5 tasty tips for Christmas left overs

Christmas is over and you may have realised that you have even more leftovers in the fridge.

At least the most important thing was refrigerating all of that.

Now all you have to do is, eat!

The thought of drowning in all that food may not seem appealing. But you can actually dish up a new style to test your appetite.

Here are a few sourced for you:

  1. Bread - Breadcrumbs

If your bread isn't stale yet, use this process to dry it out and make breadcrumbs.

Remember - if you are purposely letting a loaf of bread go stale, leave it out on the counter uncovered. If it's covered or in a plastic bag it may mold from its own internal moisture. If it's humid, you can also put the bread in the fridge in a plastic bag.

Preheat oven to 250ºF. Slice a loaf of bread into large crouton-sized chunks, or thin slices. Place on a large cookie sheet and bake for about 10 minutes or until the bread is completely dried out. If you are in an especially humid climate or if the bread is fresh and moist, turn off the oven and leave it there all night.

Run the chunks through a food processor until you have fine breadcrumbs - or grate with a box grater. Season any way you like (but go easy on the salt to keep it low-sodium!). Then put those breadcrumbs to good use when baking or pan-frying; or use them in meatloaf, homemade chicken nuggets, or homemade fish sticks.

  1. Pizza - Leftover Pizza Quiche

To transform those leftover slices into a gasp-worthy meal, chop up the pizza and combine with spinach, eggs, and ground meat; then pour it all into a (1 whole) pie crust (consider using whole-wheat).

This is a really versatile recipe. Various kinds of meat (hamburger, pork) or cheese (mozzarella, pepperjack) could be substituted.  You can use plain cheese pizza. It’s also good with supreme, sausage or Canadian bacon pizza.

Method:

In a skillet, brown ground turkey over medium heat with garlic and green onions. Drain fat.

In a large bowl, combine pizza pieces, spinach, grated cheese and 5 eggs. Mix well. Add cooked turkey mixture while continuing to stir. After all ingredients are well coated with eggs and thoroughly combined, transfer into the pie crust.

Cover entire quiche with aluminium foil and put in the oven. After 30 minutes, remove foil from pan. Fold in corners of foil so that it makes a round shape large enough to cover quiche filling but not the crust. This will allow the crust to get brown and keep the spinach from getting too done on the edges. Return to the oven and bake for 15 minutes more.

  1. Noodle/ Pasta - Pasta Stir Fry

Stir fries may look fancy with all those colourful veggies, but they’re surprisingly easy to whip up with whatever ingredients you have hangin’ out in the fridge. Just throw together some leftover plain, cooked pasta (hopefully whole-wheat!), veggies (broccoli and mushroom work well), a protein source such as meat or tofu, and your sauce of choice.

Get the pan nice and hot over high heat before adding the oil.

Make sure the leftover meat or seafood has already been thawed. Heat it up first then scoop it out onto a separate plate before cooking the vegetables.

Add the meat, noodle/pasta and aromatics (ginger/garlic) towards the end. Add sauce - or you can go with no sauce at all!

  1. Ripe Banana - Banana Ice Cream

This one-ingredient summer dessert recipe requires a freezer, a blender, and a mouth. Blend bananas in a Food Processor. If they’ve been in the freezer a while, it’s best to let them thaw a bit. Once they thawed slightly, the magic happens and the frozen bananas will whip up into ice cream. You can add two tablespoons of natural peanut butter to half of the recipe. Refrigerate the other for later. If you don’t like bananas... then this probably isn’t for you. It doesn’t taste exactly like ice cream but, made entirely out of fruit, with no added dairy or sugar, it’s actually a pretty comparable substitute.

  1. Meat – Shephard Pie

Mix up some cooked meat with cooked veggies and gravy, put them in a dish and top them with mashed potatoes, then bake till everything is warm, and if you're into that kind of thing, broil to make the potatoes crusty.

Now, the meat can be browned hamburger, leftover roast, leftover steak or even broken up leftover cooked burgers.

The gravy can be homemade, it can be from a jar, it can be leftovers from the yummy roast you made the night before. The veggies are pretty much left to taste. Frozen or canned corned, peas, carrots, green beans. Leftover side dishes from your fantastic roast dinner will do nicely as well.

You can use a skillet to avoid washing another dish, but if you don't make your gravy or don't have stove top to oven cookware, just layer this all into a casserole dish.

And add a little bit of shredded cheddar sprinkled on top.

 

Related links:

Guide for Storing Christmas Leftovers - Organisation Station

How to store your Christmas leftovers safely - Checkit

Author: 
Gloria Bauai