Making the Best of Holiday Leftovers

After the holiday season ends, one may find their fridge and freezer full of the same leftover food for weeks. This can be boring and repetitive, so here are some simple and delicious ways to transform your leftovers into something fun and unique that the whole family can enjoy.


Potato Cakespotato-cakes2

2 cups of mashed potatoes (Approximately)

1 large egg

¼ cup of flour (Optional)

½ cup of onion/chives/cheese (Optional)


Mix all ingredients together with any additional seasoning, or optional ingredients and make sure the batter is not too thin. Preheat skillet on a low heat and add a couple tablespoons of cooking oil, or crisco. Form ¼ cup of batter into a thin patty (about ½” in thickness) using your hands. Fry in pan one at a time, browning both sides. The inside should be fluffy with a golden brown crust on the outside. Makes approximately 10 cakes.



Stuffin’ Muffins/ Waffles


3 cups of pre-cooked stuffingstuffin-muffins-2

1 cup of turkey, ham, or chicken

¼ lb of spinach or leftover vegetables (optional)

5 large eggs

2 tbs milk or cream

¼ tsp salt/pepper


Preheat oven to 350°F and either coat a muffin tin very well with non-stick spray, oil, etc., or line the tin with baking paper cups. Combine stuffing, meat, and vegetables; stirring lightly to avoid separation of the mixture. Divide mixture evenly in all cups and pack loosely. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, salt and pepper. Divide mixture to all 12 cups, filling each to ½ to ¾ full. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the top is slightly brown and crispy. Top with leftover gravy or cranberry sauce. Makes 12 muffins.




4 cups of pre-cooked stuffing

2 large eggs

¼ cup of chicken or turkey stock (Use as needed)

¼ tsp salt/pepper


Preheat waffle machine and grease well with cooking spray, oil, crisco, etc. Scoop half of the mixture and spread evenly across the surface. Don’t open machine until you are notified to do so by the machine itself, otherwise the shape will be lost and it will be unevenly cooked. Top with leftover gravy, or cranberry sauce. Makes 2 waffles.



Savory Cream Cheese Piessavory-cream-cheese-pies

One 8oz package of room temperature cream cheese

One 8oz can of 8 Pillsbury crescent dinner rolls

1 cup precooked turkey, ham, or chicken

¼ cup chives or shredded cheese (Optional)


Preheat oven to 350°F. Combine Cream cheese and precooked meat with any additional ingredients together in a large bowl. Open the can of crescent rolls, put two of the triangles together to form a square, and place them on a baking sheet (Makes 4 squares). Distribute the mixture evenly among each of the crescent squares. Take the corners and edges and pinch them together at the top of each of the pies. Make sure they are completely sealed, otherwise the mixture will seep out of the edges. Bake for 15 minutes, or until the tops are slightly brown and the center is heated through. Makes 4 pies.




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