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Making Christmas Perfect Ch.5

Making Christmas Perfect - Leftovers!

Godfreys have been providing perfect Christmases since 1905 - the year in which we were founded by our Great Grandfather!

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Over the years fashions have changed in Christmas dishes and menus - but we find that a mixture of traditional and some of the more modern dishes - is usually the best recipe to help create a Perfect Christmas.



Making Christmas - Perfect!
So this years Godfreys Celebration is a series of Chapters on traditional and modern recipes for each of - Christmas Breakfast and Brunch, Christmas Side Dishes, Christmas Dinner Mains - and finally some recipes for Boxing Day - to complete making your Christmas - Perfect!

Making Christmas Perfect - Leftovers!
Every year it’s the same problem - what on earth can you do with the mountains of leftover food you find stuffed in your fridge the morning after the overindulgent day before?

Dreary reputation
Leftovers have a dreary reputation but when you have sought out and paid for something wonderful - why should you not enjoy every last morsel?

Christmas leftovers can be almost as exciting and delicious as the main meal itself.


Christmas foods that are wasted
Each year we bin the equivalent of 2m Turkeys, 5m Christmas Puddings and a staggering 74m Mince Pies. The key foods that are wasted are those that we buy especially for Christmas - but wouldn't normally.

That’s a terrible waste - and especially if its your top quality ingredients!

So why have Christmas leftovers got such a dreary image?
It’s really a matter of past perceptions - rather than what delicious eating experiences that those Leftovers could still provide



The best bits are still to come
To challenge that perception do have a look at this quote from a real food enthusiast:

“Christmas lunch might be over, but the best bits are still to come. I can't open the fridge without stealing a fat nugget of Turkey or Goose, pulling it from the carcass with glistening beads of jellied juices still clinging to it. It has a savouriness that the hot roast bird can't match.”

See what we mean?


Much more elegant
The French have a much more elegant name for Leftovers : les restes. It's doubly appropriate, since they are also a rest - for the cook at least. After the flurry of yesterday's dinner, the main work has been done and rustling up a little something can be as easy as you need it to be.

Amazing
It’s amazing how one Leftover piece of Turkey or Goose can lead to a string of dishes starting with a Fricassee, then a Pie, then a Curry, then a spicy Samosa , then a Soup - and so on.

In fact the celebrated and much quoted American writer Calvin Trillin - now in his eighties - once wrote:

“The most remarkable thing about my mothers cooking is that for 30 years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found”

So hide this Chapter away - and when the time comes - make Christmas Leftovers feel brand new with some truly special recipes - perfect for Boxing Day and beyond.

 
Here then are a few simple ideas to make sure all that lovely food doesn’t go to waste and continues to provide pure gastronomic pleasure - way after the main event.

 


•   Turkey Salad with Chinese Cabbage, Beansprouts and Vietnamese Mint - by Rick Stein
This is an easy way to use up leftover Christmas Turkey, plus it makes a delicious light meal to help make up for the excesses of Christmas.
Preparation time 30 mins to 1 hr : Cooking time less than 10 mins

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Broccoli and Stilton Soup with Stilton Croutons - by Antony Worrall Thompson
Our easy creamy Broccoli and Stilton Soup recipe with bubbling Stilton Croûtons is the perfect antidote to the winter blues
Preparation time less than 30 mins : Cooking time less than 10 mins

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Bubble and Squeak and Candied Shallots - by The Hairy Bikers
Use leftover roast or mashed Potatoes and any uneaten greens for a simple solution to Christmas leftovers.
Preparation time less than 30 mins : Cooking time 10 to 30 mins.

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• Turkey Curry - by Antony Worrall Thompson
This mild and creamy Turkey Curry is quick and tasty and uses mainly store cupboard spices - and Christmas leftovers.
Preparation time less than 30 mins : Cooking time10 to 30 mins. 

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• Turkey, Leek and Ham Pie - by Angela Hartnett
A great way to use up the Christmas Turkey. Make the filling in advance then add the pastry top and bake just before serving.
Preparation time less than 30 mins : Cooking time 30 mins to 1 hour.
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• Turkey and Ham Pie - by Rachel Allen
Rachel Allen makes a classic Boxing Day recipe for leftover Turkey and Ham. It’s quick and easy and perfect for chilly post-Christmas days.
Preparation time less than 30 mins : Cooking time 30 mins to 1 hr.
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•   Turkey Singapore Noodles - by Barney Desmazery
Turkey Curry is a traditional leftovers dish, but this stir-fry brings the dish bang up to date
Preparation time 15 mins : Cooking time 20 mins.
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•   Turkey Cacciatore with a twist - by Sarah Cook
This tasty Italian Cheese and Tomato bake is a fab way to use up leftover meat and a true family favourite
Preparation time 10 mins : Cooking time 50 mins

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Moroccan Turkey Salad
Use up abundant roast meat in a healthy salad with Aubergine, Tomatoes, Pomegranate and Mint
Preparation time 20 mins : Cooking time 15 mins

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Fruity Turkey Tagine
- by Emily Kydd
Freshen up Christmas leftovers of Turkey, Carrots and Parsnips with Ras el Hanout in this sweet and spicy Moroccan Stew.
Preparation time 10 mins : Cooking time 55 mins.
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Christmas Sausage & Veg Tortilla
- by Sarah Cook
Turn your leftovers into a fantastic family supper with this hearty baked Omelette with Chipolatas
Preparation time 10 mins : Cooking time 20 -25 mins

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•   Turkey Tonnato Salad - by Jane Hornby
Tuna Mayo on Turkey may sound like an odd combination, but trust us! This Italian-style light lunch dish is the perfect remedy for Christmas excesses.
Preparation time 10 mins.

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• Coronation Turkey with homemade Chapattis - by Paul Merrett
A jar of homemade spicy Mayo will brighten up your Turkey leftovers - it makes a great sarnie filling too!
Preparation time 20 mins : Cooking time 30 mins plus resting

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• Melting Nachos with shredded Gammon - by Silvana Franco
A Mexican sharing dish of Cheesy Tortillas for friends and family, a great way to use up leftover Ham or Gammon.
Preparation time 5 mins : Cooking time 10 mins.

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• Jumbo Turkey Samosas - by Cassie Best
Use up leftover cooked Potatoes and Turkey in these spiced filo pastry parcels, then serve with tangy Mango Chutney.
Preparation time 25 mins : Cooking time 35 mins

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• Ham & Potato Hash with Baked Beans & healthy ‘fried’ Eggs - by Sarah Cook
Makeover your fry-up with this low-fat, low-calorie Ham Hash Brown and healthier 'fried' Eggs - a great brunch or weeknight dinner
Preparation time 10 mins : Cooking time 25 - 30 mins

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• Sweet Potato & Sprout Hash with poached Eggs - by Cassie Best
This quick and easy pan-fried dish uses up leftover Brussels Sprouts for a delicious Boxing day brunch, or a low fat, low calorie weeknight dinner
Preparation time 15 mins : Cooking time 25 mins.

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• Ham & Leek Cobbler
Use up a leftover chunk of Ham in this healthy, but hearty, family supper
Preparation time 10 mins : Cooking time 30 mins

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• Four & Twenty Chicken & Ham Pie
There aren't any blackbirds baked into it, but this stunning centrepiece will impress with its layers of Nuts, Fruit, Chicken and Gammon. Cuts into 12-15 slices
Preparation time 30 mins : Cooking time 1 hr 45 mins plus cooling and chilling.
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So whether you choose one of the recipes above - or are just inspired to explore further recipes we hope we have given you much food for thought - and helped to add that extra special something - that will make your Christmas Leftovers - Perfect!

We hope you enjoyed this last Chapter and all the previous Chapters on Making your Christmas - Perfect - be it Breakfasts, Brunches, Sides, the Main Event- and now finally what to do with those lovely Leftovers

All the Chapters are still Live for reference - as is our Christmas Carol story on what makes our Turkeys fabulous!

So it only remains for us to wish you a very Merry Christmas - and a Happy and Prosperous New Year



 

Ps Please do have a look at Chapter One, Two, Three and Four of our Christmas Carol now Live on www.godfreys.co which explains in detail what ensures your Christmas Turkey is going to be fabulous
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