Feasting on the leftovers

Posted: 29th December 2015
Christmas is nearly over again but in my household we always have plenty of leftovers.

Wether you had a turkey or not I have put together my top ten ideas for using all that christmas food lurking in the backs of fridges and cupboards which would other wise go to waste.

Feasting on the leftovers enables you to create some fantastic and tasty recipes with just a few key ingredients.


Here is my top ten ideas for using up the Christmas leftovers:

  1. Use the turkey carcass to make a delicous stock. Add in any number of root vegetables to make a delicious turkey soup.
  2. You can make delicous curries, rissotos and gratins with the leftover turkey and ham. If you have a lot left you can freeze it to use later.
  3. If you have  double cream left lightly whip and freeze to use at a later date.
  4. Single cream can be used to add into soups, curries and white sauces.
  5. Sweet Mincemeat left can be mixed with equal quantities of cooking apples and a pinch of cinamon to make a spiced fruit crumble. Finish with your favourite crumble topping.
  6. Small amounts of stilton or cheddar cheese left can be used to make savoury cheese biscuits. Why not serve them for the New Year with drinks.Go to the BBC good food website for more ideas.
  7. Stale bread can be made into croutons to top soups or salads. Pre-heat the oven to 180c, cut bread into small cubes and toss in a small amount of rapseed or olive oil. Mix in some grated parmesan cheese if you have some. Bake in the oven until crisp and golden.
  8. Small amounts of red or white wine can be frrozen in small trays and used at a later date to add into casseroles or stews.
  9. Leftover roast vegetable and sprouts make a great bubble and squeak. Serve with fried eggs for a quick and cheap dinner.
  10. If you have a large amount of shelled  nuts left why not make a granola with them or use to add into cakes, muffins or crumbles.