26 November , 2015

The most common question I get asked as a Chef during the season is - what can I do with my Christmas leftovers? Well here are some clever ideas that will turn leftovers into new and delicious meals:

  1. Ham, turkey or chicken have multiple uses. The first thing is to cover the ham with a moist tea towel or damp ham bag to prevent it from drying out in the fridge and to wrap chicken or turkey with cling film.
  2. Leftover ham or poultry slices are great for a toasted sandwich or focaccia with a good relish or chutney on Boxing Day.
  3. Dice or slice the ham or poultry up (or both) and add 1 cup of stock with 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise, add 1 cup of defrosted frozen peas, some chopped capsicum or tomato and some fresh parsley and cracked pepper and serve with some garden salad leaves to make a fantastic summer salad.
  4. Shred the cooked chicken or pork leftovers up and make sliders with your favourite toppings. Warm the meat in a pan with 1 cup of stock and some BBQ sauce or use our slider recipe and just replace meat with cooked leftovers.
  5. Make a great batter with 1 cup of stock, 1/3 cup of flour, 1 tablespoon of seeded mustard, mix together and coat some of the sliced ham in flour. Coat in the batter and fry the pieces in a frying pan. Serve with roasted vegetables to make a tasty meal.
  6. Freeze the ham bone and make a great pea and ham soup in the autumn or winter season.
  7. If you have leftover seafood, make sure you store it away after lunch. Peel the prawns and de-shell the mussels in order to make a delicious seafood pie. Just make the sauce, fold in your seafood and top with puff pastry (check out our Campbell’s Kitchen recipe).
  8. If you have leftover vegetables you could combine to make a great tasting gratin or bake. Make a white sauce using stock, then pour sauce over vegetables, top with cheese and bake for tasty lunch.

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