We can all be guilty of buying a little too much festive food, to ensure we don’t run out of anything on the big day. It’s done with the best intentions but too much Christmas Day food can lead to a well-known Boxing Day problem: leftovers.
It never feels right to throw food away, especially when we can less afford to waste it so, perhaps more than ever before, it’s good to think about what we can do with a quantity of turkey and trimmings to turn them into something appetising the next day, beyond the boring turkey sandwiches. And we’ve found four great recipes to help you do just that!
Option 1: Boxing Day Bubble & Squeak – bbcgoodfood.com
As featured in the latest issue of ‘Your News’, this generic recipe is really simple (and quick) to make and doesn’t require you to have any extra ingredients in. Better still, if you want to add other things to it (as much turkey as you like), it will still work just as well! It’s as easy as vegging out in front of a Disney film!
Option 2: The Hairy Bikers’ Turkey, Ham & Stuffing Pie – bbc.co.uk
If you fancy something a bit more challenging, this masterpiece from Si and Dave is well worth the effort. You will need to have a few more ingredients to hand (flour, butter, an egg, lard, cream and, ideally, tarragon) and you also need to have leftover ham. It should also be noted that there is a bit of actual bakery involved but you get a proper pie at the end of it. This means you also get the chance to impress anyone who’s lucky enough to be offered a slice!
Option 3: Leftover Turkey Madras – sainsburysmagazine.co.uk
If a ‘turkey roast’ is an age-old Christmas custom, a ‘turkey curry’ is fast becoming a modern Boxing Day tradition. Some might not want venture quite as high up the ‘heat’ scale as madras (if so, google ‘turkey korma’) but a good, strong taste is a great way to help you pretend it’s a chicken curry – and not day-old turkey! Some other ingredients are needed but it’s really easy to make – and the spices mean it’ll probably keep longer!
Option 4: ‘KFT’ – theguardian.com
This one is not so much a recipe as an invitation to a secret society – and the first rule is that you don’t talk about it, okay? Take this piece of invaluable investigative journalism and substitute the chicken for – you’ve guessed it – strips of remaining turkey. You will need a quite healthily-stocked herb and spice rack and a fair amount of frying oil but the resulting fusion food of Kentucky and Norfolk is “finger-lickin’ bootiful”!