After everyone’s had their fill of turkey, dressing and the usual trimmings from traditional holiday feasts, you might be stuck with piles of leftovers and limited options for using them. If you’re unsure about what to do with all those extra ingredients, then here are 10 unique ways to transform your holiday leftovers.
1. Potato Pancakes
If you have mountains of mashed potatoes left, then try transforming them into traditional potato pancakes. Though normally made with fresh potatoes, latkes can be made using mashed potatoes for a quick and easy breakfast treat. Combine the potatoes with butter and seasoning and form them into small patties. Fry them up in a hot pan with olive oil until crisp.
2. Cranberry Ice Cream
If your blender is up to the challenge, you can create soft-serve ice cream at home without needing special equipment. Mash up cranberries with cream and granulated sugar or honey. Add the mixture to a high-powered blender with a few cups of ice. Blend on high until you reach a soft-serve consistency. You can store this tasty treat in the freezer for up to a week.
3. Barbecue Turkey Sliders
Chop up leftover turkey or shred it into chunks. Use a jar of your favorite barbecue sauce or make your own using ketchup, brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce. Toss the meat into a slow cooker with the sauce and allow to simmer on low until heated through. Ladle the barbecue onto leftover rolls or buns for sliders.
4. Ham & Veggie Quiche
If you have lots of leftover ham and vegetables, then you can create quiches for breakfast or to freeze for quick meals later. Chop up the ham and vegetables and combine them with beaten eggs, cream and cheese. Pour into a heated skillet and allow to cook through. To garnish, top the quiches with Greek yogurt and diced cranberries.
5. Turkey-Cranberry Salad
Instead of classic chicken salad, use turkey leftovers and excess cranberries to create cold turkey-cranberry salad for sandwiches. Dice up the turkey and cranberries and add either mayonnaise or Greek yogurt for a healthy alternative. Season to taste with celery salt, pepper and cayenne, and chill for a few hours before serving.
6. Sweet Potato Milkshakes
Mash up leftover sweet potatoes or yams in a bowl and add vanilla ice cream, cinnamon, and a bit of honey or brown sugar. Pour the mixture into a blender and add enough ice for texture. Blend on high until well-combined. Serve with a dollop of whipped topping or sprinkled with shaved pecans.
7. Root Vegetable Medley
With an abundance of beets, potatoes and sweet potatoes leftover from holiday meals, you may run out of ways to use them. Instead of attempting individual dishes, combine your leftover root vegetables into a cold salad or a hot casserole dish. Dice the vegetables, sprinkle some fresh herbs and melted butter over the pan and bake until crispy yet soft.
8. Flavored Ice Cubes
For cocktails or virgin mixed drinks, use leftover cranberries and citrus slices to make flavored ice cubes. Mash up the fruit and berries using a high-powered blender to liquefy if necessary. Allow to cool, then pour into ice cube trays and let freeze overnight. Add to lime-flavored sodas or chilled apple juice for the kids.
9. Herb Lemonade
After you’ve used fresh herbs to season your poultry and side dishes, you may have some extra. Rather than tossing the excess, stick a few springs of fresh thyme, cilantro or basil into a pitcher of homemade lemonade. For elegant serving, layer a piece of the herb on top of each glass.
10. Honey-Baked Jam
Dice leftover ham and combine it with fruit to create a savory-sweet spread for biscuits or crackers. Using a food processor, combine the diced ham with cranberries, cherries or your favorite tart berry until the mixture reaches a thick, salsa-like consistency. Add in some honey or brown sugar to taste, and pulse until thoroughly combined.
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