20 Delicious ways to enjoy Christmas leftovers

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With these delicious recipes, leftovers will feel like the main attraction and not just an afterthought!

It’s already a given that there will be an overflow of food during the holidays, but it also follows that a lot of food can go to waste. So aside from prepping your holiday menu, you should also take into account what to do with leftovers. Looking for a great Christmas leftover recipe? Here’s what how to make leftovers feel like the main attraction and not just an afterthought.

Looking for a Christmas leftover recipe? Here are some delicious ideas!

Pasta

You can also grate some leftover cheese or queso de bola (a popular holiday treat in the Philippines) and sprinkle it over some spaghetti or or melt it with some milk or all-purpose cream to make some delicious macaroni and cheese. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Cheesy Baked Potato

Melted cheese can make anything delicious and one great Christmas leftover recipe is a cheesy baked potato. Just bake potatoes for 10 minutes in the microwave and drizzle some melted cheese. You can also add some bacon bits for added crunch and texture.

Vegetable and cheese sandwiches

Melt some cheese in a pan and slather it onto some toast or fresh bread for a comforting post-Christmas breakfast. You can also chop up some vegetables, nuts and fruits for a delightful midday snack.

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Cheesy fondue 

No need to head out to a restaurant because you can enjoy a cheesy fondue experience right at home. Just melt some cheese in a pan and dip into it to your heart’s content. You can do this with some steamed vegetables, like broccoli or spinach, or tasty meat and bread.

Nacho dip

Melt some leftover queso de bola and mix in some pimiento cheese and milk to make it sweeter and creamier.

Chips

Leftover queso de bola won’t just make for a good dip, but you can also make actual chips with them. How? Just take spoonfuls of cheese and drop them in a pan and flip them repeatedly until they become firm.

Pizza

There’s nothing like enjoying a pizza fresh from the oven, except maybe making it yourself. Top it with tomatoes, burrata cheese or whatever you have on hand. This is a great way to use up leftovers, too!

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Ham and cheese sliders

Stacking up some ham cheese and burgers make for great post-holiday snacking. A great way to make use of your queso de bola and Christmas ham.

Cheese omelette 

Don’t know what to do with your surplus of ham and cheese? Use them to whip up a fluff omelette on the morning after Christmas dinner.

Nasi Goreng 

To make the most out of leftover rice during the holidays, stir-fry it in some aromatic shrimp paste and seasoning and top with a fried egg. Voila, nasi goreng!

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Ham and cheese french toast

This breakfast classic is sweet and savoury and a great Christmas leftover recipe, especially if drizzled with some maple syrup.

Garlic fried rice with vinegar

Also known as sinangag in the Philippines, this popular breakfast staple is made by stir-frying garlic, onions, cooking oil, and salt.

Rice porridge

Whipping up this Asian comfort food is a great idea for leftover rice during the holidays. All you will need is about 2 cups of rice, chicken breasts, ginger, water, and soy sauce. You can also garnish with green onions and drizzle sesame oil.

Champorado

Champorado is a Filipino comfort food that is definitely a must try. Also known as chocolate porridge, champorado is typically made using tablea (pure chocolate), glutinous rice, sugar, condensed milk or powdered milk, and water.

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Bibimbap

Also called mixed rice, this is a great dish to whip up if you don’t want to throw out leftover rice during the holidays. Just toss together some meat, vegetables and a fried egg. Of course, it wouldn’t be complete without some kimchi or chilli paste.

Bread pudding

This delightful treat, which is warm, fluffy bread coated in a custard sauce, and it takes only 45 minutes to make.

Brushettas

This Italian quick snack of garlicky, grilled bread topped with salt and olive oil can be enjoyed with a variety of refreshing toppings, like tomatoes and feta cheese.

Biryani

This Indian favourite is a fragrant mixed rice dish that owes it flavour to the variety of spices, like mint, coriander, cardamom, ginger and saffron. You can also serve it with meat, vegetables, yoghurt, egg, and dried fruit.

Breadcrumb toppings

Whether you want to fry some crispy fried chicken or you want to add texture to macaroni and cheese, bread crumbs go a long way. Toast day-old bread or just place them straight into your food processor.

Garlic bread

Much like rice, leftover bread can be made even more delicious with some garlic. Just take day-old bread, slather some butter and bits of garlic on it and toast!

Do you have a Christmas leftover recipe to share? Let us know in the comments!

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