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24 Ways to Enjoy Holiday Leftovers

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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 24 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
Creamy Ham Casserole 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 Ham and Bean One Pot
Ham Frittata Hearty Ham Pie
Double Delight Pineapple Ham Bake Ham 'n' Cheese Strombolis
Turkey Leftovers
Turkey Pot Pie 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 Cranberry Turkey Melts
Turkey "Everything" Crunchy Turkey Bake
Turkey Frame Soup Tempting Turkey Tetrazzini
Leftover Potatoes
Easy Dinner Pie 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 Mashed Potato Pancakes
Mashed Potato Casserole Tiny Taters
Chocolate Potato Cookies Skillet Chicken and Potatoes
Leftover Cranberries
No-Bake Cranberry Pie 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 Cranberry Chicken
Cranberry Stuffed Squash Cranberry Dream Bars
Cranberry Cobbler Cranberry Clusters



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