Transform leftover Christmas turkey, ham, Christmas pudding, mince pies and more into new meals to feed a crowd with our easy recipes for Christmas leftovers
Christmas leftovers give you a feast to look forward to on Boxing Day. There’s nothing quite like getting up on Boxing Day knowing that you don’t have to do any real cooking.
It’s normal to have Christmas leftovers as it can be hard to plan exactly how much you need when you’re feeding more people than you’re used to, but putting them to good use means you get another day of meals sorted.
There’s more to Christmas leftovers than turkey sandwiches. Try some new and original ideas to make sure everything gets eaten, whether it’s transforming the roast turkey into a curry or stir-fry, making bubble and squeak from leftover roast trimmings or making a whole new dessert out of mince pies. Our Christmas leftovers recipes include ideas for leftover ham, duck, salmon and Christmas pudding as well as the usual turkey and trimmings. With these recipes, nothing will go in the bin!
Make sure leftovers are left to cool as quickly as possible before it they are wrapped with cling film and stored in the fridge, where they will keep for 2 days.
Hugh Fearnley-Whiitingstall has shared his nut satay turkey recipe, which is a fresh take on turkey leftovers – and a lot more interesting than a sandwich! Make a roast turkey into something more exotic with this Asian-inspired recipe that goes really well with a fresh, leafy green salad or even rice. Give your Christmas leftovers a bit of a shake-up with some of these super simple leftover recipes.
You have so many options to choose from when it comes to using up your Christmas leftovers. From a creamy risotto to use up leftover ham, to lighter salads for when you can’t handle another indulgent meal, we’ve got all the recipes you might need to use up your Christmas leftovers.
Click through to find our recipes for Christmas leftovers…
There’s no better way to make use of leftover roast potatoes and veg than with a bubble and squeak rosti. Give this recipe a go for a quick and easy leftovers solution – they’re ideal on Boxing day when you’ve got loads of veg left over.
If your family were too full by the time the dessert came round on Christmas Day and you have loads of mince pies left over, why not try this ingenious mince pie ice cream recipe. Made from crushed mince pies and ice cream, it’s a really tasty dessert option that couldn?t be easier and makes use of any leftover mince pies you’ve got.
The aromatic flavour of red Thai curry paste is the perfect match for turkey in our turkey butternut squash curry recipe. Forget a boring turkey sandwich, this is such a delicious and original way to use up your leftover turkey that the whole family will love. It’s fab served with steamed rice.
Everyone too full for the cheeseboard at Christmas? This cheese and ham red wine risotto recipe is a delicious way to use up luxe leftovers. It’s creamy, comforting and really delicious. Plus it’s got a really fab colour you don’t normally get – it’s a recipe well worth trying.
Turn smoked salmon trimmings into this smart smoked salmon tart recipe, worthy of any New Year’s Eve party. We always have smoked salmon in the fridge during the festive period, and this is a really easy and original way to use it up if you don’t fancy having it for breakfast.
Still feeling stuffed from Christmas dinner the night before? Use up leftover duck with this duck and healthy greens salad for a lighter, healthier option. You’ll get some of your much-needed 5-a-day back into your diet after days of over-indulging.
This simple turkey stir-fried rice recipe is packed with flavour – what a way to stir the senses after indulgent Christmas food! It’s the perfect recipe if you’re fed up of being stuck in the kitchen and are looking for a speedy recipe that’ll make the most of your leftovers from the night before.
Whether you try this ham and potato cakes recipe for brunch or a light lunch, it’s a delicious way to use leftover ham. Served with a poached egg over the potato cakes, this recipe is perfect for a lazy brunch and just as lovely with a side salad if you want to eat it later on in the day.
If you’ve had duck instead of turkey (or both!) and are stuck for ideas what to do with it, give this roast duck noodle soup a go – it’s perfectly warming on a cold day. It’s filling and packed with flavour, with a bit of an Asian influence. The ideal healthy way to use up Christmas leftovers – plus, it’ll blitz any sort of cold you might have!
Cheese on toast with attitude! Our Welsh rarebit with ham recipe is the perfect simple supper after the rush of Christmas, plus it makes use of any roast ham you may have left over. Dish this up any time of the day, it’s such a hit, no one will complain!
Everyone loves this indulgent Italian classic, which is usually made with pancetta – but this ham carbonara recipe is a great way to use up any leftover Christmas ham. This really is comfort food at its finest.
A colourful dish, light but full of flavour – this rice noodle salad with hot smoked salmon recipe is so refreshing! You can easily enjoy this dish hot or cold and is full of lovely flavours and colours and plenty of vitamins and nutrients.
Use up leftover veg and duck with this duck hominy hash. Delicous and filling, it’s made with duck fat, duck and potatoes, so it makes for a really rich lunch option. To lighten it up, you might want to serve it up on a bed of salad leaves.
All the flavour of the now-traditional post-Christmas curry, but without the fat! Use leftover turkey instead if you have it left over and enjoy our lightened up chicken korma recipe guilt-free.
Crispy pancetta (or leftover Christmas ham), crunchy nuts and juicy fruit give this vibrant, fresh salad a satisfying texture. Our crunchy pancetta and hazelnut salad with warm balsamic dressing recipe is perfect as part of a buffet or as a diet-friendly lunch.
Miniature bites that are just as good for brunch as a nibble with champagne, your guests will love this mini smoked salmon and chive frittatas recipe. Just as good at a party as they are served up instead of an omelette for brunch, this recipe is so quick and easy, it’s ready in 20 minutes.