Let’s face it, the Christmas season is that one season where we spend a lot of money. Most of us can’t really afford to waste food or spend anymore unnecessarily. To keep spending well within one’s budget, organisation and planning play an essential role. With food, it is easy to get carried away and buy more than what’s needed. The saddest thing is when these food goes to waste due to lack of thought and planning. It’s like throwing cold hard cash away. With a bit of creativity and effort, there are plenty of ways to transform leftover turkey, ham and other foods that are sitting in the fridge, into unique and tasty Christmas inspired leftover dishes. Plus, you can use the extra time to rest rather than whipping up new sets of meals-from-scratch! Here’s 23 easy and delicious Christmas leftover recipes for the holiday season.
Top Tips to Cooking with Christmas Leftovers
- Before placing your meat into the fridge, remove bones, carcass, skin, oil, and fats of these meats. Store these ‘unwanted’ parts separately
- Use these ‘unwanted’ parts to make delicious stock/broth/soup
- Make sure to store these correctly, with dates and separated from raw food.
- Invest on good tupperware to put these amazing leftovers nicely
- Keep staples to add to your leftover handy in the pantry and freezer; such as puffed pastry, canned beans, pasta and spices
- Excess fruits and vegetables could last longer when made into jams, chutney, compote or compote
Potato, Pea & Ham Salad
Recipe Donna Hay
Adding salads to your leftover is a brilliant option if you are wanting to go back to eating clean and healthy, at the same time without wasting any of the leftovers. Combine it with a light dressing and you found yourself a winning dish!
Christmas Cake Parfaits
Recipe Sweetest Menu
If you are on the side of the world that celebrates Christmas in the summer, this rich cold dessert using leftover Christmas cake/pudding is a delicious option.
Lobster Mac & Cheese
Recipe : Olivemagazine
It does not get any more Australian ‘the day after Christmas’ with this. Leftover barbequed lobster aka crayfish , leftover cheese from your cheeseboard and a little bit of mac(aroni). Perfect on a warm, Boxing Day arvo.
Turkey Bánh Mì
Recipe : Jamie Oliver
Bastardise you Christmas leftovers with a bit of an Asian twist with this fusion turkey-leftover Bánh mì. It’s not difficult really, make sure to incorporate ingredients synonymous with Asian food you are familiar with, such as Sriracha sauce, mint leaves and ginger.
Turkey, Carrot & Parsnip Quiche
Recipe : Amelia Freer
If you are after something light after all that heavy eating. A quiche is always a go-to dish. You can make it in advance and freeze it for when you have unexpected guests or for light lunch.
Recipe Half Baked Harvest
What a sexy way to wake up to Boxing day or New Years Day mid-morning/afternoon. This, coupled with a tall glass of bloody mary is a sure fire way to cure than pounding hangover!
Recipe Supergolden Bakes
If you are bored of the usual Madras-style curry, this korma recipe is a milder take on the usual hot curry. Still rich in spices and wonderfulness, you can eat this with rice and naan bread. A great dinner on a cold night.
Christmas Pudding Strudel with Salted Caramel Rum Butter
Recipe The Sugar Hit
What a genius way to use up a few of your Christmas leftovers all in one, sinfully delicious dessert! This is what to love about the holiday season – time off, binge watch a tv show on Netflix, accompanied by this dessert. Diet? what diet?
Recipe The Cook Report
There’s something about this Turkey Soup noodles. Its sorta ramen sorta pho. Most importantly it would be good for you on one of those cold December where you might feel a bit fuzzy and a little flu-ey.
Hot Ham & Onion Jam Rolls with Molten Cheese
I don’t know about you, but there’s something about the holiday season that makes me always hungry. So, these little rolls is perfect to keep the hunger pangs at bay, and to use up the leftover bread rolls & ham. Your kids would love it too!
Mulled Wine Candies
Recipe Taste of Home
Enjoy your Christmas Mulled Wine well into the new year with this mulled wine candies. It will be a hit among the adults we promise you.
Recipe Claire Justine Oxox
Need to whip up a quick TV dinner/snack to have while watching your favourite Christmas movies and Christmas reruns ? These nachos will surely hit the spot!
Mince Pies Cookies
Recipe The White Ramekins
What a great way to use up leftover mince pies. I would usually freeze them until I make another set of mince pies (like in February!), but this can certainly be made and enjoyed by everyone as a treat.
Pea & Ham Croquettes
These tasty croquettes are so easy to make. Remember, for the best looking croquettes, chill the croquettes for at least 15 minutes before frying
Recipe Pickled Plum
Fancy waking up to this ?
Candy Cane Cupcakes
Recipe Food to Love
If case you are wondering what to do with the leftover Candy Canes. Colorful & crunchy – amazing!
Turkey & Cranberry Puff
Recipe Eat Love Eats
Using up Christmas leftovers does not get any easier than this. Its an oldie but a goodie. You cannot go wrong with stuffing everything you have in the fridge into puff pastries. They all ended up turning into magic yum! But these Turkey & Cranberry are comforting , popular and a great way to finish off those leftover Turkey lurking in the fridge. (And great to keep frozen for next time too!)
Christmas Pudding Truffles
Recipe Veggie Desserts
If you are getting straight back to your diet after Christmas, perhaps a portion controlled option such as these amazing Christmas Truffles would be a great way to use up leftovers without going over with your calorie intake.
Braised Lamb Chop with Dried Fruit
Recipe Food and Wine
The amazing things ingredients can do. Use up your leftover cherries (cherries are magnificent in Australia at this time of the year), leftover dried fruit and any leftover wines to create this elegant lamb dish.
Roast Beef Bowl
Recipe Or Whatever You Do
There’s something about one comfort food into another comfort food. Use leftover Christmas Roast beef and gravy into these moorish roast beef bowl.
Fish Cakes with Lemon Butter
Keep your leftover seafood lasting longer with these fish cakes. These fish cakes are versatile as you can use other leftover seafood (crab/scallop/prawns) or mix it together with the fish. You can eat it on its own, with some salads or even with nicely toasted brioche bun and smoked cheese.
Turkey, Stuffing & Cranberry Quesadillas
Recipe Deals Plus
Stuffing is one of the foods that are mostly ‘leftover’ in my house and I just don’t seem to know what to do with it. Luckily, this exciting quesadilla recipe gives a little uniqueness to otherwise a traditional Christmas ingredient.
These eggnog macarons are so pretty, why should one wait till after Christmas to enjoy it! In fact, make em, and have it with another eggnog creation, like eggnog latte. Talk about going overboard with the ‘nog!