Leftover Christmas recipes from the Luxembourg Times

Leftover Christmas recipes from the Luxembourg Times

It’s that time of year again. There were office parties, festive markets, mulled wine, ice skating and curling up on the sofa watching Christmas movies. And to top it all off, the family gathered at your house and you prepared a huge feast on Christmas Day.

Several glasses of wine and several servings of potatoes and turkey later you’ll feel full and think, “What am I going to do with all this leftover food?”

Well don’t be afraid, Luxembourg Times The team has come together to bring you the best way to turn leftover Christmas Day meals into delicious meals or snacks for the next few days.

Beef noodle salad with ginger sauce

If, like our correspondent Jannik Hansen, you’re eating beef for Christmas dinner, turning it into a salad can be a great option for something lighter the next day. You can also throw in any other vegetables you have on hand.

Use leftover beef in pasta salad © Image source: Shutterstock

If, like our correspondent Jannik Hansen, you’re eating beef for Christmas dinner, turning it into a salad can be a great option for something lighter the next day. You can also throw in any other vegetables you have on hand.

ingredients

For noodles

  • 300 grams of vermicelli

  • 150 grams of sugar peas

  • 8 radishes, sliced

  • 1 thumb of red hot pepper, finely chopped

  • A small bunch of finely chopped coriander

  • 85 grams of dry roasted peanuts

  • Leftover roast beef and any other leftover vegetables you want to add

For the sauce

  • 3 balls of finely chopped ginger stem

  • 2 tablespoons syrup

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 2 tablespoons of rice wine vinegar

  • 2 teaspoons of sesame oil

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Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well together. You can serve it immediately or leave it in the refrigerator for up to one day.

Pound cake

Editor-in-Chief Cordula Schnoer uses all the leftover ground hazelnuts, almonds and chocolate chips from baking Christmas cookies to make pound cake. Just find a recipe for a regular cake and add what’s left in your pantry. If the dough becomes too thick, just add a little milk. It’s her family’s favorite and perfect for coming home after a winter break with a cup of tea.

Stew with meat or vegetables

Publishing director Hanel Jacob and his family sometimes eat KFC on Christmas Day. Yes, this is correct. But when they decide to cook for the occasion, they then prepare the soup from the remaining ingredients. You can add any type of meat or keep it vegetarian, making it a versatile recipe depending on what you decide to cook this year.

Jacob’s family sometimes chooses a chicken curry dish at Christmas © Image source: Shutterstock

Publishing director Hanel Jacob and his family sometimes eat KFC on Christmas Day. Yes, this is correct. But when they decide to cook for the occasion, they then prepare the soup from the remaining ingredients. You can add any type of meat or keep it vegetarian, making it a versatile recipe depending on what you decide to cook this year.

ingredients:

For marinade

For the sauce

  • 2 cm ginger cut into slices

  • 1 onion cut into cubes

  • About four green hot peppers, as desired

  • 3 sprigs of curry leaves

  • 2 potatoes cut into cubes

  • 1 cup of water

  • a pinch of salt

  • 400 ml of coconut milk

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Put all the marinade ingredients together and mix in a bowl using a spoon. Leave it to soak for about an hour. When ready, fry the marinated meat in a pan until the meat is cooked but not overcooked.

To prepare the sauce, mix everything except the coconut milk in a pan. After the potatoes are cooked, add the coconut milk and marinated meat, bring to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes.

chicken soup

It’s very rare for reporter Tracy Hendricks’ family to have leftovers. The menu changes every year and the family member who prepares the meals carefully plans the portions. There are usually a lot of fancy dishes, so if there is roasted chicken or guinea fowl, they may use the carcass to make chicken soup the next day because there won’t be much room in their stomachs for anything substantial. .

Cooked breakfast

Do it again one morning like reporter Duncan Roberts and make big frying pans with whatever you have left.

Saute the remaining potatoes, any meat (although bacon makes it more of a breakfast staple) and vegetables (veggies such as kale, sprouts, spinach or parsnips are good) and add a fried egg and some crème fraîche if you prefer it creamier. Simply fry all the ingredients together to get the stir fry filling.

Sandwiches and casseroles

Reporter Emery B. D’Alessio eats a roasted prime rib for Christmas dinner, with potatoes, Brussels sprouts and various trimmings. With leftovers he suggests making sandwiches. But as an American who celebrates Thanksgiving, he suggested a number of ways to eat leftover turkey.

These include turkey casserole, turkey and egg cutlets, turkey enchiladas, or if you prefer chicken for Christmas dinner, chicken and rice soup.

Casserole is a great way to use up leftover turkey scraps © Image source: Shutterstock

These include turkey casserole, turkey and egg cutlets, turkey enchiladas, or if you prefer chicken for Christmas dinner, chicken and rice soup.

7. Christmas dinner…again!

Or finally, like our correspondent John Monaghan, who loves a Christmas roast, but doesn’t like the idea of ​​turning dinner leftovers into sandwiches, you can defy tradition and make another one the next day!

Christmas dinner with potatoes, Yorkshire pudding and gravy © Image source: Shutterstock

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