Delicious Ways to Use Holiday Dinner Leftovers

Delicious Ways to Use Holiday Dinner Leftovers

The holiday season is synonymous with abundant, hearty meals shared amongst loved ones. However, despite the merry feasting, the aftermath often leaves us with heaps of leftovers. The problem of holiday dinner leftovers is as recurrent as the celebration itself. However, with a dash of creativity, these remnants of festive feasts can be transformed into scrumptious new meals. This article aims to explore various delicious ways to reuse holiday dinner leftovers, ensuring that nothing goes to waste while keeping the festive spirit alive in the following days.


  1. Appetizing Appetizers:
  2. Leftover Turkey or Ham Croquettes: Croquettes are a classic choice to begin with. Blend the leftover turkey or ham with some mashed potatoes, shape them into small oval patties, bread them, and deep-fry until golden brown.
  3. Vegetable Soup: A warm bowl of vegetable soup is comforting and a great way to use leftover roasted vegetables. Blend them with some vegetable stock, season to taste and voila, a wholesome soup is ready to serve.
  4. Hearty Breakfasts:
  5. Stuffing Waffles: Transform the leftover stuffing into crisp waffles. Mix the stuffing with a few eggs, press them in a waffle maker, and serve with a dollop of cranberry sauce.
  6. Mashed Potato Pancakes: Combine mashed potatoes with a little flour and egg, form into patties, and cook on a griddle until crispy. They pair well with leftover gravy or apple sauce.
  7. Luscious Lunches:
  8. Turkey or Ham Sandwich: A classic, yet delicious choice. Layer slices of turkey or ham with cranberry sauce, stuffing, and gravy between slices of bread for a hearty sandwich.
  9. Salad with Roasted Veggies and Turkey: Toss leftover turkey and roasted vegetables with some fresh greens, add your favorite dressing, and enjoy a light yet fulfilling salad.
  10. Delightful Dinners:
  11. Shepherd's Pie: A traditional dish that can easily incorporate holiday dinner leftovers. Use leftover mashed potatoes as the top layer, with a mixture of veggies and turkey or ham as the filling.
  12. Leftover Lasagna: Layer sheets of lasagna with leftover turkey, cranberry sauce, gravy, and cheese for a twist on the traditional lasagna.
  13. Satisfying Snacks:
  14. Cranberry Sauce Muffins: Mix cranberry sauce with basic muffin ingredients and bake until golden brown for a sweet and tart snack.
  15. Cheesy Potato Bites: Combine leftover mashed potatoes with cheese, form into small balls, bread them, and bake until crispy.
  16. Creative Casseroles:
  17. Turkey and Stuffing Casserole: A simple yet comforting dish. Layer leftover turkey, stuffing, and gravy in a casserole dish, top with some cheese, and bake until bubbly.
  18. Vegetable Casserole: Mix leftover vegetables with a cream sauce, top with cheese and breadcrumbs, and bake until golden.
  19. Dessert Reimagined:
  20. Pumpkin Pie Milkshake: Blend slices of leftover pumpkin pie with some ice cream and milk for a creamy and delicious dessert shake.
  21. Sweet Potato Pie Parfaits: Layer chunks of sweet potato pie with whipped cream and pecans for a delightful dessert parfait.

The essence of holidays is not only about the grand meals but also about cherishing what we have. Repurposing holiday dinner leftovers into innovative and delectable dishes is a testament to holiday resourcefulness and culinary creativity. As we bid adieu to the festive season, let these delicious renditions of leftovers keep the joyous spirit lingering a little longer.

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