Great Recipes for Holiday Leftovers!

Several of you have emailed and said you plan on making this Perfect Pulled Pork for Christmas- awesome!! :) And what a great idea- it’s so easy for Christmas dinner and is sure to bring everyone together in the kitchen. If you have any leftovers, I have some great recipes you’ll definitely want to try! They’re easy and delicious! I made pulled pork last weekend, and since it’s just the two of us, there are always a TON of leftovers. But that’s ok, because it’s one of those things that’s great left over- It’s extremely versatile! I used my leftovers in these two recipes from Picky Palate and they were both DELICIOUS!! :) I will *definitely* make these both again- I just had to pass them along! I wanted to take pics for you (so this wouldn’t be just a boring, text-only post) but they were so good- it got gone before I could get the camera out! :blush: Fortunately, Jenny takes great pictures. :D

BBQ Chicken Crusted Smoked Cheddar Mac

I replaced the shredded BBQ Chicken in her recipe for an equal amount of pulled pork. I wasn’t able to find the Tillamook brand, but I did easily find smoked cheddar cheese in the deli at my local grocery store. It was my first time using smoked cheddar cheese and- Oh my gosh. It made all the difference in the world. The smoky flavor it added to the pulled pork was *insane*. It was wonderful. Kevin and I were fighting over the leftovers :blush: Oh, I also used shells for the pasta (loved scooping up the cheese sauce in the little shells! :)) but like Jenny says, you can use any favorite pasta shape for this recipe! :)

Steak Quesadillas

These are so, so, so, so, so good! I’ve made this recipe 3 times already!!! In like a week! LOL! I made it the first time using ribeye steak grilled on a cast iron grill pan with white cheddar and monterrey jack cheese. (faint) The second time I made it with the leftover pulled pork and leftover white cheddar and smoked cheddar cheese. (divine!) And the third time I made it with shredded chicken and more leftover smoked cheddar cheese! (yum!) I’m *so* glad to have this recipe in my arsenal!!! The crispy quesadillas are my favorite! :) It’s definitely going in the dinner rotation.

Hope you enjoy the recipes! Christmas is *almost* here!!! :)
Thanks so much for looking! :)

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Jenny Flake December 22, 2009 at 9:07 am

Awesome! So glad you have enjoyed more recipes from Picky Palate :) Thanks for sharing with your readers, have a wonderful Christmas!!


Paige Faulkner December 22, 2009 at 9:17 am

Mmm… Those sound so yummy! Thanks for sharing. Hope you and yours have a very Merry CHRISTmas and a Happy New Year!


Adrienne December 22, 2009 at 9:30 am

Thanks so much for the recipe. I was planning on making pulled pork for Christmas and haven’t been able to find a recipe that I thought looked good. Your pulled pork recipe looks GREAT – can’t wait to try it and these great recipes with left overs – yum!


Amy December 22, 2009 at 10:08 am

I love pulled pork…my hubby and I tend to fight over the leftovers, too! And these recipes look so incredibly good…I can’t wait to try them!


Dee Dee December 22, 2009 at 10:22 am

I am a new fan Of Kevin and Amanda! I love your blog and all the fun things I have learned! Thank you for all you do! I am having so much fun!!


Glynis December 22, 2009 at 1:42 pm

Once again, you’ve made my mouth water! Thanks for all you do…Merry Christmas!


Amanda December 22, 2009 at 2:33 pm

I tried your pulled pork recipe a few weekends ago and it was fabulous! Instead of cooking it in the oven though, I cooked it in the crock pot. It turned out really tender, juicy, and flavorful. Thanks for sharing your recipes!


Jami December 22, 2009 at 2:34 pm

Those Steak Quesadillas look heavenly!!! Thank you for sharing!
My husband is going to love these :)


Jami December 22, 2009 at 2:36 pm

By the way, what service do you use for posting comments? I LOVE it!!!


megan z. December 22, 2009 at 2:54 pm

Hi! I love your blog – it’s just great!!! This is a bit off topic from your post, but I thought I saw an Apple desktop in the picture of your scrapbook room (which I just love btw) and was wondering how you liked Apple, I’ve thought about converting and would just love your opinion. I came to your website when I was trying to find out more about my camera (we have the same one!!) so I trust your opinion. Thanks in advance!


Kenzie December 22, 2009 at 3:00 pm

Thanks so much! These are some great ideas! :) Merry Christmas! Have a good one!


Darlene December 22, 2009 at 7:51 pm

Hi Amanda, thanks so much for all the awesome emails full of goodies including recipes,decorating, pets, fonts, photography and scrapbooking. You are one talented lady! Merry Christmas to You, Kevin and your “fur” family. I look forward to reading your blog posts in 2010.


Elizabeth December 22, 2009 at 9:30 pm

Those both look so good! I’m going to have to try that mac and cheese.


Hafija December 23, 2009 at 12:39 pm

Merry Christmas!


Toby Lee December 24, 2009 at 11:16 am

Steak Quesadillas – must try, ingredients are my favorites! Thanks for sharing the recipe.


Barbara Jean December 25, 2009 at 3:17 am


I just want to thank you for your great site, and great instructions.
I just loaded one of your free fonts into my word fonts program.

Things like this are very hard for me to learn, and usually very frustrating, but your instructions got me through it!

Thanks for all your wok in putting things together for us.
You can bet I’ll be back.


barbara jean


Aline Martinez December 25, 2009 at 7:25 am

Hi Amanda!!! I´m from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and I found your blog by Allie´s Templates. So, I would like to say that I really loved this layout (very romantic!!!) and say sorry for my bad english too!!!

Here in Brazil we used cook Portuguese recipes in x-mas (from Portugal), we eat potatoes, cod cockie, chicken and a variosity of things. It´s very funny because in general we eat things that doesn´t have a real relation with x-mas. We mix all tradicionals foods (italians panetones, nuts, portuguese recipes etc).

A thousand of kisses from Brazil!!! Merry Cristmas!!!


Jenny January 6, 2010 at 12:27 pm

Wow! Love, love, LOVE your blog! I’m a new follower and am officially hooked! Thanks for all the great pictures and ideas!!


Angela Gast January 13, 2010 at 12:05 pm

These look amazing will have to try.


Fiona March 18, 2010 at 11:59 am

Yummy! I’m definitely going to be busy in the kitchen!! Thanks for sharing, Amanda!


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