10 creative ways to use up your Christmas dinner leftovers

After Christmas day has been and gone, you might find yourself left with huge amounts of leftover food, as most of us are guilty of making far too much food on the big day

Tuesday, 22nd December 2020, 2:25 pm
Do you always have loads of leftovers?

Instead of resigning yourself to eating the same leftovers for the rest of the week, check out these 10 tips to use up your leftovers in other ways you may not have considered.

This is a classic solution to using up your Christmas dinner leftovers - channel your inner Monica and Ross Gellar from Friends and put together the ultimate Boxing Day lunch. Stack up leftover meat, veggies, cranberry sauce, and don’t forget the moist-maker - the layer of gravy soaked bread tactfully situated in the middle of the sandwich.
You might be surprised by how many of your Christmas dinner leftovers are suitable for freezing. Things like ham, turkey and other cooked meats are all suitable for freezing, as well as cooked vegetables, although keep in mind freezing them can change their texture once they’re thawed. After dinner treats like biscuits, Christmas cake and even hard cheese can also be frozen too.

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If you weren’t able to finish off your Christmas day cheese board, then the best way to use up those leftovers is to incorporate them into the best ever mac and cheese you’ve ever had. Make your mac and cheese as usual and melt your choice of cheeses to make an amazing cheese sauce. You can also add any leftover meat or veggies you like as well - what doesn’t taste good when covered in melted cheese?
Soup is a game changing recipe for when you’ve got ingredients to use up, such as leftovers. No matter what meat or veggies you have lying around after Christmas, you’ll be able to whip up an amazing soup.
For many of us, Christmas isn’t complete without Christmas pudding. If you weren’t able to get through all of the Christmas pudding this year, you can repurpose those leftovers into a brand new dessert - cake pops. Just crumble up your pudding, combine with frosting, roll into balls and decorate with whatever you please, like melted chocolate. You can also do this same recipe with any other cakes you have leftover, like Christmas cake.
If you’ve got some leftover mashed potatoes that you don’t know what to do with, the good news is that you’re already halfway to making your own gnocchi at home. Gnocchi is a type of Italian dumpling made from potato, and it's delicious. To make it, all you’ll need is your mashed potatoes, eggs, flour and salt. Once you’ve got a dough, cut into shapes and boil until they float. From there, top with whatever sauce you like and dinner is done.
While brussels sprouts might not be the most popular thing on our plates, they're actually incredibly good for us, so you might want to try and figure out a way to use them up this Christmas. Try whipping yourself up a superfood smoothie by blitzing together brussels sprouts, a banana, kale, water and some lemon juice.
If you’re faced with an abundance of food you don’t know what to do with, you can’t go wrong with incorporating it all into a hearty dish of bubble and squeak. Mash up leftover potatoes, add your leftover vegetables and meat, season nicely and press your mixture into a lightly oiled muffin tin. Bake for around 40 minutes at 180C, or until golden and crispy.
There are other ways of using up your leftovers without having to eat them. For example, you can make your very own at home facial mask using carrots. Mash up boiled or steamed carrots, mix with honey, extra virgin olive oil and a few drops of lemon juice and you have yourself a face mask that is perfect for those with normal or oily skin.
If you’ve had your fill of chocolates over the festive season and can’t imagine eating any more, you can also use them up in a non edible way. Simply mix together some sugar, coconut oil, vanilla and chocolate shavings and you have yourself an exfoliating body scrub.