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by Heather Davis
This year I thought the Quartering Act of the American Revolution had been reinstated for Christmas, and I made enough for me and mine and approximately half of the 101st Airborne Squadron. When the day came to an end, I threw every left over in it’s own plastic container in the freezer. This week, I discovered I don’t have any plastic containers, so I pulled out all the leftovers. At the sight of the leftovers, my family – very supportively – said, “Ahhhh, hellz to the no, Momma!” (Direct quote from Tween Daughter) I had to think quick…So I made lasagna.
2 c leftover stuffing or dressing (however you say it at your house)
1 c chicken stock
2 c leftover turkey or chicken or ham (whatever you eat at your house)
2 c leftover gravy
1 can’s worth of whatever leftover veggies you have (or, if you just tossed the inconsequential veggies down the drain on the big day like someone you know and love use a can of your favorite vegetables – favorite? Who has a favorite… just a can, drained, of whatever kind of veggies are in your pantry )
1 c of your favorite shredded cheese (cheese makes everything better, can I get an “Amen?”)
4 – 6 servings of mashed potatoes (I didn’t save these as leftovers either, recipe below)
While the family is stuck in front of the television enthralled in Carly’s latest deception against Spencer (where the hell are their parents anyway and how do they get all their money??), quickly spread half of the stuffing in the bottom of a greased 9 x 13 casserole dish. Or is it 9 x 12? Just use a big casserole dish.
Pour half the can of chicken stock on top of the stuffing.
Chop the leftover turkey or chicken or ham – the meat – and spread half of it on top of the stuffing or dressing – whatever.
Mix the gravy and the vegetables together in a bowl and spread half of this mixture on top of the meat. Sprinkle 1 cup of shredded cheese (I used Colby jack) on top of that.
Repeat the layers with the other half of the dressing, meat, gravy & veggies; top it with the remaining cheese. Cover with foil and bake at 350 for 25 minutes. Remove foil and bake for 10 more minutes.
While it’s baking, quickly shove all the Rubbermaid containers in the dishwasher before the family discovers this is just a fancy presentation of leftovers. If anyone asks where all the containers came from, tell them you found them in The Dad’s truck. It’s totally believable… even to The Dad.
After the dishwasher is loaded, make the mashed potatoes (recipe below).
Let the Lasagna a la Leftovers sit for 10 minutes before serving. To serve, place a scoop of Lasagna in a bowl and top with a plop of mashed potatoes.
Never Fail Mashed Potatoes from Minivan Momma:
Stir 1 2/3 c water, ½ c milk, 4 T butter and 1 pouch of parched potato pieces in microwavable bowl. Cook on high for 5 minutes. Stir gently. Add more butter and salt and pepper. Never Fail!
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