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33 Ways to Enjoy Holiday Leftovers

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Updated July 05, 2016

A fabulous feast is a highlight of the holiday season, when families gather together and celebrate with a spread of festive food. But when the holidays are over, most everyone wonders what to do with Thanksgiving leftovers and Christmas leftovers! Don't let those leftovers go to waste - we've got a host of delicious ideas to turn your leftovers into tempting meals you'll love to eat a second time around.

With 33 Ways to Enjoy Holiday Leftovers, we've included recipes to transform your leftovers into hearty casseroles and tasty sandwiches, plus easy soups, stews and more. Whether you have a lot of leftovers or a little, there's a recipe here you can use!

Test Kitchen Tip

Wondering how long your holiday leftovers will last? The Test Kitchen's Leftover Storage Tips has an easy-to-read chart on refrigerator storage times, plus tips on storage containers and a food safety guide. Read our tips on storing your food safely and you won't have any doubts about enjoying it a second time!

Ham Leftovers

You've cooked a delicious ham for your holiday dinner and that means tons of leftovers. But we're not talking the usual ham sandwiches here: our recipes for leftover ham include those you'll want to make year-round when your family keeps asking for'em!

Creamy Ham Casserole  

Creamy Ham Casserole - You'll save the day with this simple Creamy Ham Casserole. This is comfort food at its best, and it couldn't be easier to throw together even on a busy weeknight, especially with holiday leftovers!


Ham Frittata - The Italian-style omelet known as a fritata is a great way to use up leftover meats and veggies. This delicious recipe  for a Ham Frittata does just that, and is perfect for breakfast, brunch or a light lunch.


Ham 'n' Cheese Strombolis - What a super way to use up leftover ham ! These easy pizzeria-style Ham 'n' Cheese Strombolis always deliver tasty raves; and you might just find yourself buying ham on purpose to make these.


Ham and Bean One Pot - A vegetable trinity of chopped onion, celery, and peppers is the crunchy, tasty start to this hearty Ham and Bean One Pot. Made with leftover ham, if you've got a hungry bunch, this one is sure to stick to their ribs.


Amish Ham and Cheese Casserole - Amish recipes are all the rage, probably because of their huge comfort factor. Our easy version of this classic country Amish Ham  and Cheese Casserole takes advantage of some supermarket shortcuts. Same great taste, but a bit less work for us.


Broccoli and Cheese Bites - A little goes a long way with small appetizer  bites that are big on taste. Our Broccoli and Cheese Bites made from convenient refrigerated biscuits that're filled with diced ham, mozzarella string cheese and chopped frozen broccoli are sure to be crowd pleasers.

Other great leftover ham recipes:

Hearty Ham Pie


Double Delight Pineapple Ham Bake

Turkey Leftovers

These day-after delights using leftover turkey are so tasty, you may even find yourself buying a bigger bird next Thanksgiving or Christmas! Reinvent turkey in these pot pies, soups, sandwich melts, and casseroles. They make a quick & easy lunch or dinner that's sure to satisfy.

Turkey Pot Pie  

Turkey Pot Pie - The ultimate comfort food  has to be a bubblin' hot Turkey Pot Pie. One forkful and you'll know we're right. Plus, a turkey pot pie is a great way to put all of those Thanksgiving leftovers to good use!


Tempting Turkey Tetrazzini - Bet you can't say Tempting Turkey Tetrazzini three times fast! This leftover turkey recipe is easy to make and tastes great; bet you'll want at least three helpings! Now, control yourself!


Turkey Frame Soup - There's more than one way to get leftovers out of a whole turkey, and our recipe  for homemade Turkey Frame Soup will take advantage of every part of our turkey. Think of it as an eco-friendly recipe you'll love.


Crunchy Turkey Bake - Our creamy and Crunchy Turkey Bake is so warming and satisfying that you'll wish there's leftover turkey at Thanksgiving to make it! This is the perfect way to take the chill off of a mid-winter day.


Turkey Cranberry Pitas - Whether we're using leftover turkey or we pick up some deli-style turkey breast in the market, these hearty pita sandwiches go together in a snap! Tangy dried cranberries and crunchy walnuts add to the contrast of flavors  and enjoyment!


Skillet Turkey Stew - Skillet Turkey Stew is a quick and easy hearty main dish  meal you can have on your table in minutes. Whether you make it with leftover chicken or leftover turkey, it makes great use of them.  Try this easy leftover recipe tonight!

Other leftover turkey recipes:

Cranberry Turkey Melts


Turkey "Everything"

Leftover Potatoes

You can rest assured that leftover potatoes won't last long in your house after the holidays! That's because you'll have these great potato recipes for your Christmas or Thanksgiving leftovers. From super-simple dinner ideas to kid-friendly dippers, these ways to re-purpose potatoes will have your family cheering!

Easy Dinner Pie  

Easy Dinner Pie - Our twist on traditional Shepherd's Pie makes great use of lighter ground chicken instead of ground beef. Our Easy Dinner  Pie is stick-to-your-ribs delicious. Make it with your leftover potatoes from any holiday feast!


Mashed Potato Casserole - Mashed potatoes always offer stick-to-your-ribs comfort, and our Mashed Potato Casserole is a new twist on a family favorite side dish recipe . Our spuds will never be duds if we make 'em this way!


Chocolate Potato Cookies - Mashed potatoes in cookies?! Sh, let's keep the secret to these can't-get-enough-of-'em Chocolate Potato Cookies until everybody tastes 'em! Who woulda thought that leftover potatoes could be dessert!


Potato Puffs - Win over party guests or even your family with these homemade , melt-in-your-mouth Potato Puffs. The warm, golden crust contrasts with the creamy potato filling to ensure that you'll never want store-bought again.

Other great leftover potato recipes:

Mashed Potato Pancakes


Skillet Chicken and Potatoes

Tiny Taters


Leftover Cranberies

Leftover cranberries and cranberry sauce can be easily recycled in desserts like pie and cobbler, but they can also be a standout in savory main dishes and sides. Cranberry sauce may be forever linked to the holidays, but you can enjoy these cranberry leftovers anytime!

No-Bake Cranberry Pie  

No-Bake Cranberry Pie - This tart and creamy No-Bake Cranberry Pie looks as holiday-festive as it tastes. Maybe make two, one for your feast and bring another to a friend to extend the holiday cheer.


Cranberry Cobbler - There's nothing as comforting as a warm dessert, and this Cranberry Cobbler has them all beat! Bake one up with your leftover cranberries from your holiday feast, tonight!


Cranberry Chicken - Fruit and poultry are always a great pairing. That's why we made succulent Cranberry Chicken that you won't be able to resist!

  Cranberry Dream Bars - Creamy Cranberry Dream Bars are a delightful treat. They can be served as a fancy dessert or a simple kids' snack.

Cranberry Stuffed Squash - If you've never made acorn squash, you're missing out on what I think is one of the best autumn veggies. Try this recipe  as your introduction to (or reminder of) a really yummy veggie.


Sour Cream Cranberry Bars - With a chewy texture and a lemon zest kick our Sour Cream Cranberry Bars are sure to become a winter cookie favorite. Set 'em out after dinner  or as a snack, and watch as they fly off the plate!

Other great leftover cranberry recipes:



Cranberry Clusters


Cranberry Irish Soda Bread

Stuffed Cranberry Chicken Breasts


Cranberry Pork Roast


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Those recipes are worth trying for! Leftovers are still useful to choose from. Wasting food is known as to be an individual affront to the maker in many cultures. That does not mean that you have to eat things with the verve of Beldar Conehead, however. It really means learning the best way to increase your leftover food use. Here are some suggestions for using leftover meals that will save you cash and time. Get a cash assistance to help pay for your food.


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