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Holiday Leftovers Done Right

Food waste is an issue in the home kitchen, and after the holidays are over the leftovers can still be lingering.

Thinking of creative ways to put a new spin on what’s left can be money saving and can also offer a new experience for the tastebuds.

Cranberries are a seasonal favorite, but sometimes cranberry sauce gets left by the bowlful, as its rich and tart taste goes a long way. For a neat way to use fresh or cooked cranberries, a homemade liqueur updates a French cocktail classic called cranberry kir royale. After cranberries steep in the concoction of alcohol, sparkling wine and sugar, it is ready for a taste test and cheers all around.

Holiday Leftovers Done Right

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Appetizers sneak in bite sized amounts of surplus portions, and are perfect for using up relish tray items, cheeses and cut produce. Top crackers, bread or bruschetta with pairings like marinated olives and feta or place other additions on like chopped tomatoes, scallions and olive oil and serve while warm.

Holiday Leftovers Done Right

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Without resorting to a standby casserole, for using up savory dishes a strata or pot pie can be made with excess meats, gravies and vegetables to make another hearty meal. Soups are another tricky way to use up leftovers and sneak in extra servings of vegetables. This tortilla soup recipe does both and can be made vegetarian.

Holiday Leftovers Done Right

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Sandwiches are ideal for using what’s in the fridge and pantry, and simple picks like leftovers plus apple and cheddar are easy ways to add flavor.

Holiday Leftovers Done Right

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Excess rice can be flavored a new way for a completely different taste, like giving plain rice a kick and turning it into Spanish rice.

Indulging in sweets over the holidays can make those last bits of pies and other sugary delicacies hard to look at. This recipe for pie dough cookies uses up all leftover pie dough and other trimmings and combined with sugar, butter and cinnamon they make perfect cut out cookies. Kids can help cut them out into shapes before baking and sprinkle on extra cinnamon sugar after they are finished. These can be frozen and taken out as needed. Also, muffins and other cookies can be crumbled and combined into new desserts or used as a topping.

Holiday Leftovers Done Right

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For a delectable cake that is actually made from cookies, Prince William’s Chocolate Biscuit Cake would be a fun way to use up all of those holiday cookies. This recipe calls for tea biscuits or sugar cookies, but any substitution would work.

Holiday Leftovers Done Right

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Turning leftovers into new cocktails, appetizers, main courses, side dishes and desserts cuts down on food waste, and lets you get the most from your holiday dollar.

Delish and Food.com have 100’s more recipes that incorporate leftovers.

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