Wow, Christmas ham or turkey goes a lot farther than that one dinner, doesn’t it? You feed eight people and there’s enough ham left over for a week of meals, but who wants to eat repeats of that dinner over and over?
What to do? Here are a few suggestions for dealing with that leftover food in your fridge:
- Ham –
- Place slices in small freezer bags and freeze to use for another supper meal in a couple weeks.
- Make scalloped potatoes and ham.
- Chop up ham and use in omelets
- Mix cubed ham with shredded cheese. Place inside a rolled out canned biscuit. Fold over like a turnover and seal. Bake. Serve with honey for a delicious breakfast.
- Turkey –
- Make a cream gravy and add turkey. Serve over warm biscuits for supper
- Turkey salad – Use this recipe for Chicken salad, substituting turkey. Here’s a version of Hot Chicken Salad that you could also use substitute with turkey.
- Make a Turkey pot pie.
If you have leftover Green Bean Casserole or your creamed corn, you can freeze it! Place the vegetable in small Freezer bags, press flat and freeze as a flat package. It is easier to store in the freezer and also thaws quicker.
Leftover rolls – Use for a baked egg casserole, breakfast sandwich, filled with ham and an egg. They can also be frozen for a week or so.
Leftover cookies, cake or pie – Most all of these can be frozen beautifully, if packaged well. I place mine in tins, covering the inside with syran wrap. You could put ice cream between two sugar cookies and make it a specialty ice cream sandwich! Crumble cake layers for a Trifle. You could even mix pie pieces into plain ice cream for an awesome holiday flavor!
Cranberry – Make a salad dressing with it. This is Cranberry Vinaigrette is my favorite!
Make your own Frozen Dinner! Place the individual servings of the meat, potatoes, and veggies in a small disposable tin. Cover well with foil. Freeze. Pop into the oven for the best kind of “frozen dinner” ever!
You spent lots of time and money on that meal; utilize it; don’t toss it!
How do you make wise use of Christmas leftovers?
Refresh those leftovers by “reinventing them into something delicious!