Sunday, November 27, 2011

Simple Sunday: Fun with Turkey day leftovers.

Happy Sunday!

I am officially at the crossroad where Thanksgiving weekend ends, and the work week begins.Today, I'd like to check  in with another SIMPLE SUNDAY, where doing something simple makes a huge impact! Below I'm sharing a super simple and delicious way to polish off the rest of those leftovers from Turkey day.

Note: Leftovers should  typically be kept for 3-5 days depending on the item.***

 Turkey Day Turnover
What you'll need:
Leftovers ie; turkey meat, stuffing, and cranberry sauce
crescent rolls

The sweetness of the cranberries blends so well with the savory mixture of stuffing and turkey. Once you add the buttery roll, this turnover is sure to please.

  • unroll your crescent rolls by 2 (leave two triangles connected) onto a cookie sheet
  • Layer your roll with turkey, stuffing,(I was lucky, I had Momma's homemade cornbread stuffing! Yum. )  and cranberry sauce

  • Fold the sides of your crescent roll over and pinch opened ends closed with a fork
  •  Bake in oven on 375 for 13 minutes. Your roll should be golden brown and the leftovers will warm up nicely! (no strange microwave texture.) 
  •  Remove from oven and ENJOY!!! (I know my family did!)

****Here is the food safety fact sheet that is available on the USDA's website.

Storage Times For Refrigerated Foods
NOTE: These short but safe time limits will help keep home-refrigerated food from spoiling.

Storage Times For Refrigerated Foods
Ground Meat, Ground Poultry, and Stew Meat
Ground beef, turkey, veal, pork, lamb 1-2 days
Stew meats 1-2 days
Fresh Meat (Beef, Veal, Lamb, and Pork)
Steaks, chops, roasts 3-5 days
Variety meats (Tongue, kidneys, liver, heart, chitterlings) 1-2 days
Fresh Poultry
Chicken or turkey, whole 1-2 days
Chicken or turkey, parts 1-2 days
Giblets 1-2 days
Bacon and Sausage
Bacon 7 days
Sausage, raw from meat or poultry 1-2 days
Smoked breakfast links, patties 7 days
Summer sausage labeled "Keep Refrigerated" Unopened, 3 months;
Opened, 3 weeks
Hard sausage (such as Pepperoni) 2-3 weeks
Ham, Corned Beef
Ham, canned, labeled "Keep Refrigerated" Unopened, 6-9 months;
Opened, 3-5 days
Ham, fully cooked, whole 7 days
Ham, fully cooked, half 3-5 days
Ham, fully cooked, slices 3-4 days
Corned beef in pouch with pickling juices 5-7 days
Hot Dogs and Luncheon Meats
Hot dogs Unopened package, 2 weeks;
Opened package, 1 week
Luncheon meats Unopened package, 2 weeks;
Opened package, 3-5 days
Deli and Vacuum-Packed Products
Store-prepared (or homemade) egg, chicken, tuna, ham, and macaroni salads 3-5 days
Pre-stuffed pork, lamb chops, and chicken breasts 1 day
Store-cooked dinners and entrees 3-4 days
Commercial brand vacuum-packed dinners with/USDA seal, unopened 2 weeks
Cooked Meat, Poultry, and Fish Leftovers
Pieces and cooked casseroles 3-4 days
Gravy and broth, patties, and nuggets 3-4 days
Soups and Stews 3-4 days
Fresh Fish and Shellfish
Fresh Fish and Shellfish 1-2 days
Fresh, in shell 3-5 weeks
Raw yolks, whites 2-4 days
Hard-cooked 1 week
Liquid pasteurized eggs, egg substitutes Unopened, 10 days;
Opened, 3 days
Cooked egg dishes 3-4 days

 That's my 2 cents!



  1. Mmhm what a simple but delicious idea! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Oh yum! You are the bomb with the easy and creative snack meals! Thanks a million for the chart! I lost mine last year when we moved.


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