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Family dinner ideas for Christmas leftovers

Make the most of Christmas leftovers by cooking easy family dinners to see you into the New Year. You'll save time and money on these midweek lifesavers.

So, the turkey has been devoured, the chocolate boxes, raided, and the savoury nibbles, scoffed – almost… After Christmas and Boxing Day, there will inevitably be some leftovers that you don’t know what to do with. We suggest using them to cook comforting, festive family meals to save you time and stress in that odd period between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

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Choose a thrifty one-pan, a creamy pasta dish or a simple traybake from our top 10 and feed a crowd with what are, after all, premium leftovers. Try our other Christmas leftover recipes for more tasty ways to use your turkey and trimmings.

1. Sprout & spinach baked eggs


Make a wonderful one-pan with leftover sprouts, topped with a perfectly runny egg. It’s a dreamy budget dish and a wholesome vegetarian option that could also work as a Boxing Day brunch. There’ll be no need to visit the supermarket; just customise with whatever veg you have and drizzle the whole lot with natural yogurt and sriracha for extra spice. Enjoy with sourdough on the side.

Check out more Brussels sprout recipes.

2. Roasted roots traybake


Roasting is one of the better ways to get the maximum flavour out of seasonal root veg. With a sprinkling of feta cheese to complement them, this roasted roots traybake is the ideal no-effort midweek dish to serve as a side, or even as the main event. Serve with a fresh dressing of lemon and herbs made with a good dose of roasted garlic and rosemary.

Take a look at our one-pan roast recipes for easy instant classics.

3. Festive stuffed chicken


If you haven’t had your fill of cheese after Christmas Day, try our stuffed festive chicken with herby Boursin filling and leftover cranberry jelly. Add pre-prepared stuffing to your roasties for some extra crunch. The family will want seconds.

Try our leftover chicken recipes and substitute with leftover turkey.

4. Turkey noodles


Our spicy turkey noodles are easily adaptable. Put in as much, or as little, chilli as you like – of course, little ones may prefer you dial down the heat. Salted peanuts and soy sauce bring another dimension of flavour, and add a squeeze of lime for a final zingy flourish. For a veggie alternative, swap the meat for leftover Brussels sprouts.

Choose your favourite recipe from our top 10 ways with leftover turkey.

5. Macaroni cheese


Never let it be said that we allowed a cheeseboard to go to waste. Our mac ‘n’ cheese is classic comfort food and uses a mix of cheeses that you may have left in the fridge after the big day. Prepped in 10 minutes, this confirmed family favourite is great for chilly December evenings.

Try 5 ways with macaroni cheese for some clever twists on a classic.

6. Roast potato, turkey, sausage & stuffing pie


Our turkey & potato pie is the ultimate indulgence. While it looks like a big production when you’re dishing it up, this easy family supper can be prepared in just 10 minutes and uses up all your stray Christmas dinner trimmings. Bake until golden brown and tuck in.

Try other pie recipes for a cosy night in.

7. Turkey minestrone


Nothing will warm you quicker on a frosty evening than a bowl of turkey minestrone. This soup is healthy, filling and restorative in the post-Christmas slump. If you feel like you’re in dire need of a pick-me-up, this is the recipe you need.

Discover even more leftover Christmas turkey recipes.

8. Brie, apple & onion tart


Use ready-made pastry, leftover cranberry sauce and cheeseboard rejects for this Boxing Day beauty. Our brie, apple & onion tart is delicious served hot or cold. Put it in the middle of the table for everyone to admire, then they can help themselves.

9. Christmas pizza


Make leftover turkey with sausagemeat stuffing the stars of this colourful Christmas pizza – and to make it really easy, use a ready-made pizza base. A handful of other ingredients are then all that’s needed to whip up a sure-fire festive favourite.

Learn how to make pizza with our video tutorial.

10. Sweet potato & sprout hash with poached eggs


Here’s another one-pan hash to add to your post-Christmas repertoire. Our sweet potato & sprout hash is perfect for clearing the fridge of any leftover veg. It’s meat-free and low-fat, too, and with just six ingredients, it won’t turn your kitchen into a crime scene. For the finishing touch, top with a runny poached egg.

Get more healthy egg inspiration with our recipe collection.

Like these recipes? Read more family meal guides…

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Top 5 healthy family meals
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