Christmas leftover inspiration

After the festive feast comes the leftovers. As much a part of Christmas as the mince pies and paper hats, there’s always plenty to go around come Boxing Day. This year, we’re thinking outside the veg box and beyond the turkey sandwich, to make sure that not a single crumb goes to waste. Our festive foodies have dreamed up some bestovers for your Christmas fare. Keep this little book handy as you feast your way through those famous twelve days of the festive season.


Festive Ham, Cheese & Greens Gratin

Got a little leftover Christmas ham and not keen on more sandwiches? Turn it into a hug of a dish with this rich and creamy gratin recipe. Chunks of potato, ham and greens swirled together in a bubbling cheese and mustard sauce. The perfect Twixmas dinner.

Christmas Cheeseboard Fondue

Got a glut of cheese in your fridge leftover from the big day? Melt it all down into a rich fondue, pour it into a scooped out sourdough loaf before scooping and swirling a range of crudités, croutons and pickles in the bubbling cheese sauce. 

Christmas Clementine Chai Spice Mix

Don't throw away your clementine peel, turn it into a warming winter chai spice mix by drying it out then mixing it with a sweet spices. Simmered with tea, milk and honey, it makes a fragrant cuppa.

Christmas Dumplings with Spiced Cranberry Dip

Making homemade gyoza style dumplings is easy, and so is whipping up inventive fillings when you have a fridge full of Christmas leftovers. Below are some ideas – let us know what you come up with!

Panettone & Butter Pudding with Dark Chocolate & Cranberries

Not sure what to do with your Christmas panettone? Why not combine the best of Italian Christmas traditions with the best of British puddings to make this rich, creamy, indulgent dessert. Thickly buttered slices of panettone layered with chunks of dark chocolate and tangy dried cranberries are baked in a orange-and-cinnamon-scented custard. Delicious warm with whipped cream.

Christmas Pudding Brownies

A rich and decadent way to use up that left over Christmas pud. These brownies also makes great festive gifts, and you can easily double or triple the quantities to make extra brownies so everyone can get their own box of brownies.

No Churn Custard Ice Cream Sandwiches

One of the joys of Christmas is the leftovers. What to do with that extra pot of custard that didn’t get poured over the pud? Whip up a no churn ice cream that you can enjoy after the festivities have ended. A good splash of orange liqueur (or any other left over tipple of choice) keeps this ice cream soft and scoopable. Sandwich the ice cream between a couple of biscuits or cookies for a fabulous festive dessert.

Share your leftover creations with #MyAbelandCole anywhere you find yourself posting photos of the food you're tucking into. 
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