17 Yummiest Holiday Leftover Recipes
During the holidays, we tend to make our friends and families happy. We get to see our them more often, we buy and receive presents and- we eat. Holiday recipes are insane, you guys. It is the perfect time to overeat and not feel guilty (well, not all the time). However, as we cook and eat, and cook and eat, we also tend to leave so much uneaten food behind, and still we don’t know what to do with it. Somehow we got stuck with too much potato that doesn’t go so good with that chocolate cake, and yet nobody seems to eat those tons of bread for breakfast. So don’t throw your lovely food away, but instead, make something awesome out of the leftovers!
1. Got some ham leftovers? We hope you know what to do with it! Our suggestion is creamy, ham casserole. It’s easy to make and you will love it. You’ll need about 4 ounces of medium egg noodles, 1 tbsp of vegetable oil, at least 2 cups of chopped cooked ham, 1/4 cup of chopped onion, 1/4 cup of sliced celery and you can add 1/2 of shredded Cheddar cheese on top, about 5-10 minutes before the casserole is done!
2. Another great way to use your that extra ham you have is to make yummy Italian style ham frittata. This recipe is perfect for breakfast, brunch or a light lunch! You need 1 dozen eggs, 1/2 cup of milk, 1 pound of diced deli ham, 1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese and 1 small red bell pepper. You can also add some spinach if you like, and bake your new favorite dish for about 45 to 55 minutes.
3. Turkey pot pie is easy to make and it will solve your dilemmas what to do with all that turkey you’re left with. You need 2 cups of leftover cut-up turkey, 2 cups of leftover vegetables, 2 and 1/2 cups of gravy, 1/4 tsp of onion powder, some black pepper and 1 package of refrigerated folded pie crusts. Combine all the ingredients except the pie crust and mix well. After you cover it with pie crusts, bake for about 40 to 50 minutes.
4. You’re guessing, we’re making Shepherd’s pie. But the twist is- this pie is with chicken instead of ground beef. Why? Well, somehow, each year leaves us with tons of chicken we though everyone is going to be delighted to meet (meat, get it?). However, if your guests find chicken too mainstream, you can always hide it in Shepherd’s pie and everyone will love it. Everything is much more interesting when it’s covered in mashed potato.
5. Let’s talk about ham a bit more. Ham ‘n’ cheese Stromboli is a great way to use leftover ham. If you’re a fan of pizza, and why wouldn’t you be, this is the right recipe for you. You’ll need 1 ounce of refrigerated pizza dough, about 6 ounces of diced ham. 1 cup of baby spinach leaves, 1/2 tsp of Italian seasoning, some cooking spray for baking sheets and some warmed marinara sauce for better taste!
6. If you’re in the mood for some small appetizers, broccoli and cheese bites are you’re next favorite, smallest bites you will ever encounter. What you’ll need is 1 package refrigerated biscuits, some garlic powder for sprinkling, 2 mozzarella string cheeses (you ca cut those into 1 inch pieces), 2 tbsp pf cooked diced ham or chicken, 1/4 cup of frozen, chopped broccoli and mustard for dipping these heavenly bites.
7. In case you need to decide what to do with a whole leftover turkey, maybe it’s the right time to think about turkey frame soup. Not only this homemade dish is delicious, but also, it takes full advantage of all turkey parts. You need one turkey frame, 12 cups of chicken broth, some leftover pan drippings (if you have some), 2-3 carrots, 2-3 celery stalks, 2 onions, some salt and pepper and 2 to 3 cups of leftover chunked turkey.
8. Turkey cranberry pitas are mixing two most popular holiday ingredients: turkey, cranberries and love for food. You’ll need 1/3 cup of olive oil to make the salad, 2 tbsp of red wine vinegar, 2 tbsp of light brown sugar, 1 tsp of spicy brown mustard, some salt and pepper, 1 bag of mixed baby greens, about 2 cups of chunked, leftover turkey, 1/2 cup of sweetened, dry cranberries, 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts and 3 pita breads, for 3 serves.
9. We present you: chocolate potato cookies! This may sound a bit weird or too much, but these potato cookies are very rich in protein and they taste awesome! Oh, and you can use them to get rid of the leftover potatoes. You need 1 cup of packed brown sugar, 1/2 cup of vegetable shortening, 1 egg, 1 tsp of almond extract, 1/2 cup of semisweet chocolate chips, 1/2 cup of unseasoned mashed potatoes, 1 and 1/2 cup of pf all purpose flour and 1 whole container of chocolate fudge frosting. Yum!
10. After cranberries and potatoes, you HAVE to try cranberry chicken. It’s quit easy to make it and these flavors won’t let you down! You need 2 tbsp of vegetable oil, 1 chicken (you can cut it into 8 pieces for 3 serves), some salt and pepper, 1 small, chopped onion, a bit of celery, 1 can of whole-berry cranberry sauce, 1/2 cup of ketchup, a sprinkle of lemon juice, 1 tbsp of Worcester sauce and some white vinegar.
11. Ham and bean pot will make you speechless and leftoverless. Not that leftoverless is a word, but you get the point. So, for this fantastic dish, you will need 2 tbsp of olive or vegetable oil, 1 green bell pepper (remove the seeds), 1 celery stalk, 2 cups of coarsely chopped cooked ham, 2 cans of Navy beans, 1 can of black-eyed peas, 3 cups of chicken broth, 1 cup of water and some black pepper.
12. Are you ready to try some Tempting Turkey Tetrazzini? We think you are, because it is tastes great! You’ll need 8 ounces of uncooked spaghetti, 2 cups of chicken broth, 8 ounces of fresh, sliced mushrooms 2 cups of low fat milk, some dry white wine or water (less than 2 cups), some salt and pepper, 3 cups of chopped, cooked turkey breasts and 1/4 cup of Italian-style bread crumbs.
13. Let’s face it: casserole is the easiest thing to make when you don’t have much time or ingredients. That’s why mashed potato casserole will blow your mind with its simplicity but also, it’s taste. You need about 5 pound of that leftover mashed potatoes, 1 package of cream cheese, 2 tbsp of minced onion, 2 eggs, 2 tbsp of all-purpose flour, 2 tbsp of chopped, fresh parsley and some salt and pepper!]
14. Potato puffs are truly bites of heaven. Well, bites of heavenly delicious mashed potatoes. They will win all your guests and its warm and golden crust will make you eat them very quickly! You need 3 pounds of Idaho Russet potatoes. When you cook and mash them, make a mixture made of 1 large, chopped onion, 3 tbsp of olive oil, 1 cup of cracker crumbs, some salt and pepper and 2 egg yolks. Mix everything and bake for 45 minutes.
15. Everybody loves cranberry pie. Also, everybody loves easy recipes! This no-bake cranberry cake is a creamy tart which can’t get any more festive than this. You’ll need 1 and 1/2 cups of graham cracker crumbs, 3 tbsp of granulated sugar, 1/2 cup of melted butter, 1 package of softened cream cheese, 1 can of whole berry cranberry sauce and 1 can of crushed pineapple. Add some chopped walnuts and whipped cream, and your tart is ready!
16. Another member of cranberry recipes family is cranberry stuffed squash. As you can see, this dessert will look very nice on your holiday menu. You’ll need 2 tbsp of melted butter, 2 medium acorn squashes (cut them in halves and remove the seeds), 1/4 tbsp of salt and 1 can of whole-berry cranberry sauce. When you spoon cranberry sauce equally into centers of the squash, bake for 25 to 30 minutes.
17. It takes only 15 minutes to prepare skillet turkey stew and you will love it’s magical, festive and warm taste. For this winter dish you will need 1 tbsp of vegetable oil, 1 green bell pepper, 1 onion, 3 cups of chunked cooked turkey, 1 can of diced tomatoes, 1 cup of salsa and 1 cup of chicken broth. Cook green pepper and onion until tender, and stir them in remaining ingredients for about 10 minutes.