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How to use up your Christmas leftovers

by Marina Hopkins

published on 5 December 2018

Whether your Christmas Day menu stars a traditional roast turkey or a festive ham, chances are you’ll be left with enough leftovers to feed a small army. We all know that these delicious Christmas dishes are far too good to get rid of, and in the name of waste-free eating, this collection of foolproof recipes to use up your festive leftovers will have you enjoying the remainders of your Christmas Day feast in all sorts of original and delicious ways.

Thanksgiving or Boxing Day Croissant

Thanksgiving or Boxing Day Croissant

by Michael Zee

Start Boxing Day the right way, with Michael Zee’s deliciously decadent Boxing Day Croissants. Not only does this recipe make the most of any leftover stuffing, cheese, cranberry sauce and even gravy, all squeezed into a lovely hot pastry, it’s also got hangover-cure written all over it. 

Paul’s Hand-raised Boxing Day Pie

Paul’s Hand-raised Boxing Day Pie

by Paul Hollywood

Paul Hollywood’s classic, comforting pie is the ideal Boxing Day bake, making the most of all the best bits of your Christmas Dinner from the turkey to the cranberry sauce. 

Turkey Chilequiles

Turkey Chilequiles

by Lizzie Kamenetzky

The clever GBBO team have come up with this inspired recipe specifically with Christmas turkey leftovers in mind, which get livened up with a dash of herbs and spices and a tasty Mexican twist for a moreish brunch or dinner dish. 

Nadiya Hussain’s Chicken, Brie, Cranberry and Pink Pepper Pithivier

Nadiya Hussain’s Chicken, Brie, Cranberry and Pink Pepper Pithivier

A pithivier is a classically French puff-pastry pie, which can be filled with either sweet or savoury ingredients. Here, Nadiya uses chicken, but you could easily swap in turkey or other meat here, spiced and sweetened with pink peppercorns and cranberries, around a delicious centre of melted Brie.

Jessie and Lennie Ware’s Leftover Turkey Casserole

Jessie and Lennie Ware’s Leftover Turkey Casserole

by Jessie Ware, Lennie Ware

“This dish is by no means a sexy show-stopper, rather a nostalgic warmer and something my brother and I are always so happy to be greeted with at the table”, says Jessie Ware. Take about 15 minutes to prep this recipe, then leave the oven to do the rest of the hard work.

Eat Well For Less Turkey Lasagne

Eat Well For Less Turkey Lasagne

by Jo Scarratt-Jones

This recipe uses turkey mince, but you can easily swap in leftover cooked turkey. Simply skip the first step, then shred in the leftover meat along with the spinach. This recipe is a lighter take on lasagne, swapping classic white sauce for Quark, making it simpler to make and ideal for the post-Christmas waistline. 

Boxing Day Pasties

Boxing Day Pasties

by Jack Monroe

This is a lovely, easy recipe for Boxing Day pasties from Jack Monroe’s A Year in 120 Recipes, which you can fill up with whatever’s left from your Christmas dinner. These pasties are so juicy they give even the most succulent turkey sandwich a run for its money. 

Brie and Bacon Risotto

Brie and Bacon Risotto

by Jack Monroe

This recipe from Jack Monroe is the ideal way to use up whatever’s left from the cheese course, and any bacon that didn’t get cooked for Christmas breakfast, combined together to make a deliciously rich and creamy risotto. 

Smoked Ham and Piccalilli Salad

Smoked Ham and Piccalilli Salad

by Gizzi Erskine

If the Christmas festivities have left you feeling a little… well… stuffed, this Gizzi Erskine recipe for a light but satisfying salad is the perfect way to balance out the over-indulging, and still make the use of any leftover Christmas ham.

Bonkers Bread & Butter Panettone Pudding Tart

Bonkers Bread & Butter Panettone Pudding Tart

Yes, you did read that right. Jamie Oliver certainly knows how to make a cracking pudding, and this recipe from Jamie’s Comfort Food is no exception, bringing together the very best of British and Italian Christmas baking with this extravaganza of a dessert. So if you’ve got any leftover panettone… you know what to do. 

Ham, Pea and Mint Casserole

Ham, Pea and Mint Casserole

by Jack Monroe

A simple and comforting casserole recipe from Jack Monroe, great for making the most of your ham leftovers, and just what you’ll need to warm you up after a chilly Boxing Day walk. 

Ed’s Victorious Turkey Hash

Ed’s Victorious Turkey Hash

Jazz up whatever’s left of your Christmas turkey with this inspired recipe from Nigella Lawson’s famous Christmas cookbook, Nigella Christmas, bringing delicious flavours of the Mediterranean into your Boxing Day feast.

Quick Cassoulet

Quick Cassoulet

by Tom Aikens

If you’re left with more Christmas Ham than you know what to do with, Tom Aikens’ quick and easy cassoulet recipe is a foolproof way to make the most of those delicious meaty flavours.

Turkey Sloppy Joes Tasty Slaw with Gherkins & Chilli, Homemade BBQ Sauce

Turkey Sloppy Joes Tasty Slaw with Gherkins & Chilli, Homemade BBQ Sauce

Trust Jamie Oliver to come up with an absolute corker of a recipe to use up your turkey leftovers. These turkey sloppy joes from Jamie Oliver’s Christmas Cookbook are a real crowd-pleaser, perfect for a family gathering on Boxing Day. 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Fondant

Peanut Butter Chocolate Fondant

by DK Publishing

And last but definitely not least, what to do with all that chocolate? This peanut butter chocolate fondant recipe from Step-By-Step Desserts is an easy and particularly delicious solution to that problem. We knew you had a bit of room left for pudding.

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