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Christmas Leftover Pockets

These quick and easy Christmas Leftover Pockets are a great way to use up your leftovers in a simple and delicious way.

Looking for a quick and easy way to use up your Christmas leftovers that isn’t a sandwich? These Christmas Leftover Pockets require little time and effort, which is exactly what we want the day after Christmas. Something we can make in just 30 minutes then lounge on the couch the rest of the day.

Just gather up your favourite leftovers, wrap them up in some store-bought Pillsbury Crescent Rolls, and bake until golden brown. Plus don’t forget to dip it in some leftover gravy! These Christmas Leftover Pockets are a great snack or main for a Boxing Day dinner.

Top tips for making Christmas Leftovers work for you:

  • It starts with the original meal. If you know you are going to have leftovers, make sure they are recipes that reheat well or are delicious cold. Any meals that don’t fit that criteria should be make to not have leftovers remaining, that way no food goes to waste!
  • Get creative! Even if you have a lot of leftovers doesn’t mean you have to eat the same meal over and over again. Shake things up with different spices and other ingredients.
  • Skip the microwave. Microwave is great in a pinch or for making popcorn, but if you want a delicious leftover meal you’re going to want to skip it. Reheat in the oven, on the stove or in an air-fryer depending on what you are reheating.

Christmas Leftover Pockets FAQ:

Are Pillsbury Crescent Rolls vegan?

Yes! These are one of the amazing accidentally vegan products out there. Do keep in mind we are in Canada and that you should always double check ingredients before buying as ingredients can very from country to country.

Can this recipe be made with any leftovers?

Yes! The best part about leftover recipes are that you can use whatever you have in your fridge.

What if I can’t find vegan butter?

You can substitute vegan butter with some coconut oil. In addition, because this is for a glaze to make the pastry golden, you could also use a sweetened soy milk to glaze the rolls before baking.

What if I can’t find Pillsbury Crescent Rolls?

This works with any store-bought or homemade dough you want. If you can’t find crescent rolls (or they aren’t vegan-friendly where you live) you can try it with a vegan puff pastry.

How to make Vegan Christmas Leftover Pockets:

Christmas Leftover Pockets

These quick and easy Christmas leftover pockets are a great way to use up your leftovers in a simple way.
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 16 minutes
Total Time: 31 minutes
Servings: 4 servings


  • 1 tin Pillsbury Grands Crescent Rolls
  • 250 g vegan mashed potatoes
  • 1 cup vegan stuffing
  • 3 Gardein vegan turkey cutlets, cut into strips
  • 12 g vegan butter, melted
  • 10 g (1 tbsp) garlic powder
  • 3 g (1 tbsp) dried rosemary
  • 240 mL (1 cup) vegan gravy


  • Preheat your oven to 375°F.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and roll out two of the crescent rolls onto it. You’ll bake all 4 rolls on the baking sheet, but there will likely only be room to prepare one or two at a time.
  • Add 1-2 tbsp of your leftover mashed potatoes near the centre of the roll, but staying in the largest part of the roll. Then add a 1 tbsp of stuffing, a few strips of the turkey cutlet, and top with some cranberry sauce.
  • To fold the rolls, start with the shortest point and bring it in to the centre on top of the layers. Bring the next shortest point in and do the same. Finally, take the long point and wrap it over so that it overlaps the dough and leaves the layers peeking out still. Tuck the excess dough from the long point underneath the roll so give a clean look.
  • Brush each roll with melted vegan butter and sprinkle on garlic powder and dried rosemary.
  • Bake for 16 minutes or until golden brown.
  • While rolls bake, you can re-heat the gravy and have it ready as a dip.


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