Christmas dinner leftovers are great as they are, well, provided whoever cooked the meal knew what they were doing....
But the realm of possibilities in creating something new to eat with those tasty bites is just about endless!
Don't want to eat anymore Christmas ham as is? No problem, fire up the wok or big skillet and make some ham fried rice. You probably didn't have any rice for Christmas dinner so this is a nice change of pace, along with the flavor of soy sauce or Terriyaki you'll be throwing in that pan as well as a few carrots, celery, onion and perhaps a few other veggies you may have on hand. The great thing about doing up some fried rice is, just about any meat will work. Leftover turkey, pork roast, roast beef all work well in a fried rice.
Some ham & cheese sliders are an easy twist on eating up that Christmas ham. Just use a few of those leftover dinner rolls, warm up the ham, melt some cheese from that cheese tray, dress things up with a nice seasoned mayo, some black pepper, a little garlic perhaps. Try a small spoonful of your favorite rub in a healthy dose of mayo for some extra zip. It's another dose of YUM!
A lot of families have two meats on their Christmas meal menu. If you had a pork roast along with that traditional ham, a Cuban sandwich would be in order. This is one of my favorite grilled and pressed sandwiches, a wonderful combination of those meats, mustard, Swiss cheese and pickles.
For turkey lovers looking to do something a little different with that turkey, try a Louisville Hot Brown sandwich. This is a great open-faced sandwich of sliced turkey on white bread, covered in a Mornay sauce - which amounts to a white sauce with cheese added to it. If you don't feel like making a Mornay, leftover gravy will do nicely! Sprinkle the top of that sandwich with Parmesan cheese then broil it until bubbly! Add some leftover bacon after pulling that sandwich out of the oven and you've got some FANTASTIC comfort food!
Looking for something a little lighter for your next meal? Try a Chef's Salad. In addition to your greens, top your salad with some chunks of turkey or ham. Shred up some cheese, slice up some hard boiled eggs (the whites from deviled eggs will do nicely), scatter on some tomato slices, cucumber, a few croutons perhaps... Salt and pepper to taste, drizzle on some dressing to your liking and you've got a winner, winner, Chef Salad dinner!
And how about a drink? If you have any leftover cranberry sauce, either the canned stuff or scratch made, it doesn't matter.... Make a cranberry martini or a cosmopolitan. Just make sure to strain the cranberry sauce before adding it to your drink - you don't want lumps in your adult beverage!
Martini: Combine vodka, orange liqueur, vermouth, cranberry juice, and ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously to chill. Pour into martini glasses, garnish with cranberries and serve.
Cosmo: Combine vodka, lime juice, triple sec, and cranberry juice in a cocktail shaker. Add ice, cover and shake until chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, garnish with a lime wedge and serve.
So there you have it, some great tasting Christmas leftover ideas!
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