If there’s anything that comes close to the joy of Christmas dinner, it’s Christmas leftovers. There’s just something special about waking up on Boxing Day to a fridge full of cold meat, roast vegies and boozy desserts. Keen to mix things up a little this year? Check out our top four ways to re-invent your Christmas leftovers.
These two ideas follow the age-old kitchen mantra of “just add eggs.” Thinly slice your leftover ham and get some quality bread in the toaster. Next, poach or fry an egg, butter your toast and spread with mustard (or some of that homemade relish your aunty gave you for Christmas). Keen to get the most out of your left-over roast vegies? Chop into bite-sized cubes and throw them into a frittata. Easy!
Frying leftovers in a pan is a sure-fire way to make them taste even better, but let’s focus on a couple of Christmas dessert classics: Christmas pudding and panettone. Both of these delightful desserts tend to dry out the longer they’re left, so reinvigorate them by frying slices in a pan with a big lug of butter. There’s not much else to it, but it does wonders. In fact, this one is so good we think it almost leaves the originals in the dust!
From roast pork and apple sauce to glazed ham and brie, leftovers and sandwiches go together like Bublé and carols. Over-cater on the T-bird this year? Relax, the turkey club is a classic way to use it up. Fresh bread is best here (rather than toasted). Spread bread with cranberry sauce and mayonnaise, add a few slices of cold roast turkey, some stuffing, rocket leaves and black pepper.
Another great way to use up leftover vegies and meat is to throw them all into a curry. Brown off some onion and garlic, add some curry paste then add your leftover meat and roast vegies and simmer in some coconut milk until cooked through. Finish with fresh coriander. River Cottage star, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has a great recipe, here.
We hope these little hacks help you extend all the joy of Christmas even further. From us to you, Happy Holidays!
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