With these Christmas leftover recipes, you’ll never waste food again and save as much as you can. Transform Christmas dinner leftovers into whole new dishes as inspired by these Christmas leftover recipes!
Christmas Leftover Recipes To Avoid Food Waste
Christmas dinner is an occasion to enjoy good food with people dear and near. This is why we never spare space in the dinner table with special and delicious food. The problem comes in the morning with all the leftovers, and I’ve been taught early on, never to waste food with all the people going hungry in the world. Be inspired with these Christmas leftover recipes and fix leftovers for you and your family to enjoy. Better yet, fix some for a soup kitchen for the homeless and spread the spirit of Christmas around.
1. Macaroni Ham and Cheese
2. French Dip Sandwich
Imagine re-heating your leftover roast beef and submerging it in this thick and rich dip! You won’t regret wrestling with that extra large roast when the stragglers are made into 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
5. Happy Turkey Meatloaf
Turkey consumption doesn’t end at 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 leftovers after. Why not turn them into a meatloaf!
6. Creamed Rice With English Peas and Country Ham
It’s no longer uncommon nowadays to serve rice at Christmas. It’s tasty and easy to eat, you don’t even notice how hearty it is! Turn your leftover rice into 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 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 sound a bit excessive. But not with this recipe! Baking them into 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. It’s so good on its own, bare, and cooked to perfection. But even as leftovers, it tastes 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, this can be made in a snap! Just put some leftover ham and cheese into a sandwich, grill it, et voila! C’est un croque monsieur!
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13. Leftover Brussels Sprout Hash
Brussels sprouts, although 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 making, 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 take notice of 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!
18. Leftover Pie Dough
All the cutting and shaping for Christmas treats left so much unused dough! It’s 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, come an entirely new healthy and innovative drink!
Watch this video from Jamie Oliver for more Christmas leftover recipes:
Now you know the best way to deal with your Christmas leftovers other than the dump. With these terrific recipes, you can transform leftovers into brand new food everyone you like to share it with can enjoy. Be inspired never to waste food again with these Christmas leftover recipes!
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Editor’s Note – This post was originally published in December 2016 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.