Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Thanksgiving leftovers?

Canadians celebrated Thanksgiving on Monday. Some of them may have leftovers they aren't sure what to do with. I recently found a recipe to help with that. Of course I altered it a bit so I wouldn't have to wait until next month to make it...

Thanksgiving leftover stuffed shells.

Ingredients
  • 1 (12 ounce) box jumbo pasta shells
  • 2 cups cubed cooked turkey
  • 1 1/2 cups leftover stuffing
  • 1 (4 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups leftover turkey gravy

Directions

  1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.
  2. Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, stir in the shell pasta, and return to a boil. Cook the pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through, but is still firm to the bite, about 13 minutes. Drain well in a colander set in the sink.
  3. Place turkey and stuffing in food processor, and pulse until finely ground and combined. Place the ground turkey and stuffing mixture in the bowl of a stand mixer along with the cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, mayonnaise, and 2 cups of the mozzarella. Mix with paddle attachment on medium-low until well blended.
  4. Spread 1/2 cup of gravy on the bottom of the prepared dish. Stuff the pre-cooked pasta shells with the turkey mixture and place in the dish in tight rows. Top with the remaining gravy and the remaining 2 cups of mozzarella cheese.
  5. Bake, covered, for 45 minutes. Uncover and cook for an additional 10 minutes until top is browned and bubbly. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Cook's Notes-

  • 1 - 6 ounce package of prepared instant stuffing mix can be used in place of leftover stuffing and 1 - 10.75 ounce can of cream of chicken soup can be used in place of leftover gravy.



Alterations-

I used rigatoni shells, chicken instead of turkey and cream of chicken soup instead of gravy. Stuffing the shells is a little trickier, but a teaspoon works well.

2 comments:

fernvalley01 said...

I will have to try that one.Didn't have leftovers here and the kids took them all .I wound up craving more turkey, but since it is just me I bought a turkey breast and a thigh. wrapped them in foilwith stuffing in between and had a mini turkey dinner here . Now I gots leftovers!

Cut-N-Jump said...

I gotta say they are a bit rich and I can usually only eat one or two at the most and then have leftovers of the leftovers.