Surely I can’t be the only one who cooks way too much for Christmas day.
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My theory is “it’s always better to have too much than not enough”. But being the frugal gal I am, I cannot bring myself to throw out the leftovers and certainly cannot serve up Christmas lunch again the next day.
So here are my thoughts on transforming those leftovers into fresh, delicious meals that no one will guess are making an encore.
First rule is to make sure you use any leftover prawns on Boxing Day. They won’t keep any longer.
- Try a fresh and tasty Prawn Noodle Salad or
- Slice the prawns in half and make my favourite Vietnamese Prawn Rice Paper Rolls.
Cooked chicken can last for 3 days in the fridge. Store it in an airtight container or zip-lock bag. Then try:
- Chicken and Nectarine Salad,
- Caesar Salad or
- Barbecued Chicken Pizza.
If you are a traditionalist when it comes to Christmas lunch and have the cooked roast feast, then here are some ideas for your leftover vegies:
- Pumpkin and Feta Salad
- Pumpkin and Spinach Frittata
- Potato Salad (sprinkle with leftover Christmas Ham)
- Green Bean Salad
- Quinoa Salad
Do you struggle with what to do with the leftover pork? It can be tricky but no one will see these coming:
- Hoisin Pork in Spring Onion Pancakes
- Pulled Pork Tacos
- Pork San Choi Bow
And there are only so many ham sandwiches you can face day-after-day. So when you have eaten all the ham you can eat, and you can’t face one more morsel, try:
- Ham, Carrot and Zucchini Frittata
- Potato Salad with Crispy Ham
- Ham, Tomato and Onion Frittata
Or, what about making Pea and Ham Soup – yes I know it is summer and it may seem crazy to talk about soup but the leftover ham and bone make a wonderful base for Pea and Ham Soup. Freeze the soup and have a nice surprise waiting for you when winter rolls around.
Last but not least, what to do with the leftover champagne (does that really exist?). Now I am sure you are thinking, ‘this girl is bonkers’, but if you just so happen to have 1/3 of a cup of leftover champagne, don’t toss it, make a decadent dessert of Strawberry Shortcakes.
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