Waste less, enjoy more: 20 things you can do with holiday leftovers

Turn Your Thanksgiving Leftovers Into a Game-Day-Ready Dip
The holidays are a time of joy, love, laughter, and most importantly -- GOOD FOOD. From stuffing, to turkey, to a huge variety of desserts, there are so many yummy eats when the holidays come around. Luckily for us, they're here! Some of our favorite days of celebration are right around the corner and we know you're going to be in the kitchen whipping up something fabulous for family and friends.

But something we know for certain about these special meals is that there will definitely be leftovers! While you're probably sick of eating leftover turkey and stuffing sandwiches after Thanksgiving, why not take things up a notch? There are plenty of delicious things you can do with leftovers that will make you feel like the holidays are everyday.

So, if you're wondering what to do with all those tasty after-holiday goodies, we've got the answer.

1. Creamy Ham Casserole

2. Broccoli and Cheese Bites

3. Turkey Frame Soup

4. Skillet Turkey Stew

5. Chocolate Potato Cookies

6. Mashed Potato Casserole

7. Cranberry Cobbler

Click through below for delicious casseroles to make for the holidays:
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Waste less, enjoy more: 20 things you can do with holiday leftovers

No. 1: Roasted Cauliflower Broccoli Pasta Bake with White Cheddar

Crispy pancetta is folded into a creamy white cheddar cheese sauce, with roasted cauliflower and broccoli. Stir in al dente pasta and top with crunchy, buttery bread crumbs.

Photo credit: Rachael Ray Show

No. 2: Clodagh McKenna's Shepherd’s Pie with Colcannon Topping

This rich yet nutritious Shepherd’s Pie will please the whole famly. Clodagh makes a quadruple batch, freezes three-fourths, and eats the rest the night she makes it.

Photo credit: Rachael Ray Show

No. 3: Chipotle Chicken Nacho Casserole

Who doesn’t love nachos? Rachael “tiles” her chips, smoky chipotle chicken, and cheese so that the ingredients are well distributed, heats, and then tops with salsa, jalapenos and sour cream. Nothing wrong with any of that!

Tip: Make your life easier and give yourself more time to watch the games by using a pre-cooked supermarket rotisserie chicken!

Photo credit: Rachael Ray Show

No. 4: Cookie Monster’s Sausage and Zucchini Strata

This delicious casserole features layers of bread, zucchini, sausage and cheese. Even better – tell your kids that Cookie Monster invented it and they’ll be glad to eat it, and might even want to help make it!

Photo credit: Rachael Ray Show

No. 5: Zucchini, Tomato, Potato Pie

This delish veggie entrée is composed of layered tomatoes, zucchini and potatoes with herbs and olive oil, topped with a cheese-y breadcrumb crust. Our stomachs are rumbling just thinking about it!

Photo credit: Rachael Ray Show

No. 6: Carbonara Mac ‘n Cheese Soufflé and Spring Salad

Want carbonara AND mac and cheese? Why choose, when you can have both! And what a dish this is, with the mac and cheese being suspended in a fluffy soufflé.

Photo credit: Rachael Ray Show

No. 7: Tuna Casserole Recipe

This classic Tuna Casserole recipe is a throwback! Sliced, white button mushrooms are browned and added with onion, garlic cloves, celery, dry Sherry, fresh bay and thyme. We stir in super-wide egg noodles to the savory mixture. Then top with grated gruyere cheese, Parmigiano-Reggiano, bread crumbs and parsley.

Photo credit: Rachael Ray Show

No. 8: David Venable's Cheesy Cheeseburger Casserole

Love boxed hamburger kits but want to make it yourself and know exactly what fresh ingredients are going into it? Try this Cheesy Cheeseburger Casserole? Yep! In a large skillet, we heat ground beef, onions, tomato sauce and seasonings. Mix in pasta, ricotta, sour cream, bell peppers and scallions. Then heavily sprinkle cheddar and mozzarella cheese until it’s bubbly and brown.

Photo credit: Rachael Ray Show

No. 9: Buffalo Chicken Potato Casserole

This mouth-watering casserole is definitely a treat! You just layer rotisserie chicken and potatoes, with a delish buffalo bechamel sauce and cheese! Delish!

Photo credit: Rachael Ray Show


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