Christmas Leftovers = Turkey Mornay

The week between Christmas and New Year’s is filled with bargain hunting at after-Christmas sales, gift exchanges and returns, parties – and leftovers! Most of us have turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, roast beef, or cranberry sauce sitting in the refrigerator, covered with foil and plastic wrap. And lots of candy canes on the tree.

This week I will be posting some delicious recipe ideas using the remains of your Christmas feast to make wonderful meals and treats. They are, of course, good enough to serve to company. But also treat your family to a warm, comforting meal on one of the cold and crisp days after Christmas.

My Turkey Mornay is an after-Thanksgiving classic from my family.


1 (16-ounce) jar four cheese Alfredo sauce

1 cup shredded Gruyere or Swiss cheese

2-3 cups sliced cooked turkey or chicken

5 English muffins, split with fork and toasted

3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

1 Tbsp. torn fresh basil leaves or 1/2 tsp. dried basil leaves

1/2 cup chopped grape tomatoes


Place Alfredo sauce in medium saucepan. Stir in Gruyere or Swiss cheese. Cook over low heat until cheese melts, stirring frequently. Then add the turkey or chicken slices and spoon sauce over them; heat gently until sauce begins to bubble, stirring frequently.

Preheat broiler. Place the English muffins on a broiler pan and spoon the turkey slices and cheese sauce over each. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Broil 4-6″ from heat source until the sauce bubbles and brown spots appear.

In small bowl combine chopped tomatoes and basil. Spoon this mixture over the hot sandwiches and serve immediately.

Serves 6-8

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