Holiday parties mean holiday leftovers. While we all love a well-cooked meal, the days of it staying in favor are pretty limited. These unconventional leftovers breathe new life into food you may have lost your taste for, reducing food waste and expanding your recipe repertoire. You may like these well enough that you’ll cook them more than once a year—with or without the leftovers in the fridge!
This homemade turkey soup recipe creates a full flavored meal in a bowl without lots of turkey, which is perfect if your bird was pretty well picked over at dinner. Save the bones and get ready for a hearty broth laced with vegetables and rice. This recipe calls for a can of cream of chicken soup, but you don’t really need it if you’re a homemade purist; just pull about a quarter cup of broth out of the soup, mix it with two to three tablespoons of flour, and then pour it back into the soup to help thicken it as needed.
Samosas are triangular hand pies filled with an assortment of flavors. In this case, it’s all the best food from your holiday party. A great mix is shown in this leftover turkey samosa recipe, which takes pie dough, potatoes and turkey and tops it with mango chutney before sealing the edges and baking it in the oven. Great for a portable snack or lunch, samosas give you the best of your full dinner plate in the palm of your hand.
If you are like some people, though, the best way to use the leftovers is to change them into something completely different. This leftover turkey Bolognese recipe definitely fits that bill, and allows shredded turkey to take on a completely different role. Just make sure to add basil leaves and marinara sauce to your grocery list (those are the only two ingredients you may not have stocked in your pantry or fridge).
If you have at least two cups of sweet potato casserole leftover, you owe it to give this sweet potato and sausage soup a try. Using pantry stables and a pound of smoked sausage, this soup transforms a holiday standard into a tradition of all its own.
Note: If you made your sweet potato casserole with marshmallows, you’ll need to remove the topping before adding it to the soup.
A typical holiday meal and its typical holiday leftovers are filled with creamy, carby-y, meaty madness. Before long, something spicy and saucy starts to sound amazing. That’s where this turkey enchilada recipe comes in. While there is still plenty of rich cheese, there are also several vegetables (which you can feel good about), and you can toss in a can of black beans if you don’t have enough turkey to go around.
Which one of these is on your list for next time?