Five Awesome Meals Your Xmas Leftovers Can Be Made Into

By : Alex Mays |


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With a Christmas hangover ultimately setting in, you’ve probably stuffed yourself silly with too much food. But it’s more than likely that you have some left…

Ditch the crappy leftover turkey sandwiches on Boxing Day, as we’ve come up with a few ideas that a bit more creative and will be a lot more exciting. Maybe even better than your Christmas lunch… just saying.

Hot & Sour Soup

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(Serves 4)


– 1 litre chicken stock
– 300ml water
– 6 sticks lemongrass, lightly crushed
– 100g fresh ginger (peeled and sliced)
– 8 tomatoes, cut into quarters, seeds removed
– 6 kaffir lime leaves
– Juice of 2 limes
– 3 red chillies, thinly sliced
– 75ml fish sauce
– 75g brown sugar
– 2 large shallots (thinly sliced)
– 1 carrot (peeled and cut into thin strips)
– 800g leftover turkey meat
– ¼ green cabbage (shredded)
– Fresh coriander (roughly chopped)


1. Add all the ingredients apart from the coriander and cabbage to a large pan, bring to the boil and simmer for 30 minutes.

2. Add the cabbage for another 5 minutes.

3. Take the soup off the heat and top with the fresh coriander to serve.

Bubble & Squeak

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(Serves 4)


– 200g leftover turkey (shredded)
– 200g leftover roast potatoes
– 100g leftover brussel sprouts or cabbage
– 100g leftover root vegetables
– 1 egg yolk
– Plain flour
– 4 eggs


1. Blitz all the leftovers together in a blender. Add an egg yolk to bind the mixture.

2. Season and shape the bubble and squeak cakes, before leaving in the fridge for 30 minutes to firm up.

3. Dust in flour then fry in hot oil until crispy on both sides and hot throughout.

4. Serve with a fried egg and a bit of salad. Happy days.

Leftover Vegetable Curry

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(Serves 4)


– 2 tbsp vegetable oil
– 1 onion (finely sliced)
– Thumb-sized piece fresh ginger (peeled and finely sliced)
– 6 garlic cloves (finely chopped)
– 2-3 red chillies (finely sliced)
– 1 tsp turmeric
– 1 star anise
– 1 tbsp ground coriander
– 1 tbsp cumin
– 500g leftover vegetables
– 400ml coconut milk
– 1 tsp tamarind paste
– 100g frozen peas
– Small handful fresh coriander (roughly chopped)

Turkey Fajitas

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(Serves 4)


– 400g leftover turkey (cut into strips)
– 1 red and 1 green pepper (deseeded and sliced into strips)
– 1 onion (sliced)
– 3 cloves of garlic (crushed and finely chopped)
– 1 tbsp smoked paprika
– 1 tsp cajun spice
– 1 tsp ground cumin
– 1 tsp ground coriander
– Small handful of fresh coriander (roughly chopped)
– Juice of 2 limes
– Soft flour tortillas
– Sour cream
– Guacamole
– Ready-made salsa


1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan, add the onion, peppers and garlic and stir fry for 5 minutes until the vegetables are softened.

2. Add the leftover turkey, and cook for a further 2 minutes until the turkey is heated through.

3. Turn the heat down to low, add the spices and stir fry for 30 seconds. Then add the lime juice and cook for a further 1-2 minutes, stirring.

4. Remove from the heat. Warm the flour tortillas. To serve, spoon the turkey mixture in the centre, top with sour cream, guacamole and salsa and roll it up.

Korean Rice Pot

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(Serves 4)


– 250g long grain rice
– Thumb-sized piece of ginger (peeled and sliced)
– 1 red chilli (sliced)
– 1 tbsp soy sauce
– 1 tsp dark soy sauce
– 1 tbsp fish sauce
– 300g leftover turkey (diced)
– 250g baby spinach
– 2 carrots (peeled and shredded)
– 1 tsp sesame oil
– 1 tsp toasted sesame seeds
– 2 tbsp vegetable oil
– 4 eggs
– Thick chilli sauce


1. Pour the chicken stock, soy sauce, and fish sauce, ginger and chilli into a large pan and bring to the boil.

2. Add the rice and turkey. Bring the mix back to the boil and simmer for 15 minutes until the stock has been absorbed and the rice is cooked.

3. Put the spinach in a colander and pour over boiling water to wilt the spinach. Keeping the spinach and carrots separate, lightly dressed with sesame oil and seeds.

4. Cover the now cooked rice and leave it to sit for a few minutes whilst you crack on with the eggs. Heat the oil in a pan over a high hear and fry the eggs until the white crisps up around the edge.

5. To serve, spoon the rice into large bowls and place the spinach and carrots on tops. Finish with the fried egg and a bit of chilli sauce.


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