Leftover Recipes

leftover recipes

At this time of year, I obviously mean Thanksgiving leftover recipes, but these recipes are good to keep in mind after any big meal with lots of leftovers. I’ve grouped these by type of leftover: leftover turkey, leftover ham, leftover rolls, leftover mashed potatoes (arguably the BEST leftover to have to “deal” with) and leftover miscellaneous vegetable side dishes. Hope that’s clear enough for ya! 😉 Watch the video on YouTube!!!

Leftover Turkey Recipes

Pot Pie Use leftover turkey in place of chicken in this chicken pot pie recipe

Turkey BLT Sandwiches These are what my grandmother always made after Thanksgiving

Enchiladas Verde Shred leftover turkey and make enchiladas with a spicy, tart salsa verde

Tortilla Soup The spicy, fresh flavors of this soup are a great change of pace from the heaviness of usual fall recipes

BBQ Sandwiches Shred leftover turkey and mix with a quick, homemade barbecue sauce to make easy sandwiches

Leftover Ham Recipes

Fried Rice You’ll need some leftover rice to make this, too, but it’s so good and quick it would be worth it to cook a pot of long grain rice just to have leftovers.

Ham and Cheese Waffles These ham and cheese yeasted waffles are perfect for people who like a savory breakfast. Make the batter the night before and have it ready to plop into the waffle iron first thing in the morning.

Crepes Leftover ham is delicious inside a warm crepe with some Swiss or Gruyere cheese

Eggs Benedict Slap some slices of your ham on a toasted English muffin and top with a poached egg and some homemade Hollandaise

Red Beans and Rice A ham bone or some dried-out ends are a delicious addition to red beans and rice

Monte Cristo Sandwich Basically a fancy grilled ham and cheese. These are a good thing to serve with leftover cranberry sauce

Leftover Bread Recipes

The best thing about extra bread is that is can be frozen nearly indefinitely then thawed out and it’s basically good as new. But if you’ve got some leftover bread that’s already gone stale, try these recipes to give your bread or rolls new life.

Crostini Use leftover French bread, baguettes or even a sourdough loaf to make crostini. Double-up on your leftovers and top them with melted cheese and turkey or ham

French Toast Stale sweet breads like brioche, challah, and Hawaiian rolls make excellent French toast, but so does French bread and sourdough!

Tiny sandwiches Warm up leftover rolls and spread generously with mayonnaise and a little mango chutney. Stuff with leftover ham or turkey.

I also save old stale bread heels in the freezer until I get a bag full, then toast in the oven to dry them a little and grind up to make bread crumbs which I also store in the freezer until I need them!

Leftover Mashed Potato Recipes

Mashed potato waffles are the reason to intentionally make too much mashed potatoes

Shepherd’s Pie If you’re tired of turkey, make a shepherd’s pie with ground beef or lamb and top it with your leftover potatoes

Potato Taquitos Fill corn tortillas with leftover mashed potatoes and fry. Serve with salsa or sour cream, or both!

Leftover Vegetable Recipes

Leftover cranberry sauce: spread a thin layer on your turkey sandwich, or on a grilled cheese made with sharp Cheddar. Also good for dipping a Monte Cristo sandwich

Leftover stuffing or dressing can be turned into stuffin’muffins! Add an egg (and maybe some cheese or other leftovers like green beans, turkey) to your leftover dressing and spoon into greased muffin tins. Bake at 350ºF for about 20 minutes until nice and hot and toasty.

Leftover green bean casserole can be added to just about any kind of stew or soup (like this vegetable beef stew)

Leftover sweet potato sweet potato casserole can be added to milkshakes or smoothies, or mix in a couple spoonfuls to a basic pancake recipe for easy sweet potato pancakes.

Leftover roasted vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower or Brussels sprouts can be added to a pasta bake or tossed with vinaigrette and added to a big salad topped with toasted nuts!

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