Raise your hand if you have leftover turkey! Since I hosted Thanksgiving this year and all of my guests had long drives home, I have a lot of turkey just sitting in my fridge. And, I can only have so many turkey sandwiches. So, where do I go to find good recipes for leftover turkey? Pinterest!
Leftover Turkey Tetrazzini, courtsey of Taste of Home, was floating around Pinterest, so I thought I would give it a try. A huge bonus – I had all of the ingredients (or at least a variation) in my house so no need to run to the grocery store. This dish was the best way to use up all of those leftover ingredients in my fridge.
Now that I’ve been home with my little one for the last two months, I’m trying to develop some sort of schedule for us. And, I think Mondays may become Casserole Monday. Lame, I know, but it’s nice to make one big casserole on Monday and then eat it for the next few days.
This week, I decided to give Chicken and Spinach Pasta Bake, courtesy of Saving Money Living Life, a try. I picked this one because honestly, the picture made my mouth water. All that cheesy goodness on top – yum!
Since I didn’t have any cooked chicken on hand, it look me a little bit to put the dish together. (And I bought a bag of frozen spinach instead of a box, so it was a pain to thaw and drain.) I definitely made lots of pans dirty with having to boil the noodles, cook the onion and chicken, and mix everything together.
The results? Delicious! My dish turned out just like the picture. I used a 9×13 pan and followed the recipe exactly as printed. I never thought to add chive and onion cream cheese to a dish like this, but it made all the difference. The dish was creamy, full of Italian flavors but not overly fillings. (Sometimes when I make these dishes, they are way too heavy for our family.) My husband went back for seconds and took it to work for lunch the next day. We’re adding this one to the rotation!
Since I moved to Kentucky from Michigan two years ago, one ingredient has become a mainstay in our house. And that is….BACON. I have no idea why – I don’t know if you can say that bacon is necessarily Southern, but I never bought it in Michigan. Strange. It probably started when I had my first Benedictine sandwich (more on that in a future blog post), but I love to cook with it.
And, I found a great recipe on Pinterest that combines bacon with a few other staples in our house – chicken and apples. The recipe, Slow Cooker Bacon-Wrapped Apple BBQ Chicken, – courtesy of Six Sisters’ Stuff – uses one of my favorite kitchen appliances, my ancient crockpot*, and was easy enough to throw together in a few minutes.
Here’s the crockpot doing its magic…in our butler’s pantry. By all the booze. (Another addition to our house since moving. I guess you can say that we truly embraced the Kentucky culture with the horse racing and the bourbon. Yum.)
I let it cook for 8 hours and then made a few side dishes (green beans and mashed potatoes) toserve with the chicken.
The verdict? Delicious. Spectacular. Looked exactly like the picture above. The apples and the lemon mellowed out the BBQ sauce, and the bacon flavor was a just enough. My only complaint? I probably would have taken it out a little sooner than 8 hours. The sugar in the BBQ sauce burned a bit and made my crockpot a pain to clean up. But, it could just be my crockpot.
*Hilariously, after I wrote this post and went to clean the crockpot, I noticed a huge crack down the middle of the ceramic container. I’ve used it a ton over the past 7.5 years, so I guess it’s time to get a new one! 🙂