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Love your leftovers Posted On 27 December 2021

 

Inspiration for Christmas dinner leftovers

 

Everyone knows Christmas is all about the leftovers, but this year why not be a little more creative with those delicious festive morsels? According to Unilever's Project Sunlight, 4.2 million Christmas dinners are wasted every year - don't let yours be one of them!

 

Pile it high

Sometimes simple is best. Pile up all your favourite leftovers in a towering sandwich that’s fit for a bank holiday feast. To take things up a notch, grab inspiration from America with a French dip turkey sandwich idea, it's not only packed with turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and sprouts, but also oozing cheese and a gravy on the side for dunking. 

 

Spice up your turkey

Every year, 7.9m slices (263,000 turkeys) are wasted every year. To prevent yours going to waste, carve any leftovers straight away, cool to room temperature and then transfer to an airtight container in the fridge or freezer. After all the classic flavours of Christmas Day, that leftover turkey meat is crying out for some zingy spice to give it a new lease of life. A turkey curry is a classic and you can make it as hot as you like by varying the curry paste you use.

 

Bring on brunch

Thick slices of gammon and ham are the perfect base for a hearty brunch to set you up for full-on family days and chilly winter walks. Chop into an omelette or make an indulgent cheese and egg-topped croque madame.

 

Mix and match cheese

A Christmas cheeseboard may mean you're left with lots of odds and ends of different cheeses that you're not sure what to do with. Turn them into something substantial with a classic cauliflower cheese, hearty mac and cheese (which could also use up your leftover ham) or a super comforting bowl of cheese, potato and onion soup. All are ideal for an easy winter dinner. 

 

Make a hash of it

Leftovers are meant for throwing together with minimal effort which is where the humble hash comes into its own. Crushing together cooked potatoes, veg and meat then baking or frying creates something comforting and rustic that's equally good for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

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