Recycling leftovers

December 26, 2018

Let there be quiche on the day after Christmas!

When one has leftover asparagus from Christmas dinner, along with leftover turkey…one makes quiche!

Quiche is leftovers’ best friend, along with fried rice. I made a big one yesterday, because my usually big-on-asparagus crew didn’t eat as much yesterday and I had a bunch left. Plus, I was planning on going to visit a friend today, a plan that got cancelled, and I was going to take it to her. As it is, I guess we’ll eat quiche for a while here.

I took a couple of pie crusts and cut them to line a rectangular foil pan, about 7 1/2 by 11 or so, because I wanted it in a disposable pan and that was the size I had. Geometry, I might note, was never my strong suit, but I made it work. I lined the asparagus up over that, covered that with grated Gruyere cheese. Chopped up some turkey and scattered over that and then whizzed up four eggs, a cup and a half of whole milk, and a cup of half and half, along with some salt, pepper and paprika, in the blender and poured that over it evenly. (This, I might note, after I had set said pan on a cookie sheet, a move I highly recommend for ease of taking in and out of the oven and spill containment.) Grated the last of the Gruyere on top, and baked it in a 325 oven for an hour or so, until it barely jiggled in the center.

Some of the leftover ham went into deviled ham spread. I love the Garden and Gun recipe for this, here. And it’s easy enough, using stuff you generally have on hand anyway, and lasts a week or so in the fridge. Makes a ton, though, so you might want to think about putting it in two containers and giving some away. The ham bone will go into a pot of beans sometime this week or weekend, and I’ll probably take some with me when I take the AGC’s back to Nashville on New Year’s Eve to await their parents’ return from a trip to Italy on New Year’s Day.

Looks good, anyway. I’ll cut into it later today.

I had about five egg halves left over. Tossed them all into a container, where I’ll mince them up and stir in some chopped olives for egg and olive spread. I like a mix of olives, but Child A prefers just the black ones, and that’s good.

There’s about a cup and half of sweet potato casserole left. I’ll recycle that into some muffins in a day or so, maybe Friday before the AGCs get here.

We dined on leftover fresh fruit yesterday with some breakfast casserole, and chunked what was left. It just doesn’t hold up for long, and I couldn’t think of anything to do with it short of pureeing it all together and putting it in a smoothie, and that was more trouble than I wanted to go to. But if that’s all I throw out, I’ll be doing good.

We also still have most of an apple cake and most of a rum cake, and I’m damned if I know what I’m going to do with that. Find someone to give it to, I guess.

Sometime in the next two days, I need to do a wholesale fridge cleanout, both the main one and the auxiliary one, and break down and package the ham and the little dib of turkey that’s left. I’m thinking I’ll freeze the dark meat for a future batch of turkey posole, and there might be enough white meat left for one batch of turkey spaghetti or some such, or just to go in turkey sandwiches.

How’re you ‘n y’mama ‘n ’em doing as far as recycling your own leftovers from holiday dinners? Any tips to share?

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