Christmas is a time to indulge. From rich Christmas pudding to salacious pigs in blankets; soft panettone to crunchy, buttery vegetables, the Christmas Day feast is unmistakably the highlight of the festive season – forget the gifts!
However, despite how delicious the food tastes (because it always tastes so good), you can guarantee that there will be leftovers. After all the excitement of Christmas Day, Boxing Day brings with it a time of relaxing and enjoying the festivities, and so it’s the perfect day to reinvent some Christmas classics using leftover ingredients.
Spending less time baking things from scratch doesn’t mean the dishes you concoct won’t taste as good. In fact, we think some foods taste even better the next day!
To help you serve some of the best Christmas classics – using leftovers, we’ve found several fantastic recipes, giving you mouth-watering food that your customers (or guests!) will enjoy.
1. Boxing Day soup
Aptly named after 26th December, Boxing Day soup includes all your favourite vegetable leftovers. Whatever you have, whether its carrots, sprouts, parsnips or squash, add them in, alongside turkey and stock. Taking just 35-minutes and with more ingredients for extra flavour, you’ll have a delicious, warming soup in no time. Serve with crusty sliced bread.
2. Christmas pudding ice cream
Creamy, rich and Christmassy. If you happen to be left with Christmas pudding after all the festivities have finished, we would certainly recommend turning it into delightful ice cream. Simply mix together custard and whipped cream, before stirring in crumbled Christmas pudding. Then, freeze, until you have the perfect consistency. Why not add in liquor to create your own rum and raisin ice cream?
3. Succulent turkey casserole
Turkey recipes are ten a penny, but this one-pot turkey casserole is really simple to make and provides a comforting winter dish with so many flavours. Leftover vegetables recommended include roast potatoes, parsnips and carrots, which are stirred into mustard, honey and stock, accompanied by shredded turkey.
4. Nutella and panettone bread pudding
Panettone, the Italian Christmas bread loaf, is deliciously sweet, filled with currants, fruit and, in some cases, chocolate. If you do happen to have some of this soft bake left, why not turn it into an even more extravagant, heavenly dessert? To create this chocolate haven, break your panettone into big chunks and place into a greased oven dish. Drop in scoops of Nutella, and cover with gently whisked eggs, sugar, milk and cream. Then, bake!
5. Bubble and squeak covered shepherd’s pie
Bubble and squeak is a firm favourite across the country. Lightly frying your leftovers will create a firm, delicious savoury cake, to eat for breakfast, lunch or tea. But, have you ever experimented with this tasty snack before? Well, now you can! Why not make a shepherd’s pie and replace the mashed potato on top with bubble and squeak? This provides a crunchy and flavour-filled topping – all the while making full use of your leftovers!
What ways have you re-used your leftovers? We want to know! Tweet us with your handy tips and Christmas creations!