Before Christmas we gave you a few ideas on how to use up some of your leftovers (click here to view), so I thought I’d show you what I rustled up with ours. I never plan set meals after Christmas, I always plan to survive on food that was leftover, plus whatever else I can create from the fridge, freezer and pantry. This is something I want to improve on this year, so stay tuned…..
Antipasto Pizza – 26 December
This is our Boxing Day tradition. I served an antipasto platter on Christmas Eve as part of our nibbles, and had a few things leftover. As we had different foods planned for Christmas Day, I made sure that any Christmas Eve leftovers were eaten Boxing Day, or else frozen. From the platter, we used up some of the dip, crackers, dolmades etc at lunchtime, and then used the meats, cheese and olives on our pizzas. Click here to get the recipe.
Not Technically Bubble and Squeak – 27 December
To use up the leftover Christmas Day roast lunch, I made a sort-of bubble and squeak. I chopped the leftover roast potatoes and chipolatas, and fried them gently to heat through, then added the leftover corn some steamed green beans, ham and turkey. Served with reheated gravy (just add a little water to loosen) and it was utterly delicious.
Homemade Spring Rolls – 28 December
I had made a wombok salad on Christmas Eve and had the bottom third of two womboks leftover. The chickens had some of the outer leaves, but I made some homemade spring rolls with the remaining soft leaves of cabbage. This worked out a super cheap meal as I only had to buy the spring roll pastry (around $2.30 in Woolworths, in the freezer section). It made 20 spring rolls so there was plenty for lunch the next day too, serve with a salad and sweet chilli or soy sauce. Click here for the recipe.
Homemade Pasties; Three Ways – 29 December
- Balsamic onions, marinated feta and base mix (adults)
- Cranberry sauce, cheese and base mix (kids)
- Cheese and base mix tossed in tomato sauce (future lunches)
I have placed two packs of leftover Christmas ham in the freezer to use in January, but still had one pack left that either had to be eaten today, or else frozen as well. Homemade pasties were the answer! This is something my mother makes fairly regularly and freezes for lunches, so I thought I’d adapt it using what I have. I made 12 pasties in total as I went a bit overboard with the potatoes and carrots. This used up the last pack of ham as well as the last of the marinated feta and cranberry sauce. Click here for the recipes.
Stay tuned for more thrifty food ideas in the new year…..