Christmas Leftovers- What to do with them?

The holidays are finally over, the family has left your home, you have a ton of house cleaning to do, and leftovers have taken over your fridge. Christmas Time is one of the best times of the year; filled with family, friends, good food, and holiday cheer! However, the holidays can also get very exhausting; catering to your family, friends, wrapping presents, and hosting holiday parties at your home.

Most people are probably pretty relieved the holidays are over and they can get back into the groove of things. With all those leftovers in the fridge, you can only take so many turkey sandwiches. We need to find ways to switch things up, without throwing out all that decedent food. And these ideas are the perfect thing! If you want some ideas with what to do with all those leftovers, look no further!

Turkey and Stuffing Meatballs

Turn leftover turkey and stuffing into… Stuffing Meatballs!! Quick, easy, and delicious the next day! Dip in leftover gravy or cranberry sauce. Your children will love these meatballs.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound turkey
  • 2 cups of left over stuffing
  • 1 egg
  • 1 TBLS olive oil

Steps:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • In a large bowl mix together turkey, stuffing, and egg. Mix until well combined
  • Roll into 1 inch meatballs
  • Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add meatballs and brown slightly
  • Remove and place on a baking sheet. Back for 10-15 minutes until the meatballs are cooked through
  • Serve with gravy or cranberry sauce for dipping

Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Marshmallow Frosting

Turn one of your favorite side dishes into a popular desert. Moist spiced sweet potato cupcakes topped with marshmallow frosting are a great and quick desert to use up some of your leftover sweet potatoes.

Ingredients:

Cupcakes

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour*
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/3 cups Brown Sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 6 oz. sweet potato, cooked and mashed
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk

Frosting

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter softened
  • 1 jar (7oz) marshmallow fluff
  • 3 cups Imperial Powdered Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup milk

*Spoon & Sweep method: Use a spoon to fill measuring cup with flour until required amount is obtained. Scooping measuring cup directly into flour bag will firmly pack flour resulting in too much flour required for recipe.

Steps:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Prepare a 12-cup muffin tin with liners.
  • In a large bowl combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.  Set aside.
  • In bowl of an electric mixer beat mashed sweet potato and brown sugar together, until well blended.  Add eggs, vanilla extract, canola oil and buttermilk.  With mixer on low, slowly add flour mixture, until just combined.  Turn mixer to medium and beat until well combined, about 30 seconds.
  • Scoop batter into prepared muffin tin.  Fill about 2/3rd of the way full.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes until a tester comes out clean. Remove from oven, and cool for 5 minutes before removing cupcakes to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • To prepare frosting beat together butter and marshmallow fluff until well combined.  Add powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk.  Beat on high until light and fluffy.  Adjust milk as necessary to get desired consistency.
  • Once cupcakes are completely cool, top with frosting.

Mashed Potato Soup

We always seem to have a lot of meat leftovers, but somehow it seems like our mashed potatoes have a mind of their own! This easy slow cooker left over mashed potato soup recipe is a favorite. This is a super easy soup that will keep you out of the kitchen but still give you something hearty and warm during these cold winter days.

Ingredients:

  • ½ pound leftover mashed potatoes
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 can condensed cream of chicken soup + 3 cans of water

Steps:

  • In a slow cooker, add mashed potatoes, milk, and condensed chicken soup + water
  • Stir will on high for 2 hours
  • Before serving, use a blender to make the soup more smooth
  • Serve soup warm with bacon, chives, and any other of your favorite potato soup toppings.

Sources:

Sweet C Designs (www.sweetcdesigns.com)

Imperial Sugar (www.imperialsugar.com)

Dinners, Dishes, and Deserts (www.dinnersdishesanddeserts.com)

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