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Waste Free Christmas: Lovely Leftover Recipes

10/12/18

We’re all trying to do our bit to cut down on food waste so one problem we all face at Christmas is what to do with the leftovers, re-heat it the next day? Throw it in a pan and make a Christmas fry up? Fear not! We’ve got some quick and easy recipes that make great use of your leftovers. So, grab yourself a pen, some paper and get ready to take notes…



The Ultimate Christmas Sandwich
This makes great use of the leftover Turkey, Stuffing and Gravy. What you’ll need is:

Ingredients

  • Leftover Turkey
  • Leftover Stuffing
  • Leftover Gravy
  • Edwards of Conwy Streaky Bacon
  • 1 Finely Chopped Onion
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Olive Oil
  • Thick Slices of Bread
  • Butter
  • Cheddar Cheese

Method

  1. Heat a little oil in a pan over a medium heat. Fry the onion until browned then add the cranberry sauce and fry for a few minutes longer.
  2. Cook the Streaky Bacon in a frying pan over a medium to high heat until golden and crisp. Set the bacon to the side then add the stuffing to the pan and fry until crisp.
  3. Butter each slice of bread on one side, then flip them over and put a tablespoon of gravy on the other side. Layer the gravy side with the turkey, stuffing, onion, cranberry, bacon and cheese then sandwich between the other gravy side of the bread.
  4. Pre heat the grill to high. Melt the rest of the butter in a pan on medium heat and fry the sandwiches until each side is golden, then put under the grill until the cheese is oozing.


Turkey Pasta Bake
This recipe uses what is left of your turkey and streaky bacon to make a creamy, cheesy pasta bake. A perfect choice for some Boxing Day comfort food.

Ingredients

  • Leftover Turkey
  • Edwards of Conwy Streaky Bacon
  • 1 Finely Chopped Onion
  • 300g Pasta (Penne)
  • 500g Pasta Sauce (which ever you prefer)
  • 150ml Double Cream
  • Grated Cheddar Cheese
  • Sunflower Oil Method

  1. Half fill a large saucepan with water and bring it to boil. Put in the pasta and cook until tender.
  2. Preheat your oven to 200°C. Lightly oil a large lasagne dish or oven proof dish.
  3. Heat oil in a large frying pan and fry the bacon and onion until lightly browned. Add the pasta sauce and cream then add a large ladleful of the pasta cooking water. Bring this to a simmer and stir in the turkey pieces.
  4. Drain the pasta then stir in the pasta sauce and turkey to the pan your pasta is in.
  5. Transfer all of this to the oven proof dish you prepared and top with your cheese. Leave this to bake for 15 – mins or until the cheese has melted and starting to brown.


Mac ’n’ Cheeseboard
We all love a good cheeseboard at Christmas, but what do you do with all the leftover cheese when everyone’s finished? This simple dish will make good use of the leftovers and you could also add some Edwards of Conwy Pork Sausages to this recipe if you want to mix things up a little.

Ingredients

  • 350g Pasta Shapes
  • Butter
  • 1 Garlic Clove Crushed
  • Teaspoon of Mustard Powder
  • 1⁄2 Teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons of Plain Flour
  • 500ml Milk
  • 250g of Mixed Cheeses

Method

  1. Fill a saucepan with water and bring to boil. Cook the pasta until tender.
  2. Melt the butter in another saucepan, add in the garlic and cook until softened. Add the mustard powder and cayenne pepper and cook for a further minute then add the flour and stir to make a paste, do this until the mix starts to bubble slightly.
  3. Take the pan off heat and slowly add the milk and start whisking so the sauce doesn’t become lumpy. Return to the heat and cook for a further 5 minutes until the sauce has thickened. Then add the cheeses until these have melted.
  4. Heat the oven to 180°C and then add the pasta into the sauce and mix together. Tip the pasta into a baking dish and top with some additional cheese. Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden and bubbling.


Bubble & Squeakmas
A fry up is always a popular choice on boxing day. Why not try this twist which combines bubble and squeak and the traditional fry up.

Ingredients

  • Olive Oil
  • Leftover Veg and Potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Field Mushrooms
  • Edwards of Conwy Bacon
  • Edwards of Conwy Sausages
  • Eggs

Method

  1. Preheat the grill to high. Put a little oil onto a frying pan over medium heat. Add the leftover veg and potatoes and start mashing them together. Cook for 15 – 20 mins and continue mashing them so they break down and become crisp on the bottom.
  2. Half the tomatoes and put these onto a tray with the sausages and place under a grill for 4 mins.
  3. Turn the sausages over then add the mushrooms to the tray face up. Lay the bacon onto the tray and cook these under the grill for 7 – 8 mins, or until the sausages are cooked through. When these are cooked, turn the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4 and put the tray at the bottom of the oven to keep the food warm.
  4. Make some spaces in the middle of the bubble and squeak so you can crack the eggs into these. Cook until the eggs are to your liking and then serve.

It’s not just the dinner which you can use the leftovers from. If you find yourself having too much Christmas Pudding left at the end of the day you can use that too! Christmas Cake Pops are the perfect party food…

Christmas Cake Pops


Ingredients
  • Leftover Christmas pudding
  • Marzipan
  • White, Milk or Dark Chocolate
  • Thin Lollipop Sticks
  • Optional Cake Toppings (i.e. Sprinkles)

Method

  1. Put the Christmas Pudding and Marzipan into a bowl and break down into crumbs. It should become moist enough for you to shape into balls but if not, add a little jam or buttercream icing until they become mouldable.
  2. Shape them into evenly sized balls and arrange them onto a tray lined with cling film or grease proof paper. Freeze/Chill them for 30 mins to an hour.
  3. When you are ready to decorate them, place the chocolate into a heat proof bowl and melt over a pan of boiling water. Put a lollipop stick into each cake pop and dip them in the melted chocolate. Do this several times to get good coverage. If you have cake toppings, decorate them now too.
  4. Place them upright in a tall glass and allow the chocolate time to harden.