How To Make The Most Out of Christmas Leftovers
For us at Tower, the best thing about Christmas isn’t the giving and receiving of gifts (although that is quite good) but the endless conveyor belt of delicious festive food. There’s nothing better than enjoying a lovingly prepared Christmas dinner with friends and family and then following that up over the strange, timeless period betwixt Christmas Day and New Year with all manner of cheese, chutneys, crackers, mince pies, mulled w…well, you get the gist.
The only downside to all this however is the amount of leftovers that your accrue, meaning that you often end up eating derivatives of the dishes you enjoyed on Christmas day for what seems like weeks after. If you want to escape this culinary feedback loop then read on as we bring your three interesting ways to use up Christmas leftovers…
As delicious as it may be on Christmas morning, smoked salmon is quite expensive – so you’ll want to make sure you use all that you buy. Prevent leftover fish from going into the bin by making these quick and tasty smoked salmon rolls.
Smoked Salmon Rolls
- Mix the cream cheese and crème fraîche together in a mixing bowl.
- Add the chopped chives – the Tower Dual Bladed Mini Chopper is a handy tool for preparing the chives.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Spread the mixture on the four slices of smoked salmon.
- Roll and serve chilled.
There’s a good chance that you’ll have quite a bit of meat and herbs leftover from the festivities, so rather than chowing down on boring turkey for several post-Christmas days, whip up this delicious salsa to jazz up roast chicken, turkey and, well pretty much anything!
- Roughly chop whatever herbs you have left (stems included) – you can either do this by hand using a sharp knife or plump to save time by getting yourself a Tower Dual Bladed Mini Chopper.
- Place the in a food processor such as the Tower 2 in 1 Food Processor and Blender with some oil and chopped garlic and pulse until you have a thick consistency.
- Liberally spread on fish, chicken or roasted vegetables – the Tower 8 in 1 Multi Cooker is great for roasting all these things and more!
If you’re bored with endlessly shovelling foil-wrapped chocolates into your mouth, why not use the ones left rattling round the bottom of the tin to make these awesome Christmas Chocolate Brownies?
Christmas Chocolate Brownies
- Preheat the oven to 160°C and line a 40cm baking tray with baking paper.
- Place the chocolate and chopped butter in a microwave-safe bowl and heat in the microwave for one minute on a high setting.
- Remove from the microwave and stir until smooth using a heat-proof utensil (the Tower Cerasafe Utensil Set with Carousel has a few to choose from).
- In another bowl, whisk the sugar with the eggs until light and creamy.
- Add the melted chocolate to the whisked eggs, add the vanilla extract and mix thoroughly. You can do this by hand or save some time by using something like the Tower 300W Stick Blender.
- Now sift in the flour and cocoa powder and mix together well. Add the chopped leftover Christmas chocolates and mixed spice.
- Using a spatula, transfer the chocolate mixture into the baking tin.
- Place in the preheated oven and cook for around 20 – 25 minutes. To check if they’re done, push a clean knife into the middle – if it comes out clean, they’re fully cooked.
- Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack for around 10 minutes before cutting into squares and serving with a dollop of vanilla ice cream.
Those three easy to make, yet delicious recipes should keep you going over the festive season and prevent you from subsisting on a weird diet of cheese and crackers and Haribo. If you have any useful recipes for making use of excess Christmas fare then hit us up via our Facebook or Twitter channels and we’ll do our best to share them with our followers.