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Holiday Clearance: Christmas Leftover Recipes

christmas leftover recipesWe tend to overdo everything when it comes to the holidays, and that includes the food. When you’re entertaining, no one wants to come up short, so there are usually copious leftovers after Christmas dinner. But that’s a good thing!  Having leftovers means your next few meals will be a snap, since you’re starting with already-cooked key ingredients that seamlessly transform into new dishes. Whether you’ve got extra roast beef, turkey, or even mashed potatoes, there are plenty of recipes that will completely transform your ingredients.


So don’t serve roast beef twice! Cube it up and add it to thick vegetable stew, or shred it and create a hearty beef shepherd’s pie. Got leftover turkey? Use to it make cheesy enchiladas or a speedy tetrazzini. Even mashed potatoes find a second life — formed into pancakes and lightly fried, they make a fantastic side dish for pork chops. This year, don’t default to sandwiches: Use your leftovers wisely, and you’ll have easy-to-make meals that feel new all over again.





christmas leftover recipesShredded Beef Shepherd’s Pie

Use up the rest of the delicious roast beef in this robust shepherd’s pie.







christmas leftovers recipesTurkey Enchiladas

Have a Mexican-themed celebration with these turkey enchiladas — a great way to finish off that extra turkey.






christmas leftovers recipesSpinach, Turkey and Wild Rice Soup

This hearty wild-rice soup is an unexpected use of leftover Christmas turkey







christmas leftover recipesPork Chops & Cheesy Potato Pancakes

Leftover mashed potatoes are transformed into cheesy fried pancakes.









christmas leftovers recipesGreen Bean Soup

Green beans take on a new life in this vegetarian soup.







christmas leftovers recipesBrisket and Bean Chili

Bean chili made with leftover brisket is perfect for casual post-holiday get-togethers.







christmas leftover recipesNacho Chicken Casserole 

If you roasted a chicken for the holiday feast, use up the extras in this easy — and cheesy — nacho casserole.





christmas leftover recipesHurry-Up Beef-Vegetable Stew

Cubes of leftover roast beef are the perfect centerpiece in this chunky vegetable stew.







christmas leftover recipesBeef and Cheese Melts

These easy-to-make sandwiches are family-friendly — and a great use of leftover roast beef.







christmas leftover recipesSpeedy Turkey Tetrazzini

Everyone loves turkey tetrazzini!









Got more leftovers than you know what to do with? Check out all our leftover turkey, ham, and roast beef recipes!





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