Holiday Leftovers – Recipes for Leftover Turkey and Ham

Leftovers – some people love them, some people hate them. If you are tired of the same old recipes for your Thanksgiving leftovers, here are some fresh new Thanksgiving leftover recipe tips to help you use up those turkey and ham leftovers in the days following Thanksgiving. Ham and strawberry waffles, courtesy of Hormel FoodsDepending on your family’s traditions, you might also enjoy these recipes with your Christmas dinner leftovers.

Joan Hanson, test kitchen director of Hormel Foods, shares a number of leftover tips for what to do with your leftover Thanksgiving turkey or Christmas ham (or vice versa). Her recipe suggestions for holiday leftovers are great for brunch, lunch, dinner, or just a snack.

Joan’s Quick and Easy Recipe Ideas for Thanksgiving Ham Leftovers:

After the meal, cut the ham in cubes for easy use the next day.

•    Toss cubed ham into potato, pasta or bean salads—a surprise sure to receive compliments.
•    Top toasted French bread slices with shaved HORMEL® CURE 81® ham, thinly sliced pear, and thinly sliced Fontina cheese. Broil 1 to 3 minutes to melt the cheese and watch them disappear.

Ham and strawberry waffles, courtesy of Hormel FoodsJoan’s Quick and Easy Recipe Ideas for Thanksgiving Turkey Leftovers:

After the meal, cut the turkey into cubes or strips for easy use the next day.

•    Add cubed turkey to alfredo sauce and serve linguini pasta with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese
•    Create a day after Thanksgiving sandwich by spreading cranberry sauce on toasted bread slices and topping with warm turkey, mashed potatoes and stuffing.  Cap it off with a drizzle of gravy over the top.
•    Toss cubed turkey, grapes, almonds, and celery with mayo.  Pile turkey salad high on bread or a croissant.
•    Create a fast and easy snack / appetizer by placing cubes of turkey and cheese on skewers.  Serve with a barbecue, honey mustard, or Asian dipping sauce.

Life Love Beauty Recipe Suggestions for Thanksgiving Leftovers

•    Make a homemade Stromboli or Calzone and add in your leftover ham or turkey, sliced thinly, with some cheese.

•    Mix the small scraps of turkey and some gravy and then cut up the leftover pieces of turkey and add to the mixture for delicious hot turkey sandwiches.

•    Make homemade turkey soup or split pea soup. Use a family recipe or look online for one that sounds yummy.

About the Expert:
Joan Hanson is the test kitchen director of Hormel Foods. Visit Hormel Foods online at

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