Christmas leftover Ideas

There’s always leftovers at Christmas and if like us you hate wasting food, check out these easy leftover ideas. We’ve focused on four main items, turkey, veg, cheese and Christmas pudding. Alternatively if you’ve always secretly wanted to try the scraps test on Masterchef (we have) just go with the flow when you open your fridge on Boxing Day.

Leftover Christmas Pudding Ideas

Nigel Slater Christmas Pudding Ice Cream

We saw this on a recent BBC repeat and although we can’t find the recipe on the internet it’s so simple you don’t actually need to see it.


Take some leftover brandy butter (normal butter will do if you don’t have Brandy)

Melt in a pan

Crumble in leftover christmas pudding and warm through

Spoon over vanilla ice cream

(you can also add a splash of brandy if you want to)

Leftover Turkey Ideas

Jamie Oliver’s Turkey and Sweet Leek Pie

This fabulous and easy pie looks amazing! make with tons of sweet melt in the mouth leeks and a puff pastry with chestnuts – what’s not to like.

British Turkey’s Crispy Hoisin Turkey Pancakes 

What a great idea. Make our leftover turkey meat into a crispy duck substitute and serve with pancakes, spring onion and cucumber – yum!

BBC Good Food’s Turkey and Potato Curry

We had to have a curry recipe in this blog post. Have a go at this one from BBC Good Food.

Leftover Veg Ideas

Jamie Oliver’s Veggie Fish Finger Sandwich

Such a simple idea but with a good old Jamie Oliver twist.

Sainsbury’s Bubble and Squeak

Christmas isn’t Christmas without bubble and squeak. We love this beautiful version from Sainsbury’s.

Leftover Cheese Ideas

Good Housekeeping’s Cherry tomato and Goats Cheese Tart

Make the most of shop bought pastry by whipping up this lovely tart for a family meal post Christmas day.

Good Housekeeping’s Croque Monsieur

What better way to use up your cheese board and Christmas ham than on this french classic.