Janet's Notebook
What to Make With Christmas Leftovers


Mashed Potato Bites and Cheesy Dip


As much as my family eats multiple plates of food and leaves the table stuffed, we still seem to have a lot of leftovers after our Christmas dinner. I always tend to make too much ham and mashed potatoes. I make sure to store those in the fridge so I can create something tasty with them the next day.

"A great way to use leftover ham," says Lynne Hawkins (Lusby, MD) of her Potato Soup With Ham recipe.

This is a great basic homemade potato soup that's made even better with the addition of ham. Lynne uses the perfect combination of veggies that give this soup a nice flavor without anything overpowering. Potato is the real star of the soup. Blending some of the vegetable and potato mixture gives the soup a thicker texture without losing the chunks. It was a wonderful consistency. This soup recipe is creamy and perfect for a cold evening.

Bonnie Oechsle's (Haddon Heights, NJ) 3 Cheese Tortelli With Baked Ham Bites will completely reinvent your holiday ham.

"I had a good size piece of ham leftover so I cut it into bite-sized pieces and created this recipe," explains Bonnie. This casserole is creamy, cheesy, and very tasty. The recipe comes together in a snap and the whole family will love it.

Fran Miller (Parkersburg, WV) turned her extras into Jennie's Ham & Cheesy Potatoes Casserole. It's full of flavor and made with very simple ingredients.

"I love holiday leftovers," shares Fran. "This is my daughter Jennie's creation made with leftover ham. She said it is also good with turkey."

The savory ham and cheese pair well the potatoes to make one yummy meal. Sauteing onions adds some sweetness to the recipe and balances the savory ham. The one trick to this recipe is slicing the potatoes on the thin side so they bake quicker.

Gina Collier's (Shelbyville, TN) Leftover Mashed Potato Cornbread brings back so many memories. As a child, I loved potato pancakes and corn cakes. This recipe is a great combination of both of them! A great way to use leftover mashed potatoes (and really easy to make).

"These are so sinful and delicious," thinks Christine Schnepp (Sarasota, FL) of her Mashed Potato Bites and Cheesy Dip recipe. "A recipe I found and tweaked a bit to my family's taste. I also added an easy cheesetastic dipping sauce to the side."

This recipe turns leftover mashed potatoes into something completely new. The mustard and pretzels give these bite-sized treats great taste. And we liked the cheese dip too. Next time we make these, we may add some red pepper flakes to the potatoes to give 'em even more flavor. Great recipe... we couldn't stop eating these!

Try one of these recipes when you're wondering what to do with Christmas leftovers. If you want any more ideas, check out our Christmas 2.0 recipe collection. Happy Pinching!



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Mashed Potato Bites And Cheesy Dip

Mashed Potato Bites and Cheesy Dip

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A recipe I found and tweaked a bit to my families taste. I also added a easy cheese-tastic dipping sauce to the side. These are so sinful and delicious! Enjoy...

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