Geek Recipes: What to do with those Thanksgiving Leftovers.

Let’s face it, most families have a TON of leftovers after Thanksgiving. So besides your traditional turkey casserole that you continually freeze and microwave for a month, we’ve decided to give you a few options for that leftover Turkey, Sweet Potatoes, and then an original dessert idea to top it all off!

 

Let’s start off with Turkey & Spinach Tetrazzini!

Here’s what you’ll need:

 

8 ounces spaghetti, broken into 4 in length.

Salt to taste

3 cups of cooked turkey cut into bite-size pieces

2x 9 ounce packages frozen creamed spinach (make your own creamed spinach fresh if you prefer!)

1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese

1/2 cup oiul-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained and chopped

2 large garlic cloves, minced

10 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Pepper to taste

 

STEP 1:

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

 

STEP 2:

Cooke the pieces of spaghetti in a large pot of boiling, salted water until tender. Drain thoroughly, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid. (That’s the water, folks)

 

STEP 3:

In a large bowl, mix the spaghetti, turkey, creamed spinach, ricotta cheese, tomatoes, garlic, 8 tablespoons of the cheese, and the reserved cooking liquid. Season with pepper.

 

STEP 4:

Spread the mixture into two 9-inch pie plates and sprinkle with the remaining 2 tablespoons of cheese. Bake 10 minutes, or until the top is a light golden color.

 

Tetrazzini

FOLLOWING THIS RECIPE MAKES 4 TO 6 SERVINGS.

 

Now, you bought way too many sweet potatoes for your mashed potatoes, so in true leftover fashion let’s make them sum bitches into a wonderful Sweet Potato Casserole!

Here’s what you’ll need:

Potato Mixture:

3 cups cooked sweet potatoes (4 to 5 medium potatoes)

1 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

2/3 cup evaporated milk

 

Topping:

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup flour

1/3 cup butter

1 cup chopped pecans

 

STEP 1:

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

 

STEP 2:

To make the potato mixture, beat the cooked potatoes with an electric mixer. Add the granulated sugar, butter, eggs, vanilla and milk, and beat until smooth. Pour the mixture into a shallow pan.

 

STEP 3:

To make the topping, combine the ingredients and sprikle over the potato mixture.

 

STEP 4:

Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until golden.

THIS RECIPE MAKES 4 TO 6 SERVINGS.

 

Now for dessert, most of this stuff can be scrounged about from your kitchen pantry and aren’t necessarily made with leftovers, but needless to say it should be easy enough to make. The recipe calls for a TREMENDOUS amount of Sugar, PERSONALLY, I half the amount it calls for and it still comes out super sweet. So I give you the recipe for No-Bake Cookies!

Here’s what you will need:

1/2 cup (1 stick) Butter

2 cups sugar (Remember, I personally HALF that to 1 cup and it still comes out super sweet!)

1/2 cup milk

4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

2 cups oatmeal

1/2 cup peanut butter

1 teaspoon vanilla

 

STEP 1:

Combine the butter, sugar, milk, and cocoa in a saucepan. Boil the mixture for 1 minute.

 

STEP 2:

Remove the pan from the stove, and add the oatmeal, peanut butter, and vanilla.

 

STEP 3:

Form the mixture into balls and drop them onto wax paper.

 

STEP 4:

Cool in the refrigerator and serve.

 

NoBakeCookies

THIS RECIPE MAKES 2 TO 3 DOZEN COOKIES.

 

So there you have it! A couple of great recipes that will keep those leftovers interesting and a little less dull! Enjoy!!

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