It’s over. The presents have been opened. The tree and decorations are down…yeah, right…and Christmas is officially behind us. Odds are you’ve got tons of leftovers and cooking with Daddy time becomes the leftover hodge podge show. There’s no sense in throwing it all out when you’ve got all that extra food in the fridge. Instead, it’s time to take the reins and start getting creative with your menu choices. You’re going to get tired of ham and turkey sandwiches pretty fast, so you’ll need to figure out a new way to recycle that old food.
The WTH Casserole
So, you’ve got several containers of leftovers and don’t know what to do with them? Why not combine them in the WTH casserole. Toss in some chopped ham and turkey and some mashed potatoes, then slather it in cheese. If you think it might taste good together, then let it rip. Don’t be scared to be a little experimental. I’m not saying to go adding cranberry sauce to your gravy or anything, but the WTH casserole is a tried and true method of using up those last few leftovers. You might need to add a few new ingredients and spices to round it out, but overall it’s all about the flavor.
This is similar to the WTH casserole, but it doesn’t require reheating and you can slather it over your favorite kind of bread. This is the ultimate dad lunch. Grind up your ham, turkey, chicken, cheesy potatoes, etc. until it’s the consistency of potato salad and you’re done. It’s quick and delicious. Most people don’t think about grinding their food up, but it can really help to release the flavor and it looks cool. Yeah, I said it. Grinding food looks pretty awesome. This is also something the kids can enjoy doing too, as long as they are supervised.
Better Safe than Sorry
One of the biggest worries I have as a parent using leftovers is how long they are good for. Can I eat the turkey gravy for New Year’s or should I toss it out before I become friends with Mr. Sal Monella. Ham, cooked veggies, deli meats, beef, beef poultry and pork are all good for about 3-4 days tops. It’s best to throw out seafood after a couple days and don’t even think about eating the gravy and stuffing after a couple days. A good rule of thumb is that it is better to be safe than sorry. If you’re not sure, then don’t eat it. The last thing you and your family want is to be sick over New Years.
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