Melba Lovelace shares recipes, requests and inspiration in her weekly Swap Shop.
Oklahoman Published: March 26, 2014

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Make a leftovers casserole

DEAR MELBA: Readers are probably wondering why they froze that leftover turkey and dressing from the holidays. They can use them to make leftover leftovers.

Of course, it isn’t necessary to use leftovers. You could substitute 1 box Stove Top Stuffing Mix prepared by package directions, rotisserie chicken instead of turkey, and fresh-made mashed potatoes. Add salt and pepper, if needed. And, I use olive oil instead of butter.

Holiday Leftovers Casserole

4 cups leftover dressing

1 package (16 ounces) frozen mixed vegetables, thawed

3 or 4 cups diced leftover turkey

1 cup mayonnaise

4 cups leftover mashed potatoes

1 1/4 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

1/2 teaspoon paprika, approximately

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 9-by-13-inch baking dish with nonstick spray. Cover bottom of baking dish with dressing.

In medium bowl, combine vegetables, mayonnaise and turkey. Spread over dressing.

Combine mashed potatoes and cheese. Spread over turkey-vegetable mixture. Sprinkle with paprika. Bake 1 hour.

If you have leftovers of this leftovers leftover dish, they warm up nicely.

Margie Booth, Nicoma Park

Scrubbing Redux

DEAR MELBA: Several years ago, you printed instructions for making dish scrubbies out of nylon net. I have misplaced the directions. Do you still have them?

Lillian Brejda, Oklahoma City

Nylon Net Pot Scrubbers

Materials needed: Stiff nylon net, any color, about 72 inches wide; size K or N crochet hook. One yard of net will make 3 scrubbers. Cut material into 2-inch strips and tie six together leaving tails about 1 or 2 inches long. The tails will be tucked inside later.

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