Monday, January 7, 2013

How to Repurpose Holiday Leftovers and Ingredients - #HormelFamily

There's an endless amount of recipes to make during the holiday season but now that the celebrations have come to a close, what will you do with all these leftovers and ingredients taking up space in your pantry and refrigerator?

The following are just a few suggestions that can be found on the recipes page that feature some very common ingredients and leftovers.  Whether you have a surplus of ham and turkey waiting to be enjoyed or common side dishes like potatoes and corn, these recipes are perfect for repurposing them in a creative and delicious way.

Recipe:  Almond Turkey Cups
Leftovers: Turkey

Instead of creating that typical sandwich, utilize your turkey leftovers in a new and creative way by filling CHI-CHI'S 6 inch Fajita Tortillas with a mixture of turkey, veggies and sauces.

Recipe:  Cheesy Ham and Corn Casserole
Leftovers:  Corn, Ham

Combine your leftover corn with chopped Cure 81 Boneless Ham for a delicious, satisfying casserole.  This easy-to-make recipe doesn't require bulky ingredients that will take up even more room in the refrigerator and is perfect for lunch or dinner.

Recipe:  Scalloped Potatoes and Ham
Leftovers:  Potatoes, Ham

Have leftover potatoes that you didn't end up mashing?  Combine them with Cure 81 Boneless Ham and Hormel Real Bacon Pieces for tasty Scalloped Potatoes and Ham.

Additional Tips for Enjoying Leftovers

Get creative with casseroles and pot pies:
A variety of meats, vegetables and starches can be blended together to make a delicious casserole or pot pie, including turkey, green beans and even left over gravy can be incorporated to add extra flavor.

Stews and soup for a school-night dinner:
Stews and soups are simple to make with leftover proteins and vegetables.  Instead of eating right away, freeze them for after the holiday break for a quick and easy school-night dinner.

Don't want to end the celebrations?:
Invite friends and family over for a "Last of the Leftovers" feast.  Everyone can bring the dishes they have in their refrigerators to enjoy while toasting to a successful holiday season.

What's the most common ingredient or dish that you have left over after the holidays?  What's your favorite Hormel Foods product that you used in your holiday meal?  Would you rather not have holiday leftovers, or do you enjoy having a stocked fridge even if it results in repeated meals?

I wrote this post as a participant in the Hormel Foods Extended Family Blogger program.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.


Masshole Mommy said...

Awesome tips. I actually didn't keep any leftovers this year because of my diet, so I sent all my food off with my guests!

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

Usually turkey is my leftover that lasts the longest, but this year I didn't have turkey! lol

Kayla @ TheEclecticElement said...

I love how casseroles and omlettes are just glorified leftovers made new again! Not only that, but they're always so good :)

Fabulous tips to make those tired leftovers new and delicious again!

Nichol said...

I always give out holiday leftovers so can never make stuff after holidays. But those almond turkey cups sound delish!

Yona Williams said...

My leftover recipes have never been too inventive, but the Almond Turkey Cups sounds tasty.

kmcgrew213 said...

thank you i will keep this for future use and reference!