Transform your holiday leftovers into dazzling new dishes and give yourself the night off.
Leftover Mashed Potatoes: LatkesLooking 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.
Leftover Mashed Potatoes: Shepherd's PieShepherd'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 2 cups.
Leftover Mashed Potatoes: Vegetable SamosasSamosas 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 Ham, Peas, Dinner Rolls, Potatoes: SoupLeftover 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.
Leftover Sweet Potatoes: Shepherd's PieIn 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.
Leftover Mashed Sweet Potatoes: PancakesWhat better use for a small amount of leftover mashed sweet potato–either fresh or canned–than nutty sweet pancakes? You'll also need a small amount of chopped pecans.
Leftover Turkey and Sweet Potatoes: PizzaUse 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 TostadasTop 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.
Leftover Turkey: Stir-FryTurkey sandwiches are so last year! Top egg noodles with stir-fried mushrooms, vibrant red bell pepper, snow peas, and two cups of your leftover bird.
Leftover Turkey: StewGive your leftover turkey a spicy Mexican makeover when you add it to this hearty soup. Round out the soup with a variety of veggies and top with roasted pumpkin seeds to add a fun, nutty flavor.
Leftover Canned Pumpkin: MuffinsIf 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.
Leftover Vegetables: SoupA 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.
Leftover Green Beans: Mediterranean SaladThis light side dish is a welcome break from heavy holiday food. Combine bulgur and 2 cups of your leftover cooked green beans with the bright flavors of mint, red onions and lemon.
Leftover Fresh Cranberries: Upside-Down CakeIf you've got some fresh cranberries in the freezer, use them as a tangy accent for this tender pumpkin cake. You probably already have some canned pumpkin and walnuts on hand for the holidays.
Leftover Cranberry Sauce: Cranberry Créme BruleeDon't serve all of the cranberry sauce with the turkey–you'll want to save half of the can for this decadent créme brulee.
Leftover Cranberry Sauce: CocktailsThe classic Old Fashioned gets a true holiday twist when you muddle together fresh orange slices and leftover cranberry sauce with bourbon and a dash of bitters.
Leftover Bread: StrataThe 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.
Leftover Cornbread: Cornbread SaladIf 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.
Leftover Pound Cake: TrifleNot 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.
Leftover Red Wine: Pasta SauceIf 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.
Leftover Green Bean Casserole: SandwichDon't toss that last bit of green bean casserole. You can use it to make a tasty sandwich instead.
The Best Leftover Turkey Sandwich EverThis crispy, crunchy, savory turkey sandwich will leave you wishing you had leftovers more often.
Cheesy Thanksgiving TamalesYou'll love our genius way to use leftover stuffing, turkey, or sweet potato casserole by turning it into the starchy outer layer of tamales.
Green Bean QuicheWhat's better than a clever new guise for extra green bean casserole (onion topping and all)? One that takes just 5 minutes to mix.
New Turkey TetrazziniLoads of spinach and mushrooms freshen up this classic.
Sweet Potato Casserole HotcakesIf your sweet potato casserole is very sweet, omit the brown sugar in the pancakes. Does yours come with a marshmallow topping? Even better. Simply stir it into your sweet potatoes, and make the recipe as directed.
Sausage-and-Sweet Potato SoupA smart way to repurpose sweet potato casserole, this hearty soup drew rave reviews in our Test Kitchen. If your casserole contains marshmallows, remove them before stirring the casserole into this soup. The flavor will vary depending on your casserole recipe; simply adjust salt and pepper to taste before serving.
Lemongrass-Turkey SoupThe fragrant flavors in this refreshing tonic of a soup are the antidote to a rich Thanksgiving feast. For a heartier spin, serve it over rice or noodles. Can't find fresh lemongrass in the produce section of your supermarket? Try our version that uses Thai ginger-infused chicken broth instead.
Cranberry-Hoisin Turkey BunsLook for frozen Chinese steamed buns at Asian specialty grocery stores. Or, if you'd rather, you can substitute mini pita breads for the buns.
Crispy Green Beans with Sriracha MayoNo leftovers? Sub in a bag of microwaved steamed beans.
Potato Pancakes with SalmonServe pancakes with a dollop of applesauce in place of the fish for a fast meat-free option.
Savory Harvest Vegetable Tart with Toasted Quinoa CrustThe deep flavors of the roasted vegetables pair perfectly with the nutty flavor and crunchy texture of the quinoa crust and the creamy herbed cheese in this tart.
Spicy Turkey Lettuce WrapsIf you are short on time or not so adept with a knife, grate the radishes rather than thinly slicing them into julienne strips.
Cider SangriaIt's fine to make this punch ahead; just hold off on adding the apple cider--which adds bright and effervescent notes--until right before serving.
Buttermilk-Pumpkin Pie Ice CreamSandwich the ice cream between thin chocolate wafers for an easy ice-cream sandwich.
Chocolate Pecan Pie TrufflesWe used our Cooking Light recipe for Maple-Bourbon Pecan Pie to make these truffles, and the nutritional information is based on that pie.