From the turkey to the veggies to the pie, holiday feasts have the building blocks for a perfect after-party dinner that will save you time and gain you raves. Trust us, this is the one time your guests will be fighting over leftovers.
October 13, 2014
1 of 10Gina DeSimone
French Onion Soup With Ham
Classic French onion soup gets a tasty upgrade with leftover ham. Though you might be tempted to add a little sugar to speed up the caramelization of the onions, resist; there are few culinary delights that equal the rich savory-sweet balance of slowly caramelized onions. A dash of sherry cuts through the rich soup with just the right amount of tang.
This has to be the coolest way to serve pie "à la mode." Churn creamy spiced pumpkin pie into a rich custard for an all-in-one ice-cream treat. What a great way to stretch those last couple of slices into a festive new dessert.
3 of 10Photo: Peter Frank Edwards
Chocolate Pecan Pie Truffles
LEFTOVER: Pecan pie
This rich confection is a mash-up of cocoa and pecan pie, plus a little hooch for good measure. Rolling the truffles in dry-roasted almonds adds just the right amount of salty crunch along with each luscious bite.
These flavor-packed pancakes make a fun party appetizer or savory breakfast. Perfectly crisp on the outside and tender on the inside thanks to leftover mashed potatoes, these pancakes get a bonus nutrient boost shredded carrots. Double down on the Asian flavors by topping these pancakes with a dollop of chopped kimchi.
Perfectly tender and fluffy, potato-based gnocchi (mini Italian dumplings) are the perfect way to use up leftover mashed potatoes. This comforting brothy soup gets a boost from spring vegetables and herbs; it would be extra delicious with asparagus or snow peas. Change it up to match the seasons—you can also use leftover mashed sweet potatoes to make the dumplings.
Day-old veggies become irresistible crunchy munching sticks thanks to a coarse breadcrumb coating. Tangy chile dip takes flavors to the spicy edge.
10 of 10Gina DeSimone
Hearty Ham and Cheddar Cornbread Muffins
Outmaneuver your morning fast-food cravings with these savory grab-and-go breakfast muffins. Leftover ham comes to the rescue with day-sustaining protein; equal parts cornmeal and flour yield a not-so-bready muffin with a perfect tender crumb. Make a batch of these on the weekend and save the leftovers for breakfast all week long.