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Five Creative Ways to use Christmas Leftovers

The guests have gone, the dishes have been packed away, and you’re just starting to relax into Boxing Day. If you find yourself wondering what to do with all that ham and turkey you’ve got sitting in your fridge, we’ve got five creative ways to use Christmas leftovers, including tasty Asian sandwiches and summery salads.

Turkey bahn mi

Give your leftover turkey a Vietnamese accent by bundling it into a bahn mi sandwich. Start by making some quick-smart pickles: stir ½ cup white vinegar and 2 tsp sugar in a pan over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Allow to cool slightly, then add shredded carrot and daikon radish. Sit for 15 minutes, then drain. Take a crusty baguette, slather with mayonnaise and leftover stuffing, then fill with turkey meat, cucumber, spring onion, coriander, chopped chilli and your pickled carrot and daikon. It sure beats your standard turkey sandwich!

Nasi goreng

If you’re anything like us, you’re staring down the barrel of ham for days. One delicious way to translate the Christmas ham into a satisfying dinner is to whip up a batch of nasi goreng, a fried rice favourite in Indonesia and Malaysia. Simply follow this authentic recipe for nasi goreng, switching out the chicken for diced ham instead. Hint: it also works a treat with turkey.

Nasi goreng

Prawn rice paper rolls

Fresh prawns may not be a ‘traditional’ Christmas Day dish, but in many Australian households they’re a must. If you find yourself with leftover prawns, why not turn them into a light lunch of Vietnamese spring rolls. Take a peek at our traditional Vietnamese spring roll recipe here, and while you’re at it, throw in some of the leftover roast pork too!

Pan-fried Pork Patty in Vietnamese Rice Paper Roll Recipe

Duck lettuce cups

For smaller Christmas gatherings, we like serving roast duck instead of the mammoth turkey. If you have leftover duck at your disposal, you’ve got a wealth of Chinese recipes at hand. Try these Peking duck rolls with hoisin sauce, or chop up the duck meat for an indulgent take on san choy bow.

san choy bow

Thai turkey salad

Following the excesses of Christmas Day, chances are you’ll have a hankering light, bright dishes in the days to come. For a flavour-packed lunch or dinner that’s light on calories, try this Southern Thai salad. You can throw in anything from roast turkey and pork to chilled fresh prawns, or even a combination of all three! The zesty dressing and vegetables will provide the cleansing crunch and flavours you crave.

For more seasonal cooking inspiration, try our fresh picnic ideas for lazy summer days.

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