I often prefer leftovers to the actual holiday mealâ€¦ lechon paksiw, turkey sandwiches, casseroles, etc. Two of my favorite ways to use up leftovers are grilled ham and cheese (or tomato and cheese) sandwiches and fruit salads. For my grilled ham and cheese, I take good whole wheat sliced loaves and add sliced ham and some cheese (supermarket square cheese to any other nice cheeses you may have remnants of in the fridge)â€¦ heat up a cast iron or nice heavy stainless steel or non-stick pan and when hot add a generous blob of butter and when melted put the sandwich on the pan and grill for a few minutes until golden brown. Add another nice spread of butter on the top of the sandwich and turn over carefully. Press down with a cooking utensil to compress the sandwich. Remove and slice the sandwich in half and serve with a green salad or even dill pickles. Other variations on the theme are grilled ham and tomato sandwiches and something that harks back to my days as a student in Boston, grilled tuna and cheese sandwichesâ€¦yum!
A second use of holiday leftovers is a simple fruit salad that uses up whatever holiday fruits you may have in the houseâ€¦ orange sections, pomelos, grapes, apples, mangoes, bananas, pineapple, etc. and add some citrus juice and a little sugar if necessary and some mint leaves for garnish and flavor. Just make sure there is some consistency to the sizes of fruits as an imbalance between humongous chunks of pineapple and finely sliced apple might be a bit disconcerting. Itâ€™s also nice if you add some fruit based alcohol to make it more of an â€œadult dessert.â€ Serve in a fancy crystal champagne glass and it looks like a million bucks!