Using Christmas Leftovers and New Year’s Recipes

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Using Christmas Leftovers - New Year's Recipes

Using Christmas Leftovers and New Year’s Party Recipes!

Leftover and Holiday Party Tips:

Instead of a menu this week, here are some extra recipes to use those Christmas dinner leftovers and other holiday leftovers and also some dips to serve at your New Year’s get together.

  • This is an unexpected canape and a handy little finger food.
    • Roll about 1 teaspoon full your favorite cream cheese dip into a ball. Press it between two walnut halves. Lay on a platter to serve.
  • Save dry cereal odds and ends to add to your Chex mix when you make it.
  • Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting it in the fridge. It will keep much longer.



Sheala’s Ham and Noodles Recipe
(For Using Leftover Ham)

1 (8 oz.) pkg. egg noodles, cooked
1/2 lb. ham, chopped
1 can (10 3/4 oz.) cream of chicken soup
1 cup Cheddar cheese, grated

Mix first three ingredients together in a casserole dish and bake at 350° for 20 minutes until warmed. Top with cheese and bake an additional 5 minutes or until cheese melts. Serves 4.

You may add 1 package of any vegetable.


Cheesy Mashed Potatoes Recipe
(For Using Leftover Mashed Potatoes)

3-4 cups mashed potatoes
4 oz. cream cheese, softened in microwave
1 clove of garlic or 1 tsp. garlic powder, to taste
1 cup Mexican cheese blend, shredded

Mix potatoes, cream cheese and garlic and place in a 1 quart greased baking dish. Sprinkle with cheese and place under broiler for 3-4 minutes until cheese is melted.


Eggnog Pound Cake Recipe

2 Tbsp. margarine
2/3 cup sliced almonds

Grease Bundt or tube pan with margarine and press almonds into sides and bottom


1 package yellow cake mix
3 Tbsp. margarine, melted
1 1/2 cups eggnog
2 eggs
1/8 tsp. nutmeg

Beat everything together until smooth. Pour into prepared pan and bake at 350° for 40-50 minutes, until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack.


David’s Favorite Dip

1 jar Kraft Old English cheese spread
1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup nuts, chopped

Mix ingredients. Roll into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap. Most of the time we just mix it and serve in a bowl without wrapping it. Serve with chips.


Blue Cheese Dip (Jill’s favorite)

1 stick butter (not margarine), softened
1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
2 oz. crumbled blue cheese
1/2 small package (2-3 Tbsp.) slivered almonds, toasted*
2 Tbsp. chopped ripe olives

Mix everything. Chill. If you want to make a ball or log then save out the almonds and roll it in them.

*To toast your almonds lay them on foil or a pan and heat in a 400° oven until brown. Watch carefully.

Serve with chips.


This dip tastes like some very expensive ones that you can buy pre-made and is a perfect holiday recipe! Be sure to use dried herbs and not powdered. Dried herbs are the bigger flakes that haven’t been ground fine.

Herb Dip

1 clove garlic, crushed or garlic powder
2 (8 oz.) pkgs. cream cheese, softened
1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine
1 tsp. dried oregano
1/4 tsp. each of dried basil, dill weed, marjoram, thyme,

Blend all ingredients together. This will keep in the refrigerator for 1 week or in the freezer for 3 months.


Here’s a recipe for you fruit lovers! It’s a great recipe to make to use all of those fruit plate Christmas leftovers!

Cinnamon Sour Cream

1/4 cup sour cream
2 tsp. sugar
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
Dash of nutmeg

Mix and serve with fresh fruit. You can use this as a fruit salad dressing. too. If used as a dressing, then you can use canned fruit and garnish with coconut and/or toasted chopped almonds or nuts.



  1. Pat in Kitchener says

    Just wanted to wish you and your family a wonderful stress free Christmas!
    Thank You for a year of helpful hints, and great simple recipies like these ones for leftovers.
    Looking forward to your newsletters again in the New Year.

  2. says

    Hi, and Merry Christman to all. I would like to by the book, but I don’t have a credit card (incredible isn’t) could I send a check?
    Thank You Elia

  3. says

    here is another easy use for left over mashed potatoes.

    mix with fine bread crumbs
    some green onions
    an egg
    salt and pepper.

    drop by small spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet and bake at 350 or 400
    till golden brown.
    serve on a platter with what ever else you want

    you could also add some parmesean cheese to the mix.

    really good so make lots. good as a warm canape as well.

  4. says

    I would like to add something to the post above.
    I cooked these up and they were great. Had a few left over so I put them in the fridge. last night we were having our finger food scrappy meal of the week and my husband tossed the leftover ones into the deep fryer. they were really good, hot crispy and not greasy.
    Well had some leftover mashed potatoes did the same mixture but decided to just deep fry them. BAD IDEA we had deep fried mashed potatoes. They disintegrated in the oil. The bits that were left tasted great but I now have the job of straining the oil.
    they deep fry well after they have been baked so bake them then freeze them and deep fry them instead of french fries or to go with eggs for breakfast.

  5. Lavona Moran says

    Hello! I love to drink a home-made eggnog made from milk, sugar, and raw eggs.
    I learned that eggnog can be heated. Can home-made eggnog be microwaved? Thanks!

  6. grizzly bear mom says

    Yes you can heat home made eggnog. Use a recipe to make custard and add enough ingredients to turn it into eggnog. Otherwise the egg will curdle when you heat it.

  7. grizzly bear mom says

    Creative leftover use: feed them to your single friends. We LOVE getting these kinds of things because we only ever nuke one burger at a time. We never get leftovers.

  8. M. Page says

    Great idea with the celery. Mine never last very long in the fridge. Always throwing half the celery out. I will try your idea.

  9. Karen Curtis says

    Just want to give you another leftover recipe
    Leftover Turkey Salad
    4 cups cooked turkey, bite sized
    1/2 cup sunflower seeds
    1/2 cup raisins
    2 small, cored, diced apples
    1/2 cup mayo
    1/2 teaspoon sea salt
    1/2 lemon, juiced
    Mix and fride for 2 hours…. I did not have the sunflower seeds, and no sea salt nor lemon. So I used regular salt and lemon juice..added more raisins and one more apple, still tasted great

    • says

      Thank you Maey Ann. I do so appreciate all of our readers and their kind words. We seem to have so many sweet and nice readers who are forever encouraging us which we really need and appreciate. Merry Christmas!

  10. Donna B. says

    Have a very happy Christmas, Jill. Your house must smell fantastic w/all those little gingerbread men! can’t wait to try all those dip recipes!

    My best to Tawra and her family!

    • says

      Thanks Donna and Merry Christmas to you. My house does smell pretty good. I had a lady say again yesterday that I always smelt so good – just like gingerbread men. I think that is a good thing. Anyway a very expensive skin care company is selling a gingerbread man scent. I am lucky I get my scent for free. :) :)

  11. Rachel says

    The egg noodles and ham recipe sounds really good. I’m going to give it a try. So does the egg nog pound cake, but not enough egg nogs fans around here, and I really don’t need to eat a whole cake myself!

  12. Susan says

    Wishing everyone a Happy New year and that every ones Christmas was great. I found some good deals at Walgreens today. my friend collects ginger bread men and I was able to get her two that light up for half off,she has been collecting for 40 years and she puts them on display from Nov thru New Years. Its strange how some times when you are not looking for something you will find it!


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