5 Holiday Leftover Recipes That Aren't Just a Turkey Sandwich

Your day-after options deserve to be just as delicious as the day-of.

Even if you and all your guests stuff youselves silly this Christmas, chances are you’ll have a table full of leftovers at the end of the night. Instead of just forcing everyone to go home with doggie bags—always an option—check out these deliciously unexpected ways to make all your hard work go the distance after the holiday, so you’re not eating cold turkey sandwiches for a week. Again.

1.  Mashed potato biscuits

Mashed potatoes tend to disappear fast, but if you made more than your guests can eat in one night, use the remains to make these fluffy potato biscuits using Whole Food Bellies' easy recipe. Just add whole-wheat flour, butter, baking powder and buttermilk, and throw in some chives to add extra flavor.

2.  Cuban sandwich

Served up an impressive crown roast at your holiday feast? Make an equally impressive Cuban sandwich with the leftover roast pork. Check out food blogger Maggie Unzueta's recipe at In Mama Maggie's Kitchen.

3.  Turkey shepherd's pie

Casseroles are the perfect way to finish off a bunch of leftovers at once, and the ultra-comfort-food-classic shepherd's pie is a deliciously unexpected use for the meat, mashed potatoes and even vegetables sitting in your fridge the next day. This British “farmer's pie” from The Artisan Food Trail is made with leftover turkey. Note that the recipe includes swede, a turnip-like veggie that's more common in British cuisine.

4.  Ham and cheese egg casserole

Repurpose that ham dinner with this rich ham-and-cheese egg casserole for breakfast or brunch the next day. The recipe from Closet Cooking can feed a crowd, so it's ideal if you have a lot of overnight guests visiting.

5.  Sweet potato oatmeal

Chef Daven Wardynski of Omni Hotels has this simple but classy idea for using leftover sweet potatoes: Mix them in with your morning oatmeal and top with pecans and dried cranberries. No recipe required. Doesn’t get much easier or tastier than that.

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