Whether you’re drowning in chocolates, surrounded by unfinished cheese boards or have half a turkey lurking in the fridge, we’ve got clever ways of turning leftovers into a feast
A Boxing Day curry or loaded sarnie might be your first thought for the top festive bird, but don’t short-change this rich, succulent meat with old stand-bys. Try our family-friendly ideas infused with spice, fresh vegetables and plenty of warming flavour.
Help-yourself salad: Mix shredded turkey with salad leaves, crispy bacon and citrus fruit. Add nuts and pomegranate seeds, then drizzle with yoghurt or a zesty vinaigrette.
Thai-style noodles: Stir-fry shredded turkey with red onion, green beans, chilli and garlic. Add lime juice and Thai fish sauce, then cooked rice noodles. Top with mint and coriander.
Turkey burritos: Pile hot shredded turkey, sweetcorn, spring onions, black beans, chilli sauce and cooked rice in wraps with avocado and grated cheese.
One of the best things about entertaining is all the leftover varieties of cheese you find accumulating in the fridge, from the end of an excellent stilton to the last shavings of strong cheddar. Do them justice with our mix-them-up-quick cheesy fixes.
Mac and cheese: Add a little crumbled stilton to your cheese sauce to give this comfort-food classic a tangy edge.
Cheese on toast with a twist: Spread soft goat's cheese onto toasted baguette slices and serve with soup.
The creamiest dressing: Combine soured cream, buttermilk and mayonnaise, then mash in a handful of blue cheese with a dash of lemon juice – just the job for perking up green leaves.
Unless you and your family have the perfect harmonious balance between those who prefer soft centres and the hard-core devotees, you’re always going to have some leftover chocs in the bottom of the tin, so you’d better put them to good use.
Brioche sandwich: Make a sweet sarnie by slicing a brioche loaf into rounds and layering with pieces of chocolate. Warm in the oven until the chocolate has melted.
Quick chocolate milk: Blitz a selection of filled chocolates in a blender with milk for a deliciously moreish milkshake.
From-the-fridge squares: Melt squares of plain chocolate in a heatproof bowl and stir in crushed plain biscuits, leftover nuts and dried fruit, then chill for an easy rocky road.
Christmas pudding only gets better with age, so it won’t matter if you leave an unopened one in the cupboard for another year or two. But if you find yourself with some left over, these recipes will make the most of this sweet staple.
Sweet fry-up: Fry small bites of pudding until hot and crisp, then serve with brandy butter.
Special sundae: Top a scoop of vanilla ice cream with warmed, crumbled pudding, sweet sherry, chopped nuts and melted chocolate.
Truffles: Blitz slices of pudding in a food processor until crumbled, then stir in melted chocolate and sherry and roll it into balls. Decorate with melted white chocolate and a glacé cherry to look like mini Christmas puddings.
Editor: Emma Sleight