There are always so many leftovers at the holidays. What’s a girl to do other than eat the same meal twice a day until it’s all gone or pawn it off on friends and family? All you really need is an arsenal of creative recipes to dispose of those leftovers without boring your taste buds.
Sure, some of these recipes were originally made for Thanksgiving, but there’s no reason you can’t use them post-Yuletide too.
Leftover turkey recipes
1. Leftover turkey pot pie recipe
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This leftover turkey pot pie is ridiculously easy and uses a lot of ingredients you probably already have on hand.
2. Turkey avocado spring rolls with hoisin nut dip recipe
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For many of us, holiday meals are all about Americana. These turkey avocado spring rolls are a nice change of pace.
3. Leftover Thanksgiving stuffed burger recipe
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A burger stuffed with leftover turkey and smeared with mashed potatoes, gravy and cranberry sauce should do the trick for getting rid of your holiday culinary boredom.
4. Grilled-pressed Thanksgiving leftover panini recipe
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Jazz up that leftover turkey sandwich by making it into a toasty turkey panini.
5. Leftover turkey congee recipe
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This recipe for Chinese turkey and rice porridge will make a comforting meal to slurp by the fire.
Special thanks to Jaden for also giving directions for laying claim to leftover turkey bones when you’re a guest at someone’s holiday meal — I assume these would work for ham bones too.
6. Leftover Southern gumbo recipe
This leftover Southern gumbo will help you use up that leftover turkey and some of the veggies you had left over from your stuffing.
Leftover ham recipes
7. Chicken cordon bleu pizza recipe
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Use cooked frozen chicken tenders and leftover diced ham to make this chicken cordon bleu pizza.
8. Empanadas de jamón y queso recipe
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These ham and cheese empanadas are a quick and easy way to use up leftover holiday ham.
9. Feta, spinach and ham muffin recipe
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10. Ham tetrazzini recipe
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This crowd-pleasing ham tetrazzini casserole may just inspire you to buy an extra-large ham this year.
11. Leftover ham salad recipe
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This recipe for ham salad can be scaled to suit any amount of leftover ham you have.
Leftover Christmas roast recipes
12. Leftover French dip sandwich with easy au jus recipe
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Just because you didn’t think ahead and save those pan drippings doesn’t mean a French dip sandwich is off the table.
13. Pot roast soup recipe
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This fantastic leftover pot roast soup recipe will help you fight the dryness of leftovers.
14. Pot roast hand pies recipe
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Leftover pot roast and prepackaged dough come together to create these tasty (and portable) leftover pot roast hand pies.
15. Pot roast and white cheddar grilled cheese recipe
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The two most comforting of comfort foods collide in this pot roast and white cheddar grilled cheese sammie.
Leftover duck recipes
16. Duck tacos with chipotle-cherry salsa and goat cheese recipe
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Try using your leftover duck in place of the meat on these spicy tacos.
17. Duck pâté de campagne recipe
Put your leftover duck to use as an appetizer for post-holiday festivities with this fancy duck pâté.
18. Asian roasted duck salad recipe
This roasted duck salad with an Asian flair is literally meant to be made with leftovers.
19. Duck noodle soup recipe
The perfect accompaniment to the roasted duck salad, this duck noodle soup takes both leftovers and noodle soup to a whole new level.
20. Duck and mushroom soup recipe
If noodle soup isn’t your speed, this duck and mushroom soup is sure to please.