9 Ways to Use Up Holiday Leftovers

Food took center stage this week, or, ideally, shares some of the limelight with family and friends. Which we’re all about here because, well, you know. Food and friends, right?

As is often the case, any major cooking endeavor presents that inevitable day-after challenge: We want to make sure there’s enough for everyone but that usually means leftovers. What to do with all that good food?

We’re here to tell you not to fear the excess. Whether you have extra turkey, mashed potatoes, green veggie sides, stuffing, or even wine (!), this roundup of recipes may just have you planning and hoping for leftovers.

One Roasted Chicken, Three Different Meals. All these ideas work with leftover roasted turkey, and frankly, we’d roast a slightly larger turkey just to have more of those BLT sandwiches.

Creative Ways to Use Leftover Pumpkin Puree. Sommer covers the whole gamut: sweet, savory, even drinks!

Leftover Stuffing, 3 Ways. Stuffing for breakfast? Why not!

Brown Rice Power Bowl. Got leftover turkey? Leftover roasted veggies? Extra salad ingredients? Make yourself a nice, healthy power bowl! Bonus points if you whip up a dressing with some leftover cranberry sauce. And healthy means you can feel good about having that slice of leftover pie.

Mashed Potato and Wild Rice Stuffed Mushrooms. We’d make extra mashed potatoes just to have a reason to serve these.

5 Ways to Use Leftover Wine. Yes, we know. Leftover wine is a rare phenomenon. But if you have lots of guests with different wine preferences, or when all that good food finally induces mass napping, you might be left with a few unfinished bottles.

Turkey and Biscuits Casserole with Lemon and Dill. Move over pot pie, there’s a new casserole in town. It’s enough to make you want to buy turkey anyway even if you aren’t hosting!

Pinwheel Sandwiches for Lunch Boxes. Put those leftovers to good use in school and work lunches after the long holiday. Dara has some great ideas here to get you started.

3 Easy Shredded Chicken Meals. Mmmm. Imagine that leftover turkey in a red curry and carrot bowl. Or enchilada tostadas. Yes, please!

Don’t these ideas from our contributors look incredible? Leftovers never had it so good! So go ahead and cook a little extra if you must. It just means you’ll have the makings of a few additional meals after the holiday!

Article by PW Food & Friends