I love making fresh meals but I’m a huge fan of leftovers, too. That’s especially true when it comes to holiday dishes from my Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts.
This year, I cooked up some tasty recipes including pot roast with carrots and potatoes, ham and sweet potatoes. And per usual, I made way too much for my family to eat in one night!
Thankfully I have a lot of food I can use for meals and snacks throughout the week. But instead of just popping sides in the microwave, I found a few ways to use these dishes in completely new ways.
Here are some of the best recipes you can make from your Christmas leftovers.
Recipes To Create With Leftover Meat
If you have some leftover ham on your hands, you can create my grandmother’s favorite quiche recipe! She used to make it with bacon, but you can easily swap the ingredient with ham and it will taste just as good.
It’s a classic in my house throughout the year, and if you want to try it yourself you can find the recipe HERE.
Whether you use this recipe for lunch or dinner, it’s bound to have you coming back for seconds! It’s a turkey, brie and cranberry panini and it’s incredibly easy to make. I’m talking only five ingredients!
Gather crusty bread, butter, turkey, cranberry sauce and brie and you’ll be well on your way to a delicious sandwich. Find the full recipe HERE.
Leftover turkey? You’re in luck because this turkey pot pie from Spend with Pennies looks delicious! It’s made with turkey, roast vegetables and potatoes — so you can use multiple side dishes for this one.
Check out the whole recipe HERE!
This year, my family made pot roast for Christmas and boy was it delicious! With that said, its one of those meals I can only eat ever so often so I’m trying to make something entirely new out of those leftover ingredients.
I discovered this Roast Beef Hash and Eggs from Ina Garten and it requires ingredients I already used in my pot roast. It makes four servings (great for my family) and it’s great alone or topped with poached eggs.
Find the recipe HERE to make it yourself.
How To Use Leftover Potatoes
This is the perfect recipe if you’re looking to get rid of a lot of Christmas leftovers — including sweet potatoes! It’s a turkey-cranberry strudel from Recipe Girl and it looks absolutely decadent.
Between the shredded Swiss cheese and the maple syrup, this strudel is filled with multiple flavor profiles. If you’d like to try this at home, you can find the entire recipe HERE.
I found this mashed potato pancake recipe on Savory Nothings and I already have plans of adding it to my weeknight dinner plan. These are simple to make and only require shredded cheddar cheese, flour, eggs and leftover mashed potatoes.
You can also freeze them for future gatherings. Want to make some of your own? Find the recipe HERE.
Still have some extra sweet potatoes in the pantry that you didn’t cook up? I have a recipe is for you! This classic sweet potato pie will delight anyone with a sweet tooth. Plus, it’s fairly healthy which is an added bonus.
The potatoes provide a perfect foundation and the cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and vanilla top off the flavor profile. See the entire recipe HERE.
Christmas Leftovers Recipes With Extra Veggies
When the weather is cold, there’s nothing I love more than a warm cup of soup. These recipes are typically easy to make and they can last a while in the fridge.
This soup recipe from Chelsea’s Messy Apron is filled with all kinds of vegetables from carrots to peas to corn — giving me a way to use all those leftover veggies! And you can’t forget the bowtie pasta because that’s what makes this soup so special.
Find her complete recipe HERE.
Dive into those leftover green beans in a whole new way. Some people make a casserole with their beans, but if you steam them or cook them in the oven, you can re-use them in this recipe from Kalyn’s Kitchen.
Other Christmas Leftovers Recipes
Stuffin’ Muffins. It’s a cute name and an even more delicious recipe! This one is great for anyone who has extra stuffing taking up room in the fridge. Instead of just warming it back up and placing it on a plate, you can make baked muffins that include layers of beans, turkey, mashed potatoes and stuffing.
Take a look at the entire recipe from Taste of Home HERE.
My sweet senses are tingling with this Cranberry Bar recipe. I found it on Dish in The Kitchen and it’s a great recipe to make with some of that excess cranberry sauce. You’ll find the delicious berries in the center of crumbly shortbread layers, and they’re aesthetically pleasing, too!
Making it at home? Find the recipe HERE.
This dish includes a gravy recipe, but you can also add some of your own leftover gravy to change it up a bit. These Swedish meatballs are the perfect mix of comfort and flavor and they’re sure to be a family hit. And the best part is that they’re surprisingly easy to make.
The result is tender meatballs covered in thick gravy and if the photo isn’t enough to make your mouth water, making it yourself will do the trick See the full recipe HERE.
With all these Christmas leftovers recipes, you could convince someone you’re cooking an entirely new meal! I hope some of these were helpful and that you can experiment with some fresh dish ideas.
From my home to yours,