|Miss Nicky's Quick & Easy Holiday Leftover Recipes|
Nicky Mesiah, MontclairÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s favorite event planner and caterer, offers some of her favorite quick & easy holiday recipes that answer the age-old question, Ã¢â‚¬Å“What do I do with all these leftovers?Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã‚Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“Even during the holidays, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s easy to entertain economically and eat delicious food without excessive calories & sodium.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â So, while the linens and china are out, and the food is jammed into the fridge, invite friends and family over to help you get rid of the leftovers in style. Great smells make for happy eats! Happy holidays!Ã¢â‚¬ÂÃ‚Â Nicky Mesiah, founder of Mesiah Event Planners, Inc. www.missnickys.com
Miss NickyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢sÃ‚Â Bagel and a Schmear
Cut bagel in half & toast.Ã‚Â Mix cheese, scallions, & chopped meat or meat substitute.Ã‚Â Spread this chunky mixture onto a warm bagel. Top with sliced onion & tomato.Ã‚Â Stick under the broiler for a crunchy, gooey effect.
Miss NickyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Healthy Leftover Club
Fage YogurtÃ‚Â (instead of mayo)
Try your favorite savory bread from one of MontclairÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s neighborhood bakeries on Walnut Street. A dark rye, tomato basil, rosemary or cheese bread adds a wonderful kick to any sandwich! Whole wheat pita rounds work well too.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Layer with condiments, then the spinach, onion, tomato, turkey, cheese, bacon & another slice of cheese. Top with bread & slice.Ã‚Â Use extra-long cocktail toothpicks & serve with my Southern-style baked beans.
Miss NickyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Southern-Style Baked Beans - perfect with leftovers for vegetarians & vegans too!
2 -40 oz. cans of baked beans -any variety will do
Turkey or pork bacon or sausage optional (but I adore bacon in my beans).
For vegans/vegetarians: Morningstar bacon, sausage & sausage links will work.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.Ã‚Â Drain liquid from beans.Ã‚Â Pour drained beans into a large oven-proof Pyrex dish.
NickyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ole!Ã‚Â Nacho Dip
Spread hummus on plate.Ã‚Â Mix the yogurt, sour cream and taco seasoning & spread on top of the meat leftovers.Ã‚Â Then layer the plate in the order of listed ingredients above.Ã‚Â Sprinkle chopped scallions on top for color.Ã‚Â Serve with blue, red or your favorite taco chips.Ã‚Â Color adds a festive touch. These ingredients also make a great sandwich.Ã‚Â If you have no leftovers or meat, just layer it up without it. Always a crowd favorite.
Soup: The perfect answer to Ã¢â‚¬Å“What do I do with that bird?Ã‚Â Hambone?Ã‚Â Beef? Whatever?
Get out your big pot and put in all of the above ingredients.Ã‚Â Fill with stock (or water) & cover about 2 to 3 inches above the ingredients since it will boil down.Ã‚Â When it reaches a boil, turn down & simmer on low for 1.5 hrs.Ã‚Â Stir occasionally. Remove carcass & bones. Let cool & cut meat off bone and return back to the pot.Ã‚Â Adjust seasoning to taste.Ã‚Â Top with fresh chopped dill.Ã‚Â Vegetable stock can also be used. Whole Foods brand is very flavorful. A slow cooker can be used if itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s big enough.
Beat about Ã‚Â¾ quart of heavy cream and 3/4 package of instant vanilla pudding til it thickens.Ã‚Â Then add 3/4 teaspoon of orange extract and beat til desired thickness.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Fill dishwasher-safe stemware w/ ice cream, frozen yogurt or your favorite frozen dessert.
Fill dishwasher-safe stemware w/hot caramel sauce/ ice cream/frozen yogurt or your favorite frozen dessert.Ã‚Â Top with whipped cream, cherry & toffee.
Miss NickyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Gourmet Toffee, as seen on The Today Show, is available at www.missnickys.com and the following stores:Ã‚Â
Click here for Miss NickyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Cezanne apple recipes. Grandmother DuvernayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Apple Cake is delicious with pumpkin ice cream & whipped cream.
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