13 Surprising Ways to Use Holiday Leftovers

If you've got a fridge full of leftovers from all your holiday parties and you just can't stomach the idea of another hot turkey sandwich, we've got you covered! From breakfast to snacks, you can repurpose all your holiday food into surprising new dishes the whole family will love. You can substitute the leftover meat in almost any dish, just add it towards the end so it doesn't dry out.

If you have lots of turkey:

If you have a lot of leftover turkey, try making our Turkey Pot-au-Feu, a French stew, or add turkey in a traditional chili recipe.

Tacos are a great meal for kids since they can get hands-on and assemble their own. They're also a nice break from all the heavier holiday meals.

If you have lots of ham:

Extra ham can easily turn into a creamy carbonara:

Leftover ham
1/2 cup tomatoes
1 lb dried linguine
1/4 cup unsalted butter
4 eggs
1 cup grated romano cheese
1/4 cup light cream
salt and pepper

In a large wide frying pan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the ham and fry until almost crisp. Remove from the heat, cover and keep warm. In a bowl, beat together the eggs, grated romano cheese, the cream and salt and pepper; set aside. Cook the linguini until almost al dente. Drain the linguini, add it to the frying pan holding the ham and mushrooms and raise the heat to high. Add the egg mixture and stir vigorously until the eggs are firm but not dry, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes and serve immediately.

If you have lots of appetizers and sides:

Turn your mashed potatoes into tasty potato pancakes. For every cup of potatoes, add 1/3 cup flour, 1/2 tsp baking powder, 2 tbsp milk, and salt and pepper to taste. Form into patties and fry in 2-3 tbsp Melt Organic.

Use up the brie from your cheese plate and cranberry sauce with a cranberry, pear, and brie flatbread. 

Turn your leftover veggies into a roasted vegetable salad—beets, sweet potato, Brussels sprouts, potatoes, and carrots with arugula and any extra goat cheese make for a simple, nutritious salad.

Cranberry sauce can be used as a glaze on meat, frozen into cubes for smoothies, or you can whip up some cranberry-apple muffins.

If you have a little bit of everything:

Shepherd's pie or pot pie are great if you have sweet or mashed potatoes, leftover vegetables, and turkey or beef to use up. They also keep well in the fridge so you can eat them all week.

A frittata is another easy way to incorporate veggies, meat, and any cheese you might have left. Try this for breakfast or brunch post-holiday.

A stir-fry works for kinds of vegetables and meat. Simply sauté with thick or thin noodles and add a sauce like San-J Tamari gluten and soy-free soy sauce.

By Steph Davidson| December 26, 2016
Categories:  Eat

About the Author

Steph Davidson

Steph Davidson

Steph is a writer and editor with a love of tea, books, and horror movies. Steph grew up under the impression that most meals came out of a box and had to contain some sort of animal protein. When an interest in a more environmentally friendly way of living led to her vegetarianism in 2012, she decided to teach herself how to cook. You can catch her kitchen wins (and the occasional opportunity for improvement) on Instagram @_stephinitely_.


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