Christmas pizza anyone? How to turn a fridge full of cling-filmed morsels into gastro goodies

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Boxing Day leftovers

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Turkey = Boxing banh-mi

banh mi tastes fantastic with its zingy Asian flavours, and this Vietnamese sarnie is especially welcome after the festive binge. Stuff a stonebaked ciabatta to bursting point with sliced turkey, shredded sprouts, grated carrot, sliced spring onions and fresh chilli. Drizzle on toasted sesame oil and sweet chilli sauce, then pack in the fresh coriander to finish. What a transformation.


And because there’s always SO much turkey left, here are 6 recipes for leftover turkey (that aren’t turkey curry).

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Ham = cranberry, turkey and ham pie

When in doubt, bung it all in a pie. And this one, with turkey, ham and leek all in a creamy white sauce, will have everyone oo-ing and ahh-ing. It sure looks Christmassy and indulgent, but the scrunched filo pastry and tangy fresh cranberries make it pretty skinny too. Seconds please.


Ham, egg and paprika-spiced chips, a quick frittata or this minty pea and ham hock soup are other tasty ways to use up leftover ham.

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Cranberry, turkey and ham pie

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Roasties and veg = bubble and squeak

Soggy potatoes and veg scraps can look seriously sorry for themselves, so give them some love and turn into classic bubble and squeak. Fried in salted butter and topped with a poached egg, they're leftover gold.


Veg still hanging around? Simmer on the hob with a tin of mixed beans and carton of toms until you've got a thick sauce, then use as a baked potato topping.

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Bubble and squeak

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Stuffing and pigs in blankets = Christmas pizza

Purists might frown but who cares, everyone loves a pizza and with all the flavours of Christmas this is an absolute winner. Top thin pizza bases (or even pittas) with passata, leftover veggies, stuffing and pigs in blankets. Throw on leftover stilton and grated cheddar from the festive cheeseboard. Anything goes.

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Cranberry sauce = the tangy brownie

Squidgy, gooey dark chocolate brownies laced with leftover cranberry sauce. Was there ever a finer match? Reduce the dark chocolate to 75g in this brownie recipe and stir 2 tablespoons of your homemade cranberry condiment into the melted chocolate. Continue with the rest of the recipe as normal. Sprinkle with pomegranate seeds or dried rose petals before serving, and drizzle with melted white chocolate. Will sure look pretty.

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Cranberry and chocolate brownies

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Christmas cheese = cheeseboard figgy tart

Nibbled, crumbled and chutney-smeared, a leftover Christmas cheeseboard can look a bit ropy. Throw the odds and ends into this fig and thyme tart (instead of the goats’ cheese) and turn cheesy scraps into a thing of beauty. Cheesy leftovers are also delicious in creamy risottos too, and the rice and hearty stock are soft on hungover tummies.

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Cheeseboard figgy tart

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Christmas pudding = roasted fruit trifle

We either love it or hate it but either way, after stuffing your face with turkey and trimmings, there’s bound to be some Christmas pudding left. Slice or crumble what you’ve got into a serving bowl, top with jammy soft fruits then lashings of custard and cream. Not to be trifled with. 


Of course, you can just fry Christmas pudding in brandy butter and eat it for brekkie. We won’t tell if you don’t.

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Roasted fruit trifle

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Panettone = luxe bread and butter pudding

A fashionable alternative for Christmas pud-phobes, this traditional Italian sweet bread keeps for weeks. That said, it being the size of a chef’s hat you might want to mix things up a bit instead of chomping through it as is. Full of fruit and ready spiced, panettone makes a sumptious bread and butter pudding. Add extra rum-soaked raisins, leftover mincemeat or a few dollops of chocolate spread to make it even more naughty.


Panettone's also great for eggy bread or toasted and dipped into hot milky coffee.

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Panettone bread and butter pudding

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Mincemeat = gluten-free streusel tart

Been given a jar of mincemeat? Or maybe you’ve made too much. Use it up in Pippa Kendrick’s streusel tart and serve with vanilla ice cream or crème fraîche sprinkled with grated orange zest. Just use ordinary flour if you don’t need to go gluten-free. 


For a savoury surprise, stuff chicken breasts with mincemeat, wrap in bacon and bake in the oven until piping hot and cooked through. Easiest stuffing ever.

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Gluten-free mincemeat streusel tart

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