side of the crust. If you’re pre made crust has holes in it, the bottom slide will be the flat side, the holes are the top side. Spoon your favourite sauce (we like marinara) sauce in the centre of the pie and spread it outward toward the edges. Toss your leftover turkey with some oregano, garlic, and some cherry tomatoes and some sliced red onions. Place evenly around the pizza and an italian cheese blend sprinkled liberally so you get that nice browned cheese on the top.
Tip: Keep your grill temperature at about 350 F which is the Medium to Med/Low set on dial. Slide the individual pizzas or the large pie off the cutting board right onto the grill and close the lid. Midway through the cooking time (about 3-4 minutes) check for grill marks. Dark black and you’re too hot, so make sure to check. Turn the pizza a quarter turn and turn down the heat if that is the case. If there are no dark grill marks, close the lid and cook another 2-4 minutes before quarter turning the pizza again. When the pizza is done use a lifter or large metal spatula to return it to the cutting board for serving.
This is a great lazy Boxing Day meal or part of an appetizer for a Boxing Day party! and let’s not forget there’s always left overs at New Year’s as well!
LEFTOVER MASHED POTATOES
Too many mashed potatoes left over from dinner? Lucky you!!! Hello lazy winter morning!
How about good morning mashed potato cups done on the grill? These can be thrown together in no time at all and you have an instant breakfast using leftovers your guests will love.
Since you already have the mashed potatoes and likely you have bacon and cheese you’re almost ready to grill!
Here’s what you need:
4-5 cups of left over mashed potatoes 6-8 slices of bacon that has been cooked and crumbled 1 cup of sour cream Tip: if you take have some deep fried onion snacks you use on salads you can add a special punch of flavour!
Heat your grill to 350-400 F. That’s medium setting on your dial. Press 1/2 cup of mashed potatoes into a lightly greased muffin tin and create a small dip in each one. Place the muffin tin on the grill and bake for about 20 minutes with the lid down. (make sure to check 1/2 way through because the heat is different for each grill so you don’t want them to burn!) When they are browned remove the muffin tin from the grill and let cool. Once the mashed potato cups are cool enough, add some sour cream to each potato bowl and top with shredded cheese, bacon and onions. Yum!
LEFTOVER GRILLED VEGETABLES
Do you have any grilled vegetables left over? If so, you’ve already got the amazing grill flavour infused into them, why not turn the left overs into a toasty warm, welcoming soup?
In less than 1/2 an hour you’ll have a lunchtime or evening meal you can just add a fresh baguette to.
What you’ll need:
2 tbsp olive oil 1tsp dried rosemary leaves, crushed or one sprig of fresh rosemary 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper Left over grilled vegetables You can add sweet onion and a red bell pepper coarsely chopped to increase the volume of the soup. 2 garlic cloves, crushed 8-10 cups of can ready-to-serve chicken broth or chicken bouillon cubes mixed with water 3/4 cup whipping cream 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
Since everything is already cooked you need only bring the pot to a boil and cover and simmer another 5 minutes! Put out some fresh paramasean to top the soup, if guests wish cut up a fresh baguette or toasted garlic bread and you’re done!
Now put your feet up and enjoy the rest of the holidays!