We know it’s a tad early to be discussing Christmas leftovers, but we thought we’d throw it out there now so that when you’re staring at the post-Christmas aftermath of random half-portions of food, you’ll have something in mind to create. So here are some simple ideas to not only save you time and money, but to reduce waste by using up some of that leftover food.
Nibbles – Antipasto platter
Any leftover cheese, meats, olives and sundried tomatoes from your antipasto platter can be turned into the BEST post-Christmas pizzas. You can make the dough (recipe below) in the bread maker for a super easy dinner. Makes 2 large pizzas, bake for 15 minutes at 220ᵒC, depending on your oven.
¾ cup of warm water
2 teaspoons yeast
½ teaspoon sugar
2 cups plain flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons oil
Christmas Meats – Turkey, Ham, Chicken, Pork etc
If you’re not going to eat your leftover meats within 2-3 days of cooking, place portions into airtight bags and freeze them. They’ll last for a few months in the freezer, and great to use in:
- Pasta dishes
- Toasted sandwiches
- Pies and casseroles
- Fried rice
- Baked potatoes
Seriously? There’s never any leftovers.
The absolute very best way to use up leftover roast vegetables is to make bubble and squeak. It’s basically diced vegetables fried together in a frying pan to make a vegetable pancake. Utterly delicious.
- Bubble and squeak
- Pasta and vegetable bake, just add a tin of diced tomatoes
- Vegetable pies (why not make a curry vegetable pie?)
Unfortunately a salad that has been dressed doesn’t usually keep for longer than a day as it tends to go soggy. So if you can, serve your salad plain with the dressing on the side so that guests can help themselves. This will keep the salad fresher for longer. However, if you have a dressed salad to use up, try and use it up the next day and maybe add a little extra to turn it into something new:
- Add leftover sliced meat to your potato, Caesar or garden salad
- Add leftover prawns to make a prawn salad (be careful with prawns to avoid food poisoning)
- Put them into a wrap for lunch
- Jazz it up into a new salad by adding pearl barley, chick peas, beans or beetroot
- Leftover meringues can be turned into “Eton mess”. Layer crumbed meringues with cream and berries.
- Leftover Christmas cake can be crumbled and placed into glass jars, layered with cream/custard, berries or fresh fruit. Drizzle with a little chocolate for pure indulgence.
- For everything else, just add chocolate. Everything tastes better with chocolate!