The holidays are around the corner and after all those delicious meals you’ll be swimming in leftovers. Tons of turkey, mountains of mashed potatoes, full caverns of cranberry sauce. Don’t worry! Our #SundaySupper Tastemakers have some excellent ways for you to transform your leftovers with their Best Leftover Recipes.
Reusing leftovers is a great way to prevent waste, not to mention a fun way to create an easy and delicious dinner. Holiday meals are wonderful, but eating them day after day can get old. We love to create a new and exciting recipe from a container of leftovers!
There is an important aspect of cooking holiday meals that is often overlooked, and that is food safety. I know, no one likes to think about it, but it’s extremely important. Food safety was the first class I took in culinary school. For six long weeks, every day at 7 a.m., I had to walk up four flights of stairs to listen to a chef drone on about food safety. Instead of putting you through that, here’s a list of 10 important food safety tips from ServSafe; they create the food safety test that all chefs and food handlers must take.
10 Important Food Safety Tips for Your Holiday Season:
- A digital thermometer is the most important kitchen tool, be sure to take the temperature of proteins to ensure safe cooking.
- All poultry should be cooked until the internal temperature reaches 165°F or 74°C.
- Red meats should be cooked until the internal temperature reaches 145°F or 63°C.
- Egg dishes should be cooked until the internal temperature reaches 160°F or 71°C.
- When reheating leftovers make sure you bring the food back to 165°F or 74°C.
- Food should be in the temperature danger zone (39°-140°F or 3°-10°C) for no more than 4 hours
- This is where bacteria grows the fastest. If you have food out on a buffet at room temperature for more than four hours it is best to discard the food.
- Sing “Happy Birthday” to yourself while washing your hands to ensure you are washing for the proper amount of time.
- Make sure your food is cooled completely before putting a lid on it.
- Always clean and sanitize knives, cutting boards, and your work space after dealing with raw meat or raw poultry.
- Label and date all your food, especially leftovers which typically last 3-4 days after being cooked.
- When in doubt. throw it out! If something looks or smells off, even if you followed all the food safety steps, just throw it out. Better safe than sorry.
Now that you’ve learned about food safety, it’s time to start cooking with those holiday leftovers. Join us for our Twitter chat Sunday November 20th, at 7p.m. EST to see our #SundaySupper Tastemakers Best Leftover Recipes.
Best Leftover Recipes
- Country Skillet Breakfast by The Freshman Cook
- Mashed Potato Craisin Bread by Baking Sense
- Sweet Potato Casserole Waffles by Sew You Think You Can Cook
- Chocolate Pumpkin Brownies by NinjaBaker.com
- ‘Australian Pie’ – Leftover Turkey Pie with Raisins and Bechamel by Caroline’s Cooking
- Brie Cranberry Turkey Quesadillas by Food Lust People Love
- Bubble Up Hot Brown Casserole by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Cranberry Chipotle BBQ Chicken Pizza by A Mind “Full” Mom
- Cranberry Pork Tenderloin by The Crumby Cupcake
- Creamed Spinach Turkey Pasta by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Healthy Turkey Quesadillas with Cranberry Apple Salsa by Food Done Light
- Leftover Turkey Noodle Casserole by Cricket’s Confections
- Leftover Turkey Pasta with Mushrooms by Cooking Chat
- Turkey Alfredo Stuffed Shells by Palatable Pastime
- Turkey Broccoli and Cheddar Pot Pie by Cookin’ Mimi
- Turkey Glass Noodle Salad by Sunday Supper Movement
- Turkey Grilled Cheese with Cranberry and Brie by Life Tastes Good
- Turkey Pot Pie Casserole by Cosmopolitan Cornbread
- Turkey Shepard’s Pie by Monica’s Table
- Baked Mashed Potato Pancakes by Pies and Plots
- Leftover Mashed Potato Puff Casserole by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Arroz Caldo with Turkey by Asian In America
- Bacon Egg Potato and Turkey Soup by Family Foodie
- Leftover Turkey Tortilla Soup by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Lemony Chicken-Lentil Soup with Couscous by What Smells So Good?
Join the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board. Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement.