My absolute favorite time of year is upon us! Over the next couple of months, there will be so many opportunities to get together with family and friends for wonderful conversation, lots of laughs, and even more delicious food. Without fail, one of the best parts of this season is the fact that my refrigerator is always filled with drool-worthy leftovers. Whether you want to recreate your Thanksgiving dinner plate in its purest form, or transform the leftovers into a new dish entirely, I have a few tips for how to get creative in the kitchen this year and refresh your tasty holiday leftovers.
Experience the Delicious Main Event – Again!
When it comes to holiday leftovers, I tend to be on the more classic side. I love waking up the next morning and enjoying a second helping of mashed potatoes, turkey, gravy – the works. But, whenever you are reheating food that has already been cooked, there is the concern of drying everything out when you reheat it. When you slave away for hours creating the perfect green bean casserole, the last thing you want to taste is a dried out or flavorless dish.
This is where the Bosch Steam Convection Oven can really come in handy. It has a special reheat mode that is expertly designed to gently reheat your favorite food. The setting uses just the right amount of steam to add moisture back into your dish without make it soggy. You’d be shocked – your food will taste just as good after using the reheat mode as it did when you served it piping hot from the oven. In fact, the results are so impressive, I always showcase how easily the steam oven reheats pizza and other food during my Bosch product trainings!
For most holiday food, 10 minutes on the reheat setting should do the trick. However, when it comes to reheating dinner rolls, I recommend using your perforated pan and gently wrapping them in a damp paper towel before inserting them into the oven at 225 degrees. This will keep them slightly crisp on the outside and pillow soft on the inside. Experiencing your holiday meal again with leftovers really is quite simple with these tips!
Experiment with New Food Creations
My husband, on the other hand, loves getting creative with our leftovers. His day-after-Thanksgiving turkey sandwiches are famous within our household and I actually think he likes them more than Thanksgiving dinner! It doesn’t take much effort – just some creativity – to revamp your holiday leftovers into something new, unique, and flavorful. Here are some ideas!
Mashed potatoes and green bean casserole are easily two of the most beloved holiday dishes. Why not blend the creamy potato texture with the green bean crunch for something truly out of this world? I love spooning leftover mashed potatoes into the bottom of a 9×9 pan and then spreading the rest of my green bean casserole on top. Finish it off with any leftover fried onions you have in your pantry and pop it into your Bosch Steam Convection Oven at 250 degrees for about 12 minutes.
Leftover cranberry sauce? No problem! Each year I find myself using this holiday staple in a few different ways. First, it’s the perfect addition to a seasonal salad. I’ll pair crisp butter lettuce with slices of creamy avocado, toasted walnuts, and dollops of leftover cranberry sauce. Alternatively, toss a round of brie into your Bosch Wall Oven until it is warm, then top it with tangy cranberry sauce and serve it with sliced ciabatta. This take on leftover cranberry sauce is always a crowd pleaser.
And last but not least, the pie. Each year, I like to throw a slice of leftover pie (pumpkin, pecan, apple – you name it!) into a skillet on my Bosch Induction Cooktop. Using power level 6, I’ll warm the delectable dessert from its flaky outer crust to its delicious seasonal filling. By using the cooktop, I can give the pie a new layer of crunch. Plus, mix a spoonful of honey into your homemade whipped cream for an added element of flavor!
I hope you are feeling a bit more excited about your holiday leftovers, whether you are perfectly reheating them or are putting on your chef’s hat to breathe new life into your holiday cooking. What will you be creating in the kitchen this season? Be sure to let me know in the comments below.