Love not waste your Christmas leftovers
Turkey and stuffing sandwiches, ham and mustard rolls, roast potato hashbrowns … Christmas dinner leftovers can be the ingredients for yummy lunches and dinners for the next 3 days. As well as reducing food waste and costs, leftovers are all about holding onto the glow of Christmas Day.
Leftovers should be covered and stored in the fridge or freezer within 2 hours of cooking. Don’t eat food that has been standing at room temperature for more than 2 hours.
You can help leftover turkey, ham and other meat/poultry cool down by removing legs and cutting meat into smaller pieces. It’s important not to put food in the fridge or freezer when it is still warm, because it could raise the temperature and allow other foods to get too warm.
When all the meat is removed, you can boil the carcass with some carrots, onions and herbs to make delicious stock for soup.
When the meat has cooled, transfer it to an airtight container and put it in in the fridge. Use clean dishes and utensils to prevent cross-contamination. Leftovers stored in the fridge should be eaten within three days.
When freezing Christmas meats or stuffing, wrap them in heavy freezer wrap and put them in a container suitable for your freezer. Cooked meat will keep in the freezer for up to 6 months.
Reheating Christmas leftovers
Christmas leftovers, turkey and stuffing should only be reheated once. So only heat as much leftovers as you will eat straight away as you should not heat it again.
Leftovers should be reheated until they are piping hot all the way through. And Leftover gravy should be brought to a rolling boil
For more about planning to reduce food waste this Christmas go to StopFoodWaste.ie
Make the most of what’s left of your festive fare with these delicious leftover recipes.
Adrian Web’s leftover turkey curry with rice and naan bread
A tasty alternative recipe to use up leftover Christmas turkey.
Neven Maguire’s turkey and vegetable broth
A great way of using leftover turkey, as well as carrots and parsnips
Neven Maguire’s turkey, ham and potato pie
Combine your Christmas leftovers with a crème fraiche and mustard sauce for a comforting seasonal pie.
Neven Maguire’s turkey, rocket and pine nut pasta
Quick, easy and delicious – a Christmas leftovers favourite
Turkey and bacon hash brown bake
You might look at the remnants of your Christmas dinner and wonder what you can do with all this leftover food! This is a lovely recipe to use up leftover vegetables.
Turkey and butternut squash curry
A healthy recipe that contains 3 of your 5-a-day! This recipe featured on the RTE programme Operation transformation.
Turkey and leek pie
This pie is a brilliant way to use up leftover turkey or chicken and really is very simple to prepare. You can also make individual pies in 300ml / ½ pint dishes; just decrease the cooking time to 25 to 30 minutes.
Turkey noodle soup
This super-healthy turkey broth from the Wonky Spatula is just what you need to warm you through on Stephen's Day.
This pie is a brilliant way to use up leftover turkey or chicken and really very simple to prepare.
More leftovers recipes from StopFoodWaste.ie
Nutroast veggie couscous
This is a great accompaniment or serve as a main course with some grilled goats cheese. Can also be made using the left over Nut Roast.
Cranberry sauce brownies
This is a great quick recipe to finish off the cranberry sauce. You can add other festive leftovers such as nuts or dried fruit.
Bread and Butter pudding
The traditional way to use up leftover or slightly stale bread. You can add a bit of cranberry sauce to give it a seasonal touch.
Spinach and ham Greek pie
At Christmas time there is always plenty of leftover cheese that needs using up. For a vegetarian alternative replace the cooked ham with 225g sliced brown cap mushrooms which have been fried in butter until golden. Allow to cool before mixing with the cheese. This pie is also delicious served with a homemade tomato sauce.