Meal Preparation for Feast Leftovers

by Emily Shuffield 11/03/2019

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Friendsgiving celebrations, Thanksgiving feasts, holiday parties, Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, New Year's, birthdays, and everything in between; the fact is, the last two months of the year bring an avalanche of holiday get-togethers and foodie extravaganzas. With all the sumptuous feasting and delicious excess come leftovers and the need for a healthy dose of recuperation. 

Fortunately, there are ways to use those leftovers in delicious ways, such as:

  • Meal planning — Map out the coming week and account for every meal using your holiday leftovers. Don't be afraid to get adventurous with where and when you use the different flavors, be they savory or sweet.
  • Think about the days after... before — Flip convention and consider planning your holiday meal based on the leftovers you'll have after. Maybe cooking a surplus of turkey or pork will help you stay on track once the holidays are through, so be sure to prioritize those recipes over others.
  • Store food appropriately — You might even consider investing in some reusable containers, if you haven't already. Perhaps you'll need to clean out your fridge to make room for everything you plan to store. Whatever the case, make sure you have the containers, bags, or other wrapping materials you need in order to seal all leftovers thoroughly and retain freshness.
  • Position and consume based on freshness — The last thing you want is to take something that will go bad in a couple of days and lose it in the depths of your fridge. Put food items that will expire sooner towards the front of your fridge, or if possible store them on the counter.
  • Get creative — Don't fear venturing off the beaten path with how you combine your leftovers. Make waffles out of stuffing, and drizzle some cranberries over turkey to make a holiday riff off chicken and waffles.

Below are a few hand-selected some of our favorite recipes that leverage leftovers into delectable post-holiday meals.

  • Stuffing waffles with fried turkey and cranberry sauce — Really, this is a genius brunch idea that will both wow and amuse your guests while also being super easy to make. Just fire up your waffle press and you'll be good to go! 
  • Potato cakes — A savory snack or dinner side dish that puts mashed potatoes to good use.
  • Roast potato, turkey, sausage, and stuffing pie — Go through a ton of leftovers in one fell swoop with this catchall pie, which is very forgiving in quantities of ingredients and gives you some flexibility in terms of what you can choose to put in.
  • Corned beef sandwiches — Got extra latkes?  Make a corned beef sandwich, and even use an apple and sour cream slaw to finish them off.
  • Brisket pot pie — For a meal that keeps well and can be easily reheated, take brisket leftovers and turn them into a pot pie, shepherd's pie, or other similar cooked dish.
  • Repurpose fruitcake — Yes, even fruitcake can be used up in a whole bunch of ways.

These are only a selection of our favorite recipes, but you can find way more things to do in order to repurpose leftovers—and you can even do this with considerations like vegetarian and vegan dining. Whatever you do, don't waste the leftovers!

 

About the Author
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Emily Shuffield

Dedication | Communication | Trust
I’m dedicated to helping my clients navigate the home buying/selling process as they shift from one chapter to another. This process isn’t just about finding a house, it’s about building a home. The people you’ll meet, the schools you’ll choose, the community you’ll join… this process is so important for so many reasons and ultimately will shape who you become. I’m committed to helping you and your family make the right decisions, provide you with industry expertise and realistic expectations to insure your story has a perfect ending.

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While I am a Colorado Native, I was extremely blessed at a very young age and had the privilege of traveling the world with my dad and sister. In fact, I have traveled to more individual countries around the world than I have states within the US.  Some countries that I have visited; Spain, Italy, Australia, Costa Rica, Scotland, Switzerland, Mexico, England and India.

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