Christmas Leftovers

12/29/2009 09:39:00 PM

Hello everybody! Back to work today, sigh. The days after Christmas were a blur of sleep-ins, Boston Legal marathons and leftovers! Even though we only got a 3kg turkey (most friends I know were doing 5-8kg birds!!), we still had heaps of meat leftover, as well as other bits and pieces. Here is what I did with them...

The Ultimate Sandwich

The picture above is of what I think of as The Ultimate sandwich. Thickly sliced white bread, chilli jam, turkey, crisply fried bacon, crumbled Stilton, and cos lettuce.

Stilton Rarebit with Cos Lettuce and Walnut Salad

Ok, so this one's not quite leftovers, because I bought the Stilton specifically to make it. And I ate it whilst I was preparing our Christmas Eve meal. The recipe comes from Nigella's Feast, and is kinda like toast topped with a cheesy sauce, served with a salad made of little gem lettuce, walnuts, walnut oil and lemon juice.

The cheese in question was a gorgeously sharp Colston Bassett Stilton that I got from Leo's in Kew. Check out all the pretty blue lines!

Lentil and Chestnut Soup

As I mentioned, I only made a half-quantity of chestnut stuffing, leaving me with half a tin of chestnut puree and half a tin of chestnuts. They got turned into a velvety lentil and chestnut soup from Nigella's How to Eat (previously made here), which I served with leftover cream and some chives. The recipe actually made quite a bit of soup, so I've frozen some for future work lunches.

Turkey and Gravy Pasta

Inspired by How to Eat's pasta with butter and stock-cube juices, I cooked some spaghetti, and added some jellified turkey gravy and turkey meat.

Roast Potatoes and Gravy

And now we get to the things that are less like recipes and more like "ooh, look what I found in the fridge!". This was leftover roast potatoes, sliced and heated through in a pan, (i.e. fried!), eaten with leftover gravy. You know it makes sense.

Fried Dumplings with Scrambled Eggs

A good way to use up leftover dumplings (i.e. German doughy dumplings), is to slice them and fry them. I actually think I like them better this way! These were with scrambled eggs, although if I were making this for myself, I'd probably just eat the dumplings with gravy, haha.

Stilton Platter

Ok, so definitely not leftovers, but a post-Christmas treat for my brother and I (the only blue-cheese eaters in my house!) I had gone back to Leo's on the morning of Christmas Eve to get last minute supplies, and decided that I needed more Stilton. Unfortunately, they'd run out of Colston Bassett, so I got a good wedge of Quenby Hall, which I discovered is a bit creamier and milder than the Colston Bassett. We ate them with walnuts, muscatels, and these delicious English Bath Ovals (which are specially made to match the Quenby Hall Stilton!) And a glass of port. What a wonderful Christmas treat!

I am so keen to do what this enterprising blogger did, and soak a whole head of Stilton in port, but the smallest ones you can buy are 2 KILOS, which is too much cheese, even for me. (And at approx $75/kg, it's way too extravagant). Maybe one day.

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  1. Oh my, I am still eating through xmas dinner, with other people. It doesn't help that my housemates all abandoned me afterwards. Eating is hard work, sometimes.

  2. Yum yum yum - I think your leftovers are the kind of meal I want to eat in the first place! Fried dumplings, Stilton rarebit, lentil and chestnut soup... argh... such deliciousness!

    Happy New Year and here's to an even more delicious in 2010!

  3. Ohhh those leftovers. Nigella always makes me want to cook too much so I can do creative things with what remains. That sandwich looks wonderful!

  4. your leftovers look a lot nicer than mine :) i've been eating leftovers for the last week and all the food is starting to look the same :(

  5. You call these leftovers?! I think you've had way too much sugar over this xmas break LOL

    Nice one with the chestnut soup...mmm..

  6. They look pretty good for leftovers! Hope you & S had a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year!



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