Festive food for a waste-free Christmas

Looking to cook up a storm this Christmas or wanting new ways to use up your leftovers?

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Looking to cook up a storm this Christmas or wanting new ways to use up your leftovers? We’ve got you covered with festive food suggestions from the main event to finger food buffets and some ideas to use up all the leftovers too so you don’t waste a thing this Christmas.  

While roast turkey is the UK’s favourite, the Christmas meal is really all about the trimmings! From pigs in blankets to stuffing and Yorkshire puddings, roast potatoes and lashings of gravy, not forgetting the cranberry sauce! 

Most supermarkets provide the basics so your Christmas dinner is ready to go in no time at all. With cocktail sausages pre-wrapped in bacon and turkey crowns reducing the need for excessive carving, while frozen Yorkshire puddings save you the time and effort of making these yourself too. 

If you are wanting to jazz up your feast though, how about trying some new ways to make your veg extra festive? 

Spiced Red Cabbage – simply shred red cabbage and onion, and heat in a pan with oil, sugar, a dash of vinegar, a dollop of mustard and a teaspoon of mixed spice (recommend ginger, cloves and cinnamon) for a warming winter side.

Sautéed Sprouts – they may not be everyone’s favourite but if you halve, peel and part-boil your sprouts for around 10 minutes (keep testing with a fork as you don’t want them to go too soft) meanwhile heating a pan with butter ready to transfer when cooked. Add chopped nuts such as walnuts or hazelnuts (if you’ve got them), season with a pinch of salt and sautée until crisp you can take the bitterness out of your Brussels for a tasty sprout!

Indulgent Cauliflower Cheese – so simple to make from scratch (using just butter, flour, milk and a drop of mustard for a rich and tasty sauce) or jazz up your shop-bought version – try topping with brie for extra creaminess or adding bacon lardons for that extra special Christmas touch 

If you’re planning to entertain over Christmas look no further for your simple suppers, child-friendly feasts and party banquets…. 

It’s that time of year for the infamous ‘beige buffet’ filled with all your favourites…  from sausage to spring rolls, cocktail sausages and cheese straws, crackers and sandwiches, crisps, mini scotch eggs and all that goodness. You can’t go wrong with a platter of party pieces, but if you’re shopping for your festive feast look out for multi-pack deals. Most supermarkets know the secret to laden tables and offers like these are a great way to keep costs down while keeping guests happy. 

Wandering what to do with the Boxing Day leftovers? We’ve looked up the recipes so you don’t have to and found some great ways to reduce waste and make tasty meals out of those extra portions…. 

First up using up the meats:  

Turkey and Ham Pie – heat butter, leeks and herbs in a pan before stirring in some flour, vinegar, stock and double cream to make a rich cream sauce to accompany your leftover turkey and ham in a glorious pie topped with puff or shortcrust pastry for a wholesome leftover meal.

Turkey Club Sandwich – Reheat turkey slices in an oven-prove dish covered with foil (adding a sprinkling of water as required) and cook for 30 minutes before placing in between two slices of butter bread or bagel and smother with cranberry sauce for an almighty boxing day treat (and ideal hangover remedy). Any leftover stuffing makes for a great addition too! 

Finally using up the veggies:  

Bubble and Squeak – a classic for a reason, this is perfect as a snacky lunch or meal filled with goodness and nutrition. Simply mash your leftover veg and potatoes in a bowl with either a potato masher or the back of a fork until combined. Season well, transfer to a pan with butter, flatten and fry off on a medium to low heat until browned on both sides and piping hot in the middle.

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