What are you doing with your leftovers? Almost more than the big meals themselves, I actually like the leftovers. And more than that, I like the fact that the refrigerators are stocked chockfull with everything, making cooking so much more pleasurable and easy. On any normal day of the year, you tend to have just what you need for a few days meals, but during the holidays, I try to have everything I would possibly need over the course of a few weeks. Here are some of the things we do with leftoversâ€¦ with lechon, of course we have paksiw which I prefer more than lechon itself. I also like to re-fry day old lechon and serve this with lots of homemade acharra and lechon sauce. With leftover baked lapu-lapu, the cook makes croquettes with some of the leftover mashed potatoes as well. With leftover roast beef, I often make a terrific roast beef hash or lately, a bistek tagalog with roast beef. The leftover roast beef sliced thinly is also terrific in sandwiches with substantial bread and good mustard. The extra Christmas ham has a myriad of usesâ€¦ sliced and fried up with eggs for breakfast or chopped finely into an omelette. The ham is also terrific in cold sandwiches or with cheese in hot paninis. The bones I used in soups of all kinds and I never throw out the bones (stock it in the freezer if you donâ€™t have the time to futz with them now)â€¦
With leftover quezo de bola we pile on top of ensaimadas or cheese pimiento for sandwich fillings. Leftover roast turkey goes into soups or sandwiches or casseroles. Leftover chicken can be shredded and made into sandwich fillings or added to sotanghon soup. With an abundance of chocolates like toblerone, we chop them up and make chocolate fondue, using the leftover fruits as well. We always try to have tons of fruit in the house, sometimes using it as table centerpieces then recycling them into pies, tarts, fruit shakes and fruit salads. Sliced red Anjou pears look terrific in green salads as well. Even leftover shellfish such as shrimp, crab and lobster are nicely reincarnated as a lobster or shrimp salad sandwichâ€¦just add good mayonnaise, chopped celery and some salt and pepper. Baked potatoes can be made into hash the next day, or I like to fry them up with bacon and onions as a side dish. With over 10 kilos of dried fruit in our fridges at the moment, I was hard-pressed to come up with uses but I consumed two kilos yesterday by making a classic French spice bread â€“ pain dâ€™epices, homemade granola with dried fruit and a refrigerated cookie from a gourmet Magazine recipe. Even flowers are recycled in our home. From fancy sit-down dinner arrangements and side table pieces to centerpieces at more informal holiday lunches or dinners in succeeding days. And those long taper candles that you only use a few inches of? I use them again on a second day and make sure we burn them way down before throwing them out. In the days ahead we will be using up more and more of the leftovers in different waysâ€¦but I am curiousâ€¦what are your favorite ways to use Holiday leftovers? Leave a comment with your bright ideas hereâ€¦Thanks!