Every Christmas celebration is an overflowing one. As it should be! It’s the time of the year where we get to indulge ourselves with our favorite food! Whether this is done with regret and guilt is another question. But one thing’s certain: there are always leftovers from every bountiful celebration! It just seems wrong to throw them all away, so try these Christmas leftover recipes to extend the occasion!
Christmas Leftover Recipes For Extended Festivities!
Every Christmas, I make sure there’s always plenty of food to go around. What kind of Christmas dinner or party would it be if we limited ourselves? I say, it’s the season of giving so I give myself the freedom to enjoy all the dishes I love! The downside to my generosity, however, are the leftovers, and it makes me feel very guilty. So, I’ve come up with a list of Christmas leftover recipes to cast aside the guilt, and let the revelry go on!
These Christmas leftover recipes are not only good for your own families, but very helpful to other people as well! A gentle suggestion of what to do with Christmas leftovers will have your loved ones feeling assured they can continue the merriment without wasting any precious food. Leftovers are good for breakfasts and brunches for the following day, so these Christmas leftover recipes help you save some money too! From leftover meat to leftover desserts, I got your covered! You’ll never have to worry about too much food ever again!
1. Macaroni Ham and Cheese
A classic meal good for any time of the day! Your leftover ham will have all the Christmas drizzle and marinade that regular mac n’ cheese simply doesn’t!
2. French Dip Sandwich
Imagine re-heating your leftover roast beef and submerging it in this thick and rich dip! You won’t regret making those extra slices of beef when they’re finally married to this genius recipe!
3. Leftovers Greens Fritters With Crumbled Cheese
Whether we like it or not, healthy greens are often overlooked during Christmas celebrations. Everyone flocks to the ham or the turkey, but now that won’t be a problem! Here’s a way to turn your leftover veggies into a healthy and cheesy fritter!
4. Cake Leftover Trifle
We won’t let even leftover dessert go to waste! Use your cake trimmings, and creatively layer them using cream and fruits to create a decadent trifle!
5. Happy Turkey Meatloaf
Turkey consumption doesn’t end on Thanksgiving. It’s now a main attraction of the Christmas table too! But because we serve the heaviest and meatiest of them all, we tend to deal with leftover after. Why not turn them into a meatloaf! And oh, before I forget, I fond this meatloaf pan that drains off fats. Check them out too!
6. Creamed Rice With English Peas and Country Ham
It’s no longer uncommon nowadays to serve rice on Christmas. They’re light and easy to eat, you don’t even notice they fill you up! Turn your leftover rice into an elegant and savory creamed fried rice!
7. Denver Scramble
All the remaining cheese and bell pepper you used for flavoring your dishes can be used to make this one-of-a-kind omelette! 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 sound a bit excessive. But not with this recipe! Baking them to chewy goodness in between layers of soft dough 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. They’re so good on their own, bare, and cooked to perfection. But even as leftovers, they taste like a newly cooked dish! This one’s a great alternative to your regular beef patty burger!
12. Croque Monsieur
Christmas leftover recipes that sound fancy? Don’t fret, they can be made in a snap! Just put some leftover ham and cheese in a sandwich, grill them, et voila! C’est un croque monsieur!
13. Leftover Brussels Sprout Hash
Brussels sprouts, although everyone slowly winning everyone’s hearts, is still not the easiest dish to make palatable. But Christmas leftover recipes cater to this exact kind of dilemma! With this genius way of hashing, your brussels sprouts will 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! The guide shows you how to achieve soft and creamy but full and hearty crepes, making the marriage of meat, 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 pay attention for a while to how much herbs are left unused during Christmas preparations! That’s enough to make a quick pesto!
16. Bubble & Squeak
I like to call this English dish veggie pancakes! Literally! They have the texture of fried rice cakes stuffed with your leftover veggies! Try this recipe and 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, a recipe to deal with leftover potatoes!
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18. Leftover Pie Dough
All the cutting and shaping for Christmas treats left so many unused dough! They are enough to be turned into a whole new dessert! The practicality of Christmas leftover recipes does not get any more blatant than this!
19. Apple, Lime and Chia Smoothie
Who says only meals can be transformed and re-cooked? From all the fruits, herbs, and seeds you’ve used creating Christmas punches and dessert comes an entirely new healthy and innovative drink!
Watch this video from Jamie Oliver for more Christmas leftover recipes:
I used to be bothered when my family fails to finish everything I’ve prepared for them, but not anymore! Now I know how I can turn their favorite dishes into new ones they’ll love just as much! And on Christmas day, I’ll surely be surprising them with new versions of our Christmas dinner when they wake up the next day! Christmas leftover recipes are the answers we’ve all been looking for since a sumptuous Christmas feast became a necessity. And now we have it! Let’s get re-cooking!
Want more ideas for Christmas leftover recipes? Try these 14 Leftover Ham Recipes! How are you transforming your leftovers this Christmas? Let me know in the comments section!
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