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6 Ways to Repurpose Your Holiday Leftovers

The holidays are always full of memories with loved ones, whether you’re making them virtually this year or safely in person. But, at the end of the day, they may have also filled your fridge with leftovers.

When you’re tired of dry, reheated turkey but aren’t sure what to do with those leftovers, turn to these Pinterest ideas to give new life to your holiday meal.

Leftover Stuffing Waffles

Your leftovers can help you spice up your usual waffle brunch. Simply moisten your leftover stuffing with chicken stock or an egg and place it in the waffle maker. When your stuffing waffle is ready, stack it with some mashed potatoes, turkey and cranberry sauce then drizzle some gravy over the top. It’s like a holiday version of chicken waffles.

Loaded Turkey Panini

Don’t make any old sandwich. Instead, prepare a warm, fresh panini containing only the best ingredients – yours. Make sure to choose a sturdy bread, like a French baguette or Ciabatta, and consider adding some leftover cheese from the charcuterie board to hold it all together. If you don’t have a panini maker, put your cast iron skillet to work to make the ultimate holiday leftovers sandwich.

Holiday Leftovers Pizza

Pizza is probably the last thing on your mind after a traditional holiday meal, but rather than pack everything into separate dishes, pack it all onto a pizza. Simply substitute the pizza sauce with gravy then layer mashed potatoes, cheese, turkey, cranberry sauce (and maybe some veggies) on top for a unique take on pizza. Make it deep-dish style in a pie pan or pile the toppings on a prepared pizza crust.

Turkey Pop Tarts

Completely change up the turkey sandwich routine with this recipe. For this savory pop tart, you can use leftover homemade pie dough (if you have any) or grab an extra tube of prepared pie dough from the grocery store. Pull all of the ingredients together into the dough for a wonderful treat right out of the oven.

Holiday Egg Rolls

For a fun twist on leftovers, stuff the turkey and all your favorite fixin’s, like mashed potatoes or stuffing, inside an egg roll wrapper. Fry up your holiday egg rolls and dip them in cranberry sauce or gravy. You will be happy you did.

Holiday Leftovers Lasagna

One thing that is just as comforting as sharing a holiday meal with loved ones is a hearty slice of lasagna. With the holiday version of this classic dish, you get the best of both worlds. All you have to do is layer all of your favorite leftovers in a casserole dish and bake it together. Leave the mashed potatoes for the final layer so you can top them with cheese.

Of course, you can use pieces of your leftovers in a variety of dishes, such as turkey enchiladas using the main dish or mashed potato croquettes prepared with the star side dish. But if you prefer to use them all in one shot, these ideas have you covered.

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