Holidays usually mean that families prepare and serve a large number of dishes. This is the day most people look forward to enjoying delicious meals with the entire family without a worry in the world. No matter how much you stuff yourselves, though, there are always leftovers. The funny thing about leftover meals is they often taste better than they did the first day. Leftovers can be put together to make a wide variety of new recipes that you can enjoy with your family all week.
However, in order to be able to enjoy leftovers for up to a week in different, delicious forms, some steps need to be taken. Let’s take a look at these steps so that you can make the most of your holiday leftovers this year:
After enjoying a huge meal, if you do not want all that work to go to waste, you should think of storing the leftovers immediately so they can be used up in the coming days. Make sure you have containers at hand for different dishes so that you can keep everything organized. Make sure you freeze all the holiday leftovers that you do not plan on using in the coming week so you can use them at a later date.
Use leftover ham to flavor your eggs by chopping it up and adding it to the pan while the eggs are still wet, along with a handful of vegetables and cheese, to make a scrumptious post-holiday breakfast.
Leftover Ham Pasta and Soup
You can also add leftover turkey to soups that the entire family can enjoy. Add it to store-bought pasta sauce to enjoy with noodles or your favorite pasta.
Leftover Ham Sandwiches
You can make sandwiches from leftover turkey or ham by piling large slices over fresh bread and then adding cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, mayonnaise, or other favorite toppings.
Leftover Ham Mashed Potatoes
You can also add ham to boiled-and-mashed potatoes for a delicious side-dish that can be enjoyed with eggs or casserole.
The vegetables you have prepared for the holiday meal can also be used in many different ways, such as in eggs, ham sandwiches, soups, casseroles and pasta.
Leftover pizza is one of the most-loved post-holiday meals. Simply take store-bought dough or create your own crust and spread pizza sauce or gravy on it. Then top it with chopped leftover ham as well as leftover veggies and sprinkle it with cheese. Bake it for 25 minutes or until done and wait for the delicious aroma to bring every family member into the kitchen.
The ways leftovers can be used are only limited by your creativity. It is recommended that you keep a diary or notebook with all the holiday leftovers recipes that can be whipped out during any holiday. After the next holiday, your family can look forward to enjoying delicious meals all week instead of only for a day!