With Christmas leftover recipes, you’ll never waste food again. Plus, you can save as much as you can too. Transform Christmas dinner leftovers into whole new dishes with this list!
Christmas Leftover Recipes To Avoid Food Waste
Extend the Festivities With Christmas Leftover Recipes
Christmas dinner is an occasion to enjoy good food with people dear and near. This is why I make sure our dinner table is filled with special and delicious food. The problem comes in the morning with all the leftovers.
I’m never one to waste food while so many are going hungry in the world. So I prepared this list of Christmas leftover recipes to help you fix dishes for you and your family to enjoy. Better yet, fix some for a soup kitchen for the homeless to keep spreading the spirit of Christmas.
1. Macaroni Ham and Cheese
A classic meal good for any time of the day! Your leftover ham will have all the Christmas flavor that regular mac n’ cheese doesn’t!
It’s so good, no wonder it tops our list of Christmas leftover recipes.
2. French Dip Sandwich
Imagine re-heating your leftover roast beef and submerging it in a thick and rich dip! You won’t regret wrestling with that extra large roast. Not when the stragglers make up this genius recipe!
3. Leftovers Greens Fritters With Crumbled Cheese
Healthy greens are often overlooked during Christmas celebrations. Everyone flocks to the ham or the turkey. But now that won’t be a problem!
Turn your leftover veggies into healthy and cheesy fritters!
4. Cake Leftover Trifle
We won’t let even leftover Christmas dessert go to waste! Time to put those cake trimmings to good use. Have fun layering them using cream and fruit to create a decadent trifle!
5. Happy Turkey Meatloaf
Turkey consumption doesn’t end at Thanksgiving. It’s now a main attraction on the Christmas table too! But because we serve the heaviest and meatiest of them all, we tend to deal with leftovers after.
So why not turn them into meatloaf?
6. Creamed Rice With English Peas and Country Ham
It’s no longer uncommon nowadays to serve rice at Christmas. No one can deny who tasty and easy it is to eat, you won’t even notice how hearty it is! Turn your leftover rice into savory creamed fried rice!
7. Denver Scramble
Got some remaining cheese and bell pepper you used for flavoring your dishes? Use them for a one-of-a-kind omelet!
Christmas leftover recipes are all about being inventive. And this one certainly achieves that!
8. Spiced Brunch Rice With Leftover Roasted Veg
Rice, herbs, and veggies sound like a complete meal to me! A healthy option for your leftovers that leave some of the meaty and heavy stuff out! Perfect for pacing yourself early in the morning!
9. Turkey And Stuffing Sausage Rolls
Turkey and sausage—two kinds of meat may sound a bit excessive. But not when you make these turkey and stuffing sausage rolls!
Bake them into chewy goodness between layers of soft dough. Now that is post-Christmas heaven!
10. Leftover Roast Chicken Crustless Mini Quiches
Chicken on mini quiche is a great idea! Protein and dairy in a small single serving? Leftover Christmas recipes have never been this exciting!
11. Roast Beef and Caramelized Onion Sliders
Roast beef is my go-to Christmas main dish. It’s so good on its own, bare, and cooked to perfection. But even as leftovers, it tastes like a newly-cooked dish!
Sliders a great alternative to your regular beef patty burger!
12. Croque Monsieur
Christmas leftover recipes that sound fancy? Don’t fret, you can make one in a snap! Just put some leftover ham and cheese into a sandwich, grill it, et voila! C’est un croque monsieur!
13. Leftover Brussels Sprout Hash
Brussels sprouts are slowly winning everyone’s hearts. But they’re is still not the easiest dish to make palatable. Good thing we have Christmas leftover recipes that cater to this exact kind of dilemma!
Turn them into hash to let them receive the attention reserved for turkey and ham!
14. Creamy Spinach Crêpes
This recipe requires leftover turkey, but you can use any leftover meat to make them! Achieve soft and creamy, but full and hearty crepes. All you need to do is marry the meats for a Christmas miracle!
15. Quick Pesto
You don’t notice it, but you use up so many herbs and spices while cooking. We take them for granted because they come in unsuspecting quantities. But take notice of how much herbs are left unused during Christmas preparations!
Usually enough to make a quick pesto!
16. Bubble & Squeak
I like to call this English dish the veggie pancakes! They have the texture of fried rice cakes stuffed with your leftover veggies. Try this to jumpstart your way back to a healthy diet after all that eating!
17. Christmas Leftovers Jacket Potatoes
Potatoes are always present as a side dish on the Christmas table. We’re so used to it that we don’t notice we make too much! Finally, you know how to deal with leftover potatoes!
The yummy way, of course.
18. Leftover Pie Dough
All the cutting and shaping for Christmas treats left so much unused dough! It’s enough to turn them into a whole new dessert! The practicality of Christmas leftover recipes does not get any better than this!
19. Apple, Lime and Chia Smoothie
Who says only meals can be transformed and re-cooked? Bring out all the fruits, herbs, and seeds you used creating Christmas punches and dessert. Turn them into a healthy and innovative drink!
Went the fried chicken route this Christmas? Watch this video by Babish Culinary Universe for their Christmas leftover recipes, fried chicken edition:
Now you know the best way to deal with your Christmas leftovers other than the dump. With these Christmas leftover recipes, you can transform them into brand new dishes.
Be inspired never to waste food again with these Christmas leftover recipes!
Which of these Christmas leftover recipes did you like? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!
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Editor’s Note – This post was originally published on December 25, 2016, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.