Hello hello! When there is Christmas feasting, there are also leftovers! We've finally finished all the leftovers, and I think we're all a bit sick of turkey and ham around here! Having watched endless episodes of Nigella, Jamie and Gordon's Christmas programs over the break, I was tempted to try my hand at all sorts of big fancy pies to use up the leftover meat, but I thought that would defeat the purpose by creating even more leftovers. (And don't forget you can't reheat leftover food more than once).
Whilst I did make one batch of pasties, and one sandwich, this year I found that the best way to use up the leftover ham and turkey was to serve it in thin slices to add protein and bulk to a fresh, healthy salad. Much more suitable for our warm weather, don't you think?
Ham & Leek Welsh Pasties
I made Nigella's ham and leek Welsh pasties again (Kitchen), to use up leftover ham and petits pois. These have ham, leeks and white sauce on the inside and are encased in a shortcrust pastry. Lovely with a nice cold cider as an accompaniment.
Turkey and Ham Sandwich
This monster of a sandwich consisted of thick slices of white bread, lettuce, tomatoes, ham, turkey, and a thick smear of crème fraîche mixed with chives. The crème fraîche mixture, apart from providing a tasty chive flavour, prevents the sandwich from getting dry (especially as turkey can dry out in the fridge).
Marinated Mushrooms with Walnut and Tahini Yogurt
I couldn't help it. In the fridge we had a turkey leg, and we had slices of bacon. How could I not make one? In honour of my favourite TV character, Ron Swanson from the hiii-larious Parks and Recreation, I made "The Swanson" - quite simply, a turkey leg wrapped in bacon.
|Ron Swanson - what a legend.|
Photo source: Eater.com
And on that note I conclude my Christmas posts for the year! Hope you all have enjoyed the festive season as much as I did this year!