5 Ways to Use Christmas Leftovers

21st December 2016


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After weeks of putting up decorations, writing cards and buying vast quantities of food, Christmas Day is almost upon us. But there’s something about the season of goodwill that makes us all over-indulge – and over buy.

So what do you do when you wake up on Boxing Day to discover a fridge full of food left over? Simply turn it into meals and snacks for all the family with our favourite 10 recipes from around the web – and not a morsel will go to waste…

For breakfast:

If the bags of nuts that seemed a good idea at the time are still lingering around, turn your excess supply into tasty breakfast bars.

For a mid-morning snack:

Marth Stewart’s sausage roll recipe will use up all those mini chipolatas.


For a lunchtime winter warmer:

It’s cold outside and you need something warming to keep everyone going. Use up that turkey and keep everyone happy with some hearty Turkey Noodle Soup.

For the children:

If all of your guests generously arrived bearing a gift of smoked salmon, follow our favourite way to use it in creamy pasta – a favourite amongst adults and children alike.


For tea time:

It’s easy to buy too many mince pies but if you and your family get bored of the ubiquitous Christmas treat come Boxing Day, you can always turn them into a festively-flavoured refrigerator cake. Perfect with a cup of tea when you come in from a winter walk.

For a quick, light supper:

When your family of carnivores have declined the vegetables in favour of the goose or turkey, conjure your leftovers into a light, healthy supper with Jamie Oliver’s Spiced Veggie Rice with Poached Eggs.

For a supper time side:

As it turns out, everyone was too stuffed full of turkey to indulge in much cheese. So if yours is still going begging, transform it into Waitrose’s take on Cheeseboard Mac and Cheese.

For New Year’s Eve:

Chocolate, chocolate everywhere? Make most of the bars, the boxes, and the gold coins with Nigella’s Glitzy Chocolate Puddings – the perfect way to impress your guests as you ring in 2017.

For a healthy drink:

If you’ve not quite made it through the clementines Father Christmas put inside your family stockings, blend up a non-alcoholic drink that everyone can enjoy.



For the future:

If there’s one thing that almost always gets left, it has to be Christmas pudding. So whizz it into ice cream to keep in the freezer and serve at your next dinner party…

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