Creative Christmas leftover recipes

When there’s so many of you eating, as there often is at Christmas, it is hard to plan exact portions.

The Hello Fresh Christmas Box

The Hello Fresh Christmas Box

Our Hello Fresh Christmas box has been specially put together to feed either 4-6 or 6-8 people, but even then there are likely to be some leftovers.

That is why we have included some great recipe cards with ideas for using up all the tasty food.

But we couldn’t give you all our ‘leftover’ recipes, otherwise we’d struggle to fit anything else in the box! After numerous Christmases dreaming up creative ways to finish off the turkey, sprouts, pudding and all the other trimmings we’ve got quite the recipe collection.

Here are a few of the most creative Christmas leftover recipes…

Turkey Singapore noodles – Time 35minsTurkey Singapore noodles

Often we are left with loads of Christmas turkey and usually by day three we’re pretty sick of the sight of cold turkey sandwiches – so why not spice things up a bit with this simple turkey Singapore noodles?

  1. Start by soaking some rice noodles in boiling water until soft. Then toss them in a teaspoon of sesame oil.
  2. Beat a couple of eggs with another teaspoon of sesame oil and then fry into a flat omelette. Once cooked, transfer the omelette to a plate.
  3. Fry some garlic, ginger and chilli in a wok very briefly to release the flavour. Then add spring onions, beansprouts, peppers and pretty much any other leftover veg and fry for about a minute. Then add the cooked turkey.
  4. Next, tip the noodles back into the wok and add a good few tablespoons of Madras curry powder, a generous helping of soy sauce, a little turmeric and sherry and a sprinkling of sugar.
  5. Leave everything to cook together for a couple of minutes while you shred the omelette. Stir through the omelette and serve with a garnish of coriander and soy sauce.

Brussels sprouts chiffonade – Time 20minsBrussels sprouts chiffonade

Brussels sprouts are the most controversial part of most Christmas dinners, meaning several get left behind every year. If you are a bit bored of post-Christmas dinner bubble and squeak year-in, year-out then why not give this quick and easy recipe a go?

  1. Start by shredding your Brussels sprouts – you can do this either with a knife or a shredding attachment to your blender (if you’re a bit of a pro).

  2. Heat a knob of butter and a tablespoon of olive oil in a pan and add some chopped shallots, a clove of crushed garlic and some bacon. Fry until shallots have softened.
  3. Add your shredded Brussels sprouts and fry for 4-5 mins over a high heat until the sprouts have cooked through.

Christmas pudding trifle recipe – Time 15mins

Christmas pudding is incredibly tasty when served fresh, but cold Christmas pud isn’t quite so tasty. So turn it into a delicious trifle!

  1. Using a sharp knife peel about 3 oranges making sure all the pith is removed. Then slice very thinly and arrange over a large plate.
  2. Gently sprinkle the orange slices with a tablespoon of demerara sugar and two tablespoons of Grand Marnier and leave to one side.
  3. Break up the leftover Christmas pudding and place at the bottom of a large trifle bowl. Then layer the orange slices over the Christmas pudding and pour over any remaining juices.

  4. Beat a 250g pot of mascarpone until smooth and then stir in a 500g pot of custard. Then spoon the mixture over the orange layer.
  5. Lastly, lightly whip a 284g pot of double cream and spoon onto the top of your trifle, finishing with a sprinkling of grated chocolate and almonds.


We are always on the hunt for some new and exciting recipes for Christmas leftovers, so if you have one you would like to share send it to us at, find us on Facebook or Twitter, or simply use the comment box below.

If you’ve not ordered your Christmas box yet then hurry, there is only a few left!


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