With all the preparation that goes into Christmas food its easy to end up with more food than you need by Boxing Day. We have combined a few simple meal ideas which can easily be adapted with the ingredients you have left over. Visit https://emporiumcookshop.co.uk
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Making T he Most of
With all the preparation that goes into making more than enough food for
everyone, Christmas is over before you know it. It is inevitable that you’ll end
up on Boxing Day with more food than you know what to do with, but there
are endless options of what to do with your Christmas dinner leftovers.
Everyone knows the horror of eating turkey curry for weeks after Christmas, it
seems being on the come down from the Christmas hype effects people’s
creativity in the kitchen. We have combined a few simple meal ideas which can
easily be adapted with the ingredients you have left over.
However, cliché it may be, sandwiches are ideal for leftovers as you can fill
them with anything you like. Why not grill your sandwiches? And get creative
with what you put in it, turkey can be quite a dry meat but alongside cranberry
sauce and brie, you’ve create a great sandwich using up three ingredients that
could very easily have gone to waste.
Turkey is as versatile as chicken, so your favourite chicken dish can be
replicated with this festive bird. Pies are a great way for mixing lots of leftovers
into one tasty meal, turkey, ham, bacon or any other meat can be mixed with
vegetables of your choice, some stock or even gravy; put some ready-made
pastry over the top and bake for a quick and easy meal.
As long as you have eggs, you can pretty much put anything you like into an
omelette. Spanish omelettes are handy to make if you have leftover potatoes
as well; conveniently Spanish omelettes require a cooked potato or two so we
think leftover roast potatoes do the
job perfectly. Add in any meat or
vegetables you like, add in chunks of
cheese or sprinkle some grated
cheese over the top (depending on
what you can find half eaten in the
fridge). Cook through like a regular
omelette and tuck in.
Bubble and Squeak
Bubble and Squeak
A fancier term for ‘bung everything in a pan and fry it’, bubble and squeak was
literally made for leftovers. Tradition calls for potatoes and cabbage with the
option for any other leftover vegetables but it’s all up to you. If you don’t have
any cabbage, don’t put it in, if you want to add in some meat, cut into cubes
and put it in.
Since the ingredients are cooked anyway, all you are doing is combining
everything, warming it through and creating a nice crisp edge. Mash is the
easiest way to get everything to bind together and to create a base but if
you’re the type of family who has roast potatoes rather than mash, we’re sure
you could mash up some roasties a little bit.
If you are still feeling full from the amount of food you surprised yourself with
eating, there are many lighter options for mealtimes. Stir-fries, rice dishes, and
salads are perfect for using up your leftover turkey without making a big meal
that you’re going to end up leaving again.
When it comes to dessert, no everyone can stomach a mammoth portion of
Christmas Pudding after their dinner. This of course means, lots of leftovers.
Rather than throwing it away or simply having a week of Christmas Pudding for
dessert for the sake of eating it all up, making a
completely new dessert such as a trifle brings a new
lease of life to the cake. Christmas Pudding acts as a
great base for trifle and with oranges, custard, cream,
and mascarpone having a very likely chance of being in
your kitchen over the festive period, you don’t need to
go out and buy a ton of other ingredients. You can choose an alcohol of your
choice to go in trifle but if you do choose to use oranges, Grand Marnier or any
other orange based liquor works well.