Transform your holiday leftovers into dazzling new dishes and give yourself the night off.
Leftover Mashed Potatoes: Latkes
Looking for new ways to use your holiday leftovers? Check out these satisfying dishes, starting with latkes. Latkes are often
made with shredded potatoes, but these vegetable and dill-flavored potato cakes are made with mashed potatoes. The recipe
gives instruction for making the mashed potatoes, but if you have some in the refrigerator, just add the zucchini and leek
to what you have. You'll need about 4 cups of mashed potatoes.
Shepherd's pie was originally created as an economical way to use the leftovers from the Sunday dinner roast. It's a savory
pie of cooked ground or diced meat that's mixed with vegetables and topped with mashed potatoes, so you can use not only your
leftover meat but your potatoes as well. The recipe calls for a 16-ounce package of frozen mashed potatoes, which is about
Samosas are a popular and filling snack in India, and this recipe uses up your leftover mashed potatoes and other veggies
like onion, carrots, and peas. Traditionally samosas are fried, but this recipe keeps the fat content down by baking them.
Leftover potatoes, peas, and ham are the base for this hearty, comforting soup. To acheive the crusty dinner roll "croutons",
place the soup in broiler-safe bowls and top with rolls and cheese; broil in the oven for a few minutes until the cheese melts.
However, if you don't have broiler-safe bowls simply place the roll pieces on a baking sheet, sprinkle with cheese, broil
for 3 minutes or until golden brown, and then top the soup.
In this colorful version of a traditional shepherd's pie, mashed sweet potatoes are used for the topping instead of regular
mashed potatoes. For the filling, use any onion or celery that you may not have needed in your dressing.
Use up your leftover turkey and sweet potatoes in this family-friendly dish. Instead of sauce, smooth mashed sweet potatoes
onto pizza dough and top with shredded turkey, onions, mushrooms, spinach, and Havarti cheese. You can also substitute the
Havariti Monterey Jack.
Leftover Turkey and Cranberry Sauce: Turkey Tostadas
Top toasted tortillas (tostadas) with a mixture of turkey, red bell pepper, poblano pepper, black beans, queso fresco and
cilantro. To really put these tostadas over the top, drizzle on a sauce made from your leftover cranberry sauce and chipotle
pepper. You'll need 3 cups of leftover turkey and 1 cup leftover whole-berry cranberry sauce.
If you bought one too many cans of mashed pumpkin for your pies, or if you just happen to have a partial can remaining, use
it in these sweet and spicy muffins. The brown sugar topping makes them extra-special.
A hearty vegetable soup is a common way to use up all your leftover veggies. This recipe calls for a 32-ounce bag of frozen
mixed vegetables with peas, carrots, green beans, and lima beans, but you can use 8 cups of any vegetables that you have on
hand. If you have fewer veggies on hand, you can half this recipe and get 9 cups of soup instead of 18.
The key to great strata is sturdy, dense bread, so leftover bread is perfect. This recipe calls for sourdough bread, but use
whatever you have. Because it also contains chopped ham, this strata does double duty for "repurposing" leftover holiday food.
Make it ahead and serve for brunch or a light supper.
If you made a few batches of cornbread for your dressing but didn't use it all, make a bread salad to serve with pan-fried
trout. Just cut the cornbread into cubes and bake for about 20 minutes until toasted. Then combine with pumpkin seeds, spices,
kale, lemon juice and vinegar. Spoon the bread salad onto serving plates and top with a trout fillet.
Not only can you use make the most of the remaining pound cake, you can also use any fresh cranberries you may still have
in the freezer. When you're making a trifle, you can actually use any kind of un-iced cake such as pound, angel or a plain
yellow or white cake.
If you have just a little bit of red wine left in the bottle, drink it! Or use it in rich tomato sauce for pasta. This sauce
recipe features plenty of on-hand pantry items such as canned tomatoes, dried herbs, and a package of dry pasta.