Friday, November 26, 2010

Friday's Kid-Tested Recipe: Thanksgiving Leftovers Casserole

I hate sneaking food into my children's diets, so I thought I would share some of the recipes that I make with my kids (ages 4 &2)! When kids help cook, they rarely avoid the food because they helped to make it! I'll try to note steps that even the youngest children can help with in the kitchen!  I'm guessing you probably have leftovers from yesterday sitting in your fridges and you're thinking you will get tired of turkey sandwiches quickly!  We've been making this "casserole" dish since our first Thanksgiving together when we cooked way too much food but didn't have enough money to buy any additional groceries!
What you'll need to make it!
Leftovers!
Turkey (or ham) sliced
Stuffing
Mashed Potatoes
Sweet Potatoes - mashed or from a Sweet Potato casserole
Green bean casserole
Gravy
(savory leftovers work best!)

How to make it!
We typically make individual casseroles in oven-safe bowls so that each person can pick and choose their favorites from the previous day's meal.  In your oven-safe bowl, layer your casserole leftovers.  From previous experience, it seems to work best to start with the stuffing or mashed potatoes on the bottom followed by the turkey (or ham), topped with gravy, then layered with your favorites (you can repeat stuffing or potatoes if that's your favorite).  If your turkey was a little dry on Thanksgiving, you can drizzle a couple drops of water on it before adding your additional toppings for moisture! 

Bake at 350°F. for 20 to 30 minutes or until any liquid stuff (gravy or green bean casserole sauce, etc.) starts to bubble (no liquid stuff, you're just hoping it's all warmed up again - you might see browning of your potatoes).  I love cranberry sauce, but it doesn't work to bake it so I'll add it after it comes out of the oven for a sweet and tart pop on the top of my casserole!

Kids of all ages love to pick their leftovers and help layer their casserole making it special! Plus they’ll be waiting to try their casserole when it comes out of the oven so it’s an easy opportunity to engage your kids in the kitchen!

Have a great recipe to share or always talk about cooking? Link up and let everyone know...I'd love to see what you're cooking!



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