Give New Life to Your Christmas Leftovers

Five ways to revitalize your once-fresh dishes.

  • Published: 12/26/2022
  • 2 min. read

‘Tis the season for cooking. For baking. For eating. But once the friends and family leave the dinner party, or head home with a full Tupperware, the question remains: what does one do with the leftovers? 

Microwaving a plate from the night before can only get you so far, and is usually only tasty the next day (if you’re lucky). So how can you take these culinary labors of love and enjoy them post-event? If you’re us, you revamp them and transform them into a brand new dish! 

Read on for five great ideas on what to cook days after your feast, with leftovers as the inspiration. 

Turkey or ham?

If you’ve got one of the two great holiday meats leftover, it’s sandwich time. Take out the dijon mustard, gravy, swiss cheese, lettuce and… cranberry sauce. You read that right: cranberry sauce is the perfect match to the saltiness brought by the turkey combined with the creamy, rounded flavor from the gravy. Ever hear of a Monte Cristo sandwich? This is a distant cousin! 

Stuffing?  

Stuffing is the perfect topping on a soup. And yes, we know what stuffing looks like the day (or two days) after its tabletop debut. Make it crispy by placing it in the oven to get that crunch back! Pop it in the oven on a foil-lined baking sheet at 121°C/250°F. This revitalized dish will give soup the texture needed to bring it to the next level. 

Green bean and Brussels sprouts? 

It’s frittata time — the perfect brunch dish filled with effortless cooking. Preheat the oven, whisk some eggs and fill up a pan with the leftover veggies. Pour the whisked eggs on top, add some grated cheese and bake for 15 minutes. Boom — you’ve got yourself a swoon-worthy breakfast. 

Cranberry sauce? 

Try out this pre-made breakfast meal! Combine chia and overnight oats, swirl in the cranberry sauce and top it off with pecans and nuts. Set them aside in the refrigerator in resealable jars and you’ve got a simple, ready-made breakfast.

Mashed potatoes? 

We’ve got two words for you: potato fritters. Take the mashed potatoes and add sliced green onions, peas, chili and cilantro. Cook them crispy on a stovetop and serve with a dollop of sour cream. 

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