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Loving those leftovers!

Loving those leftovers!

It’s Boxing Day and your refrigerator is full to bursting with leftovers: turkey, mashed potato, cranberry sauce, gravy, etc. Should you eat it all now or freeze the entire lot to make lunches in January? Here are some ideas to help you solve the leftovers conundrum.

The ABCs of freezing leftovers
Basically, you can freeze almost anything, except:

  • Dairy products, e.g. the milk in your mashed potatoes
  • Dishes containing mayonnaise
  • Raw vegetables
  • Water-rich foods such as your prized homemade stuffing, which could become soggy when thawed. Better to refrigerate and eat it within two days.

For best freezing results:

  • Transfer all leftovers to storage containers no more than two hours after the meal is finished.
  • If the food is still warm, leave the containers partly open after placing them in the freezer. When the contents are good and cold, seal the containers tight.
  • Mark the date of freezing on each container, and remember to eat everything within two to three months at most.

Get creative with your leftovers
To use up your leftovers, you can always fall back on the traditional hot turkey or turkey club sandwich. These are eternal favourites, and no one is likely to complain… in the beginning. Later on, a little imagination might be required to keep your gang interested. Bearing in mind that refrigerated leftovers should be eaten within four days, consider these five recipes sure to save you from wasting a morsel.

Turkey croquettes: Chop up your remaining turkey meat and mix it with your leftover mashed potato, chopped green onion, sliced black olives and a little Dijon mustard. Make patties with the mixture, roll them in breadcrumbs and fry them in the pan. Serve with a salad made from your leftover Christmas crudités.

Turkey curry: Take inspiration from our Ultra-quick chicken curry and begin the recipe at step 2, substituting the chicken for your leftover turkey.

Vietnamese turkey soup: Combine some quality chicken stock with your turkey leftovers, rice vermicelli, bean sprouts, green onion, chopped coriander and a pod of star anise. Let the mixture simmer to cook the noodles and blend the flavours, then serve it with soy sauce, hoisin sauce or sriracha (chili sauce).

Turkey quesadillas: The Flamingo Web site offers a range of recipes that adapt to Christmas dinner leftovers, such as our Turkey and avocado quesadillas, ready in 15 minutes. Your leftovers will never have been such a hit!

Spinach salad: Give your stomach a little break with this healthy salad. Simply combine fresh spinach slices of clementine (in season), fresh mushrooms, bean sprouts, cashews, green onion and, of course, your turkey! Drizzle with vegetable oil and soy sauce.

Turkey shells: Stuff some giant pasta shells with a blend of chopped turkey, Parmesan, mozzarella, green onion, and green olives or capers. Coat with tomato sauce and sprinkle with mozzarella. Bake and enjoy!