What do you have in your cupboard? I have so many leftovers especially from Christmas. What’s worse is that whenever I go shopping, I just pick up stuff. I see great prices, and it goes home with me. I should take a picture of all the random stuff I have. LOL. I came up with several appetizers for a New Years Eve party using leftovers and a few store bought favorites.
I LOVE Stove Top. It’s one of my childhood favorites. My mom is Mexican. She never made her own stuffing. Instead, she used Stove Top. It just wouldn’t be the Holidays without it. You can usually find a good deal around this time. Using sausage leftovers, I made this.
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Stove Top Balls
1 tablespoon olive oil
½ lb sausage
1 celery stick
2 cups Stove Top cooked
In a pan, heat oil and add sausage. Cook for 2 minutes, breaking it up. Add onion and celery. Cook for another 2 minutes or until the sausage is fully cooked. Let cool and mix with Stove Top and egg. Preheat oven 350 degrees F. Make 1-inch balls and place on a greased pan. Bake for 15 minutes. Note: If the mixture is too wet, add some bread crumbs in order to form the balls.
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We always make tamales and a few gallons of salsa for Christmas. I used the salsa leftovers and made quesadillas. YUM! They’re easy to make, and everyone (including the kids) will love them.
1 cup Kraft Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
In a pan, place flour tortilla, top with cheese, add another tortilla. Cook on each side for one minute. Cut into wedges.
Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and kids. Enough said. I always have creamy peanut butter on hand. Jell-O too because it’s so easy to make. It’s also sugar-free, and I really like that especially because of all my diabetic relatives. Love easy dessert recipes, and this one takes only a few minutes.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Pudding Topped with Toasted Coconut
Jell-O Pudding Chocolate
2 cups milk
2 tablespoons Planters Peanut Butter
In a stock pot, add milk and chocolate and stir until it begins to boil. Add peanut butter and continue stirring until thickens. Serve into individual cups. In a pan, add coconut and stir frequently until fragrant and toated. About 2 minutes.
Classic Ground Beef Taquitos
Got leftover ground beef? And leftover salsa? These Ground Beef Taquitos come together fast and are a HUGE crowd pleaser.
Or, if you have any leftover Ponche Navideno, add some brandy to make an even more festive drink.
Fried Mac and Cheese
If you have little ones running around, you might have mac and cheese. This Mexican Fried Mac and Cheese is not only a great way to use up leftovers, but they’re super cheap.
BBQ Chicken Sliders
These Chicken Sandwich Sliders are super duper easy-to-make. Either use leftover chicken or buy a store-bought rotisserie chicken. Add a bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce. You can even leave the slider buns on the counter next to a slow cooker for your guests to serve themselves. Love easy recipes!
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Maggie Unzueta is the writer/blogger, photographer, recipe developer, videographer, and creator of In Mama Maggie's Kitchen. She has been developing easy and authentic Mexican food, Mexican-inspired recipes, and traveling tips since 2010. From family recipes to her extensive travels throughout Mexico, she brings traditional Mexican flavors from South of the Border and into your kitchen. Maggie has been featured in notable culinary websites and other media outlets. For more details, check out her About page.