Unless you’ve devoured your Christmas turkey, you’ll have plenty of leftovers. If you’re stuck for what to do with all that turkey and all those Brussels sprouts, here’s a little inspiration.
What to do with Christmas leftovers
So don’t feed those delicious extras to the dog (don’t worry, it’ll get over it). Instead, check out this mouthwatering list of festive recipes. Christmas leftovers have never tasted so good!
10 Recipes for Christmas Leftovers
If you're wondering what to make with your leftover Christmas dinner, we've got a whole host of delicious, easy recipes for you to sink your teeth into, before you eat the entire Christmas pudding.
From Indian spiced turkey curry and gourmet ham & cheese tartlets to an incredible salad and a sumptuous South African tart, these recipes will inspire you to create magic from your Christmas leftovers.
Lamb is a popular Xmas Day alternative to turkey and Christmas lamb tastes fantastic the next day. This is just one of many lamb Christmas leftover recipes and can be tailored to your tastes. It's fresh and supremely tasty, perfect for a light Boxing Day lunch or a festive snack.
You can even spice up the lamb for a Middle Eastern twist. Try frying with cumin and ground coriander and a pinch of chilli powder for a festive kick.
Another great way to use up Christmas food, this lamb sandwich tastes fantastic. The jam adds a sweet dimension to your luscious leftover lamb, while the creamy nuttiness of the avocado complements it perfectly.
What could be better than a jam packed leftover lamb sandwich on Boxing Day?
While this recipe calls for chicken, leftover Turkey would be a wonderful alternative. Mixed in with beautifully creamy potatoes, pickled gherkins, spring onions, boiled eggs and mayonnaise, your leftover turkey will taste divine.
If you're looking for a filling salad that's big on flavour and makes use of all those wonderful extra ingredients, this is the one for you.
Tweak this versatile recipe to make use of all those other leftovers – add cranberry sauce, sprouts, peas, bacon or crispy roast potatoes for a sumptuous leftover salad.
This deliciously creamy, delectable delight of a Christmas casserole is just what you need after the chaos of Christmas. Easy cooking, hassle free and with a super quick prep time, this Christmas leftover recipe is stress free.
Exactly what you need after the pressure cooker quality of the holiday season. Best of all, it's very versatile.
Whatever you've got left over from the main event, just through it in! Also, make sure to check the back of the fridge for any soon-to-expire veg that may be lurking there.
A dash of cream at the last really brings this Christmas leftovers recipe into the divine category. Store it for up to four or five days in the fridge, for extra leftovers.
Leftover turkey lends well to being spiced up. So, come Boxing Day, get out those spices and create something inspired in your tinselly kitchen.
Ginger, garlic, chilli, turmeric, cumin and ground cayenne pepper are among the ingredients that will turn your turkey into an Indian tinged delight. Season the spice according to your tastes and don't overdo the chilli if you don't like it hot – save the fireworks for New Year's Eve.
Never mind the nightmare before Christmas... for some, this leftover Christmas recipe is like a nightmare after Christmas. But for those of us with a taste for Brussels sprouts, myself included, leftover Brussels sprouts recipes are an essential part of the post Christmas experience.
A great way to use up those leftover Christmas sprouts, this soup will leave you feeling all warm and merry inside. Top with a smattering of bacon for a little festive decadence.
A classic, traditional South African comfort food, ham en kaas (ham and cheese in English) is an extremely tasty tart that'll warm your heart after the festivities of Christmas Day.
You can't really go wrong with the ham and cheese combo – although this recipe well and truly ups the ante, making use of bacon instead. If you have ham leftover from Xmas dinner, even better!
It's an intensely rich and heavy dish, so a simple side salad would be ideal. Try a light and easy Mediterranean salad, to add a bit of freshness to your Boxing Day lunch.
Christmas leftovers recipes don't come much easier than delicious little puff pastry tartlets. If you have leftover ham from your big Xmas dinner, this is the recipe for you.
Extremely simple to prepare and very versatile, these tasty tartlets make a great addition to a Boxing Day buffet. Just make sure grandad doesn't eat them all.
As recipes for Christmas leftovers go, this is a one of the most versatile. You can use leftover turkey, leftover ham or leftover lamb and any cheese that you please.
A splash of fine white wine and a dollop of delicious crème fraîche give it plenty of pizzazz. The perfect Christmas comfort food to bring a little cheer on a crips Boxing Day.
This traditional Irish recipe is an absolutely amazing leftovers dish. It really is the perfect dish to serve up at Boxing Day dinner, or better yet, a Boxing Day party.
An excellent way to make use of leftover parsnips, roast potatoes, cabbage and onion, this is one of the those recipes that you'll try once, only to be hooked as soon as you realise how easy and tasty it is.
You could even tear up some leftover turkey, ham or bacon as a great way to make this recipe really shine. Either way, it's a winner. Add lashings of Irish butter to keep it true to its roots.
What’s your favourite thing to do with Xmas leftovers? Let me know in the comments below.
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