If you’re anything like me and my family, food is a huge part of the holiday and as much as we stuff our faces there are always piles left at the end. So here are some suggestions of ways to use up Christmas leftovers!Equally a lot of these ideas can be applied to any roast dinner leftovers.
Homemade Soup – You can do this by blending up all of your leftover vegetables and gravy and then heat them through for a lovely leftover vegetable soup. Equally you can use any combination of meats and vegetables including potatoes, you can put pretty much anything in a saucepan with some kind of liquid (gravy, stock or you can add some water to make it thinner), heat it through and blend to the consistency you like. This is also great after any roast dinner or with any leftover vegetables.
Roast Turkey Enchilada – A bit of a Mexican twist, you just need a wrap and some cheese, you can fill the wrap with any combination of re-heated leftovers either plain or with some sort of fajita spice, then roll the wrap up and top with some salsa and grated cheese and heat through until it’s melted on top. Also see ‘Chicken Fajitas‘.
Leftovers Pot Pie – You make a rue with butter and flour in a saucepan and then add chicken stock to make it into a thick sauce, you can then mix in all of your leftover meat and veg and pour it into an oven-proof dish. To create the top of the pie use a shortcrust pastry and cut it to the size of the dish. Make sure you make holes in the top of the crust as well.
Christmas Quiche – Line an oven proof dish with shortcrust pastry, then put down a sheet of greaseproof paper and fill with baking beans to keep the base flat. Bake for approximately 15 mins at 180°C then mix together your leftovers with egg-yolks and some cream and after taking the baking beans and greaseproof paper away, fill the pastry base, then bake again for another 30 mins until the egg mix starts to brown on top.
Turkey Sliders – Fill some sliced rolls with leftover turkey and cranberry sauce, top the rolls with garlic butter and bake in the oven until they are heated through fully. Or to make it more exciting mix the turkey in a BBQ sauce to make BBQ turkey sliders.
Pasta Bake – Cook some pasta and in an oven-proof dish mix together your variety of Christmas leftovers and pasta with a white sauce made from butter, flour, milk and cheese and then top with more grated cheese. Bake for approximately 30 mins at 180°C.
Turkey Pizza – Make your pizza base and top with tomato sauce, cheese and your leftover turkey or any other meat selection. Check out ‘Homemade Pizza‘ for cooking details.
Shepherds Pie – Use up any leftover veg by frying it with beef mince, transfer into an oven-proof dish and top with mashed potatoes made from any leftover roast potatoes. Then bake for around 20 minutes at 180°C or until the potatoes begin to brown.
Turkey Curry – Use up leftover turkey, potatoes and veg by cooking them in a curry sauce of your choice.
Chocolate – No doubt you will have some leftover Christmas chocolate whether it is coins or an assortment of chocolates, if it’s possible to get bored of eating chocolate on it’s own you can melt it down in the microwave or using a bain-marie and have a chocolate fondue with some fruit and marshmallows!
Cake Pops – If you somehow end up with any cake leftover after the holidays and want to re-purpose it you can create cake pops! All you need to do is break the cake down into crumbs and mix in buttercream icing until you can form it into small balls. Cover the cake balls with melted chocolate and leave to harden. This should work with any style of cake!
Fruit Crumble – I don’t tend to see a lot of fruit over Christmas but I have heard that some people do have ‘healthy’ things with fruit in so if you happen to have some extra fruit that you need to use up then you can put it in a fruit crumble. You can create the crumble mix by combining butter flour and sugar and layering it on top of the fruit mix with some fruit juice. Then bake in the oven for approximately 30 mins at 180°C until the crumble becomes golden brown.