Sloppy joe burger made with leftover turkey

When Christmas dinner is over, let the good times carry on rolling with our flavour-packed dishes that make the most of your lovely Christmas leftovers.

Most of us will wake up on Boxing Day with a little more than just a hangover. After the Christmas dinner feast, many fridges are packed full of Christmas leftovers – whether it’s the remains of the festive bird, cooked veggies or even the odd chipolata. And that’s before factoring in all the extras: the foodie gifts, bags of nuts, jars of mincemeat and piles of sweet treats knocking around. But there’s no need to let this lovely stuff go to waste, so get creative with our gorgeous Christmas leftover recipes to help you use up your leftovers in style.


Leftover roast vegetables are bursting with flavour, but sometimes need a little helping hand. They’re a brilliant addition to this veggie rice with poached eggs. Fragrant spices and deep jewel colours help keep the dish feeling festive, but there’s a lovely kick of chilli, which is most welcome after all the rich food eaten over Christmas. This would make a delicious Boxing Day brekkie – and might just help with the hangover, too.


Many of us have plenty of leftover nuts at Christmas, and while these are tasty eaten just as they are, they take on a whole new life when blitzed up into a herby pesto and served alongside grilled cauliflower. Meat is the main feature of many meals at this time of year, so a lunch that puts the veggies centre stage is often a welcome antidote. Any leftover pesto will keep for about a week in the fridge, ready to be tossed through cooked pasta for a speedy and delicious supper.


Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a cheeseboard, but after the port is long gone we’re sometimes left with random hunks of festive fromage in our fridges. These green veggie fritters work well with any cheese, but especially softer varieties such as Brie or reblochon. If you’re lucky to have some blue cheese left over, give it a new lease of life in this salad with warm croutons to use up any leftover bread. 


There are loads of uses for leftover turkey – from soups and sandwiches to salads, stews and pies  – but one guaranteed way to turn it into a real crowd-pleaser is to whip up these epic turkey sloppy Joes.

Leftover turkey, a delicious crunchy veg slaw and sweet BBQ sauce are piled into these festive buns and dipped in leftover gravy, to really get the Christmas treatment. Feel free to throw in any leftover roast ham, too.


Everyone loves a Christmas pud, but after a mammoth dinner it’s rare that we polish off the whole lot. This affogato can be knocked up in 45 seconds if you decide you have space for something sweet during that lazy period between Christmas and New Year. 

Find loads more delicious ideas for eating up those Christmas leftovers here.