What To Do With Holiday Leftovers
Instead of four nights of ham and mashed potatoes, try one of these recipes to use up leftover holiday foods.
Leftovers from all the get-togethers this week? Here's a few ideas for using up leftover ham, roast beef, and other holiday foods.
- Quiche Lorraine: A classic recipe, and with good reason.
- Eggs Benedict: Another classic breakfast food.
- Ham and Cheese Bread: Bread flecked with ham and cheese that's hearty enough for breakfast.
- Croque-monsieurs: A croque-monsieur is a hot, grilled ham and cheese sandwich. Spread some mustard and butter on your favorite sliced bread, add ham and Swiss cheese, then place under the broiler until cheese begins to melt and bread begins turning golden brown. Mix it up by adding pineapple, tomatoes, or (after removing from broiler) a fried egg.
- Lentils with Ham and Onion: I love lentils. And I especially love lentils with bacon and onion, which add a great depth of flavor to the legumes. I imagine that ham would work well in place of bacon (after all, it's the same animal, right?), so here's my recipe for lentils with bacon and onion. Substitute ½ cup of diced ham for the bacon, and just cook in the skillet until it's warmed through (you may need to add a little butter to cook the onions).
- Cheesy Baked Penne: Pasta with cheese and ham for an easy weeknight entree.
- Ham and Lentil Soup: Similar to my recipe for lentils with ham and onions, but in soup form. This recipe also utilizes the ham bone and extra veggies you might have laying around.
- Beef & Barley Soup: An easy beef and barley soup that uses already-cooked roast beef chopped into pieces-- and a great wintry staple food you can freeze and use later.
- Roast Beef Quesadillas: Loaded with pepper jack cheese, red peppers and red onion.
- BBQ Roast Beef and Cheddar Sandwich: An Arby's-inspired sandwich utilizing leftover roast beef.
- Fish Tacos: Fish tacos sound a little strange, but they are light, flavorful and healthy. I made these for skeptical friends and they were a big hit; they also might be a welcome change of pace from the heavier dishes at this time of year. Heat through leftover fish, top with lime juice and cilantro, then prepare tacos according to instructions.
- Spicy Whitefish Stew: Follow recipe directions, but only simmer for a few minutes, so flavors meld. (You can easily substitute other kinds of fish.)
- Or, spice up your fish with Pineapple Mango Salsa, Avocado Mango Salsa, or Blueberry Sauce.
- Potato Rolls: Potato bread fan? Try making potato rolls from your leftover mashed potatoes.
- Shepherd's Pie: Another classic winter dish. Scroll down for meat filling recipe (and spruce up your mashed potatoes with her add-ins, if desired).
- Potato Pancakes: For enough mashed potato pancakes for two, you'll want two cups cold mashed potatoes, 1/4 c. flour, and 2 tablespoons butter, oil or bacon grease for frying. Form the mashed potatoes into inch-thick patties, then coat with flour. Heat fat in skillet until very hot, then add patties and cook until nicely browned on both sides, about 3-4 minutes per side.