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23 Easy and Delicious Christmas Leftover Recipes

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

potato, pea and ham salad sounds so good and a unique dish. I may cut back on the vinegar

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

Leftover Christmas Cake Parfaits — Sweetest Menu

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

Lobster Mac and Cheese Recipe

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

Leftover turkey banh mi

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.



Croque Madame

The Thanksgiving Leftovers Croque Madame | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

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!


Turkey Korma

A great way to use your Christmas leftovers - make this crowd pleasing leftover turkey Korma curry to serve with golden rice

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

Leftover 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?


Turkey Soup

Leftover turkey soup is the perfect way to use up your Thanksgiving and Christmas turkey! Fragrant broth with noodles and topped with a soft boiled egg will get rid of your post holiday blues. #leftovers #christmas #thanksgiving #christmasleftovers #thanksgivingleftovers #turkey #leftoverturkey #turkeysoup #turkeyramen #soup #winter #comfortfood #thecookreport

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

Hot Ham and Onion Jam Rolls with Molten Cheese - These rolls were a huge hit when I was coming up with recipes to use leftover Christmas ham. Place these on the table and watch them disappear! Great with a cold beer.

Recipe Dish

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

Mulled Wine Jelly Candies Recipe from Taste of Home

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.




Turkey Nachos

Love Christmas dinner and Nachos? Today I am sharing a dish you could make for your Christmas night tea with any leftover Turkey fr...

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

Leftover Mincemeat Fruitcake 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

PEA AND HAM CROQUETTES WITH FIERY AIOLI: Turn leftover Christmas ham into finger food for a crowd with these tasty croquettes.

Recipe Delicious

These tasty croquettes are so easy to make. Remember, for the best looking croquettes, chill the croquettes for at least 15 minutes before frying




Turkey Hash


Recipe Pickled Plum

Fancy waking up to this ?




Candy Cane Cupcakes

A crunchy, pepperminty, Christmas twist on a cupcake! Perfect for using up leftover candy canes.

Recipe Food to Love

If case you are wondering what to do with the leftover Candy Canes. Colorful & crunchy – amazing!




Turkey & Cranberry Puff

Spiced Leftover Turkey Cranberry Pastries - a simple, yet delicious way to use up those leftovers from Christmas dinner! | eatloveeats.com

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

Christmas Leftover Recipes: Christmas Pudding Truffles with Rum | Veggie Desserts Blog

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

braised lamb w/dried fruit // grace parisi | food & wine (sub cherry preserves)

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

Traeger Roast Beef Bowl | Easy Leftover Roast Recipe

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

Cook deep trout fish cakes with lemon butter and chive sauce

Recipe Metro

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

turkey stuffing and cranberry quesadilla

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.




Eggnog Macarons

Candy Cane Macarons

Recipe Tartlette

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!




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