The same thing happens every year:
The whole family comes over to enjoy a delicious Christmas dinner, complete with all the starters, snacks and desserts that you’ve become accustomed to.
Everybody devours as much food as they can possibly handle! But, when you wake the following morning, you find that there's still a mountain of food leftover. Whatever will you do?!
Some people simply bin whatever they didn't manage to eat (how dare they!) but the smart ones among us know better…
Here are just a few ways you can make use of your Christmas Leftovers:
Christmas Dinner Butties
This one is a classic for a reason!
Much like many other leftovers from various meals throughout the year, whether you’ve opted for the traditional turkey or something a little different like beef or pork, Christmas dinner leftovers make exceptional butties!
Using the freshest, doughiest bread you can find (it needs to be thick, otherwise the whole thing will crumble under the weight!) cut yourself two thick slices and proceed to load them up with all the meats, potatoes and roasted vegetables you didn’t manage to tuck away the day before.
Add to this some hot leftover gravy and sweet side sauces and you’ve got yourself one heck of a mega meal!
Are you one of those people that loves making their own curries from scratch? Then you’ve probably heard this one before!
If you’ve got quite a lot of meat left over from your Christmas Dinner, rather than waste it why not turn it into a delicious curry?
This works for virtually any kind of meat you enjoy on December 25th and is a great way to completely transform an element from one dish into something totally the opposite.
Love a good tikka masala? Or how about a creamy korma? Whatever your desire, with a good amount of prep and the right herbs and spices you can make it happen!
Christmas Dinner Pie
A bit of a weird one, but yes, you read that right!
Looking for something inventive to do with your Christmas leftovers? This one does the trick every time!
Simply spoon all of your leftover potatoes, veggies and meats into a large baking dish and add a dash of your leftover Christmas gravy (not too much, otherwise the pie will be too soggy!) then simply layer your favourite pre-made pastry (puff pastry works well) over the top and pop it in the over until your pastry is an eye-catching golden brown and your fillings are warm and toasty.
A great way to impress guests on Boxing Day!
While we all enjoy our feasts on Christmas Day, it’s important to remember that there are thousands of people who won’t be enjoying such a merry Christmas this year.
That’s why, if you have any unopened foods that you havent managed to use on Christmas Day, it might be a good idea to donate them to your local food bank, shelter or similar.
You might be making someone’s Christmas a lot happier that it would have been, even with the smallest of donations.
Every little counts!