Thursday, November 27, 2014

Done with One Turkey Leftovers

Below is a collection recipes that work well with leftover Thanksgiving dinner or roasted chicken dinners.  I hope you enjoy this Done with One easy meal plan. The base recipe can be replaced with your leftover turkey and fixings.  I just included it for anyone who might like to use the plan at another time.

Base: Cider Maple Glazed Roasted Turkey Breast with Roasted Root Vegetables

Turkey Breast or Whole Chicken
1     6lb     turkey breast or 1 turkey
2               oranges
1               lemon
1     Tbsp.    maple syrup
1     Tbsp.    Dijon mustard
                 Celtic sea salt and fresh ground pepper
Vegetable Rack
2               carrots peeled and large diced
2               celery stalks large diced
1               onion large diced
Cider Maple Roasted Root Vegetables
3/4   cups   apple cider
3     Tbsp.   pure maple syrup
1     Tbsp.   orange juice concentrate
1/4   tsp.   dried thyme
1/4   tsp.   dried marjoram
1     tsp.   lemon zest
6     Tbsp.   butter
4             carrots peeled and large diced
3             parsnips peeled and large diced
1             turnips, peeled and large diced (optional)
1             small rutabaga, peeled and large diced (optional)
2             sweet potatoes peeled and large diced
1/2   tsp.   Celtic sea salt
1/4   tsp.   fresh ground pepper


1   Rinses turkey and pat dry with a paper towel. Generously salt and pepper turkey inside and out.

2   Zest lemon and oranges and place zest in a bowl. Reserve 1 teaspoon lemon zest for Cider Maple Glaze. Juice oranges and lemons and place in a bowl with zest. Add mustard and maple syrup; combine. Reserve oranges and lemons.

3   Place turkey breast in large zip lock bag. Pour citrus/mustard mixture inside bag coating top and bottom of the chicken. Marinate for 1-24 hours.

4   Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

5   Line roasting pan with carrots, celery and onion (vegetable rack). Place turkey on top of vegetable rack.  Put reserved oranges in lemons in the cavity of the turkey. Roast turkey for 1½  to 2 hours or until an instant read thermometer reads 160 when placed in the thickest part of the meat. If skin darkens to quickly; tent with foil.

6   Let turkey rest for 10 minutes before carving.

Cider Maple Root Vegetables

1   In a medium sauce pan combine apple cider, maple syrup, and orange juice concentrate. Simmer until liquid is reduced by half.

2   Remove from heat, add fresh herbs and butter; whisk thoroughly and reserving 1/4 cup to glaze the turkey Toss remaining glaze with vegetables; pour on to a baking sheet with sides. Add vegetables to oven after turkey has cooked for 1 hour.  Brush turkey with reserved glaze and stir vegetables every 10 minutes until chicken and vegetables are done cooking; approximately 30 minutes more.

Servings: 4
Oven Temperature: 350°F
Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 1 hour and 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour and 50 minutes

Recipe Tips

Can be made with whole chickens or pork roast.

Glaze taste great brushed on salmon and shrimp.

Use turkey and vegetable leftovers to make Turkey Shepherd's Pie with Sweet Potato Hat, Autumn Turkey Stew, Michigan Waldorf Salad and Quick Chick Quesadillas.

Turkey or Chicken Stock

3      whole   chickens, cut into pieces (10-12 pounds) or  bones, rinsed
2      lbs       chicken feet (if available), rinsed
6-8   quarts   filtered water
1      cup      carrots, diced
1      cup      celery, diced
2    cups  onions, diced
¼   cup    cider vinegar
½            bunch parsley stems
1             sachet bag- ½ tsp fresh thyme, 6 peppercorns, 1 bay leaf, 1 garlic clove (optional)


1   Place rinsed poultry, including feet if using, into a large stock pot with filtered water (water should be at least two inches over chickens)

2   Over medium heat gently bring stock to a simmer (the surface should never break a boil/bubbles), reduce heat to low and simmer for 4 hours skimming surface as necessary to remove the gray “scum”.

3   Add remaining ingredients and sachet bag if using and simmer an additional 4 hours.

4   Strain stock, use immediately or rapidly cool and refrigerate.

5   After cold remove solid fat that may be on top of stock and discard.

Yield: 1 gallon
Preparation Time: 15 minutes      Inactive Time: 8 hours

Recipe Tips

  • Turkey and chicken bones from carved cooked poultry may be used in place of fresh chicken. Use 4 chicken carcasses or 2 turkey carcasses.
  • Recipe can be frozen.
  • Ingredients amounts may vary so no need to run to the store if you only have 1 onion.
  • Make sachet bag- Place ingredients for sachet bag in a clean coffee filter and tie with string. Tie the bag to the pot handle and drop into the pot.
  • Chicken stock can be made in a crock-pot.
  • Do not simmer more than 18 hours.
  • For a more concentrated stock simmer uncovered. For more volume simmer covered.
  • Do not boil stock.
  • Never add salt or pepper to stock until it is done.

Author Notes

Recipe can be frozen.
Can be made in a crock-pot after roasting step.

Autumn Turkey Shepherd's Pie with Sweet Potato Hat

Sweet Potato Hat:
1        pound    potato peeled and diced
2        pounds  sweet potatoes peeled and diced medium
2        Tbsp.     butter
3        Tbsp.     brown sugar
1/3      cup        milk
1/2      tsp.        cinnamon
1/2      tsp.        pepper
1 1/2   tsp.        Celtic sea salt
2-3      pounds  leftover mashed sweet potatoes or mashed potatoes
5        cups      chicken or turkey stock
2        cups    parsnip, peeled and diced or leftover vegetables
2        cups    carrots peeled and diced or leftover vegetables
3        Tbsp.   butter
3        Tbsp.   flour
1        large    onion diced
2        stalks  celery diced
1        Tbsp.   fresh sage  or 1 1/2 tsp dried sage
1 1/2   tsps.    Celtic sea salt
1        tsp.     pepper
1        Tbsp.   onion powder
4        cups    cooked chicken or turkey meat cooled and diced


1   In a large pot boil potatoes until tender, about 25 minutes.

2   Drain and add remaining ingredients.  Mash by hand or with an electric mixer, set aside.

3   Meanwhile in another a large pot combine stock, carrots and parsnips.  Bring to a boil and simmer until tender/crisp.  Remove from heat and set aside.

4   In a skillet melt butter and sauté onions and celery until fragment.  Stir in flour and cook until bubbly; about 1-2 minutes.  With a wooden spoon or spatula scrape celery/onion mixture into the pot with the vegetables and stock.  Return to a boil.  Stir constantly until thickened.  Add chicken and spices.  Pour into a 9x13 pan or large casserole dish.

5   Top with Sweet Potato Mash or leftover mashed potatoes.

6   Bake in a 350 degree oven until potatoes brown slightly and filling is bubbling.

Servings: 8
Recipe Tips
  • Recipe may be frozen before baking.  Do not freeze until cooled completely.
  • There may be leftover potatoes.
  • Filling may be served as a stew.
  • Upside Down Shepherd's Pie: Omit final baking.  Place a scoop of mashed sweet potatoes on plate and make a well in the center.  Add Chicken filing and serve.

Autumn Turkey Stew

8      Tbs       butter (1 stick)
1/2    cup       flour or brown rice flour
1                  medium onion, diced
2      cloves  garlic, minced
1 ½   cups     apple cider
6-8    cups     chicken stock
2                  stalks celery, diced
3                  parsnips, peeled and chopped
1                  large sweet potato, peeled and chopped
3                 large carrots, peeled and chopped
1    cup        rutabaga, turnips or butternut squash , peeled and chopped
½   tsp         cinnamon
½   tsp         ginger
3    pounds  turkey or chicken meat cooked (about 5-6 cups)
                   salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


1   In a heavy bottom stockpot heat butter and sauté onions and garlic until fragrant.  Stir in flour with a whisk and cook 1-2 minutes.

2   Deglaze with apple cider; stir with whisk until smooth.

3   Add chicken stock and remaining vegetables; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer until vegetables are tender crisp.

4   Add cooked chicken and seasonings. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Simmer until stew is heated throughout.

Servings: 12

Recipe Tips

Can be frozen

Can be made with chicken

Michigan Waldorf Turkey Salad

¾    cup      mayonnaise, sour cream or Greek yogurt
1     Tbsp.   honey or maple syrup
1     tsp      fresh lemon juice or apple cider
1/4   tsp.     Celtic sea salt
1/8   tsp.     pepper, fresh ground
3                apples peeled, cored and chopped into ½ pieces (Granny Smiths and Galas taste delicious)
1    cup    stalks celery, sliced thin - about 3 stalks
½   cup    walnuts, toasted and chopped or toasted pistachios
½   cup    dried cherries, chopped
2    cups  cooked turkey, chopped or torn into bite size pieces


1   In a medium bowl whisk together mayonnaise, honey, lemon juice and seasonings.

2   Stir in remaining ingredients. Taste and season with additional salt and pepper if needed.

3   Chill until ready to serve.

Recipe Tips

  • Taste best when refrigerated overnight.
  • Serve on croissant, crackers or vegetable chips.
  • Cooked chicken may be used instead of turkey.
  • Sliced grapes may be added to the salad.
  • Serve this salad in endive spoons, lettuce cups or with red pepper scoops.

Quick Chick Quesadillas

½   cup  shredded cheddar
½   cup  cooked chicken or turkey, shredded with a fork or diced small
¼    cup   salsa (I use tomato peach)
2             tortillas
1/2   cup   leftover cooked vegetables, diced small


1   Combine meat , vegetables and salsa.

2   Brush one side of 1 tortilla with butter. Place 1 tortillas butter side down on a parchment lined baking sheet. Sprinkle tortilla with half the cheese. Top tortilla with chicken mixture. Top with remaining cheese and tortilla. Brush tortilla top with butter.

3   Bake quesadilla in a 350 oven for 7-10 minutes until golden brown and cheese is melted.

4   Cut each tortilla into wedges; serve with additional salsa.

Yield: 1-2

Recipe Tips

  • Can be cooked on the stove top just like a grilled cheese or in a pannini maker.
  • Quesadillas can be made out of any leftovers and cheese
  • Variations:
  • Cheese burger- cheddar and beef
  • Taco-taco meat and cheese
  • Mediterranean- spinach, peppers and feta
  • Breakfast-scrambled eggs and ham
  • Meat and potatoes-left over steak and baked potatoes with cheese
Take it One Prep at a Time,
Chef Jackie


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Chef Kelli's Leftover Feast

Chef Kelli has graciously shared some of her fun ideas for giving leftovers to her guests at the holidays and other yummy dishes to make with leftovers.
Mason Jars:
Layer most anything such as; turkey stuffing, leftover veggies and potatoes in a Mason jar. Be sure to put gravy in the bottom of the jar so it packages nice without dripping and smearing.  Mason jars are oven and microwave safe.
Black Friday Grill Cheese:
Brie cheese and cranberry relish melted until gooey on sour dough or your favorite bread.  Cook on a Panini maker or grilled cheese style in a pan. Add turkey to make it a hearty sandwich!
Pilgrim Slider:
Leftover; turkey meat, stuffing and a smear of fruit chutney served on soft dinner style rolls
Everything Quesadilla:
Shredded turkey, leftover veggies a few tablespoons of salsa and some cheese such as monetary jack; fill fold and grill until golden
Funky Black Friday Hand Pies
You can wrap just about anything in Danish or puff dough and come up with a festive & flavorful treat! Cut 2 inch circles with biscuit cutters from your favorite dough (I like the Danish dough) and fill with all sort of cooked foods a few ideas might be:
· Turkey with cranberry sauce (a smidge of each)
· Turkey with stuffing and a sprinkle of cheddar cheese
· Turkey with finely cut leftover veggies and mash potato with a pinch of gravy
· Mash potatoes with a sprinkle of your favorite cheese
· Cranberry or chutney with brie or a smidge of goat cheese
Place one two inch pastry circle on flat service, mound a teaspoon or so of your items, place 2nd circle of pastry on top; gently form pastry down around your little Tday filling, crimp edges of pastry and bake on sheet tray lined with parchment paper (or spray nonstick coating) brush with a little egg wash if you like and then bake at 400 for 8-12 minutes until dark golden brown.