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Holiday Leftovers Board

Holiday Leftovers Board- The only thing better than a holiday meal is the leftovers that meal provides. And, that's what this board celebrates.

December 11, 2021 by Nicole Collins

Welcome to Day 11 in our 12 Days of Grazing Boards series!

I know this can be a somewhat controversial statement, but I'm going to say it anyway. Leftovers are better than the original meal. They just are. How many of us look forward to big holiday dinners mostly because of the leftovers we get to have to the next couple of days?

If you're on the same page as me, than this board is for you (us)!

Today, we're making a Holiday Leftovers Board!

Storage containers never see more action than after a holiday, so today we're airing them out and giving our leftovers new life in this special display of goodies.

Here's what I love about this board. All of our boards are going to look different! We all have different family staples that we'll eat on the big day, and this board is meant to celebrate that. So for that reason, we're going to take a simpler approach to this board. We'll add some leftover protein, some leftover veggies, and some leftover appetizers. Then, we'll offer the option to turn our leftovers into a sandwich by adding buns, cheese, and condiments. And, voila! A holiday leftovers board is born!

Depending on what you're serving on your board, you can make the choice to serve your leftovers warm or cold. I used leftover ham and turkey that I definitely wanted to put on a sandwich, so I left them cold. But, if you have warm entrees or sides that you want to add to the board, build your board with your cold items first, and add your warm items last. Also, try to keep your warm items on the same section of the board so they can keep each other warm.

As far as veggies go, we're going to add some loose veggies, crudite style. But, we'll also add one (or a couple) stations for a tossed salad. Not only do little salad bowls create interesting dimension on our board, it encourages us to remember to eat our veggies after a day of indulging.

To finish the board, I like to add a special item that wasn't part of the original meal. This is helpful in making it feel like you're not eating the same exact meal back to back. For me, I chose to put some good ol' french fries on the board. But, you can truly add anything you want that wasn't on your table the first time around.

When it's time to eat, you can go at this buffet style like a typical grazing board. Or, you could create mini platters with one of everything that you can hand off to each of your loved ones. Though a community board is always a big hit, you've gotta love a personal sized board.

Ok, everyone. We have one more day left in this series. This is not a drill, people!

I'll see you all tomorrow! Enjoy, and let's eat!


Holiday Leftovers Board

Serves: unlimited Print


  • turkey (light and dark meat, if available)

  • ham

  • tossed salad

  • deviled eggs

  • waffle fries

  • dinner or slider rolls

  • corn on the cob, cut into 3-4 pieces

  • aioli or mayonnaise (I used mustard aioli)

  • cheddar slices

  • crudite (or any leftover raw veggies)


  1. Arrange all items on the board, making sure to alternate colors, shapes, and textures on the board. Enjoy!

  2. Plan to serve about 2 mini sandwiches and 1 cup of veggies, per person. Fill in the remaining items, as needed.

Recipe notes:

*This board is intended to be a hodge podge of everything leftover from a big holiday meal. Add or swap out ingredients as you have them. Just be sure to keep everything is bite size or easy to grab form.

*Offer different bread choices and condiments on the side.


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