Compliments of the season to you all! I know I've been a bit of a grinch on here and I avoided mentioning Christmas but it wasn't so bad after all. I definitely had a lovely time with family and friends while stuffing my face. I ate a lot of things that I would normally try to avoid like cheese, cream, and all the good full-fat dairy stuff! My motto? YOLO. My skin is currently paying for my sins but it was totally worth it.

I for one know that I've got a few leftovers in the fridge at home and I bet you do too so I thought I would share the Christmas leftovers guide below. The recipes are a great way to spice up your leftovers and personally, I can not wait to try the "Bacon, Mac n' Cheese Potato Cupcakes". If you're vegetarian or vegan then fear not, the "Veggie Christmas Burger" and the "Christmas Kebabs" recipes can be altered to suit your dietary requirements.

The best thing about these recipes is how easy they are to follow. Read on for proof!


Festive Nachos

Ingredients (for 4 people)
- 1 share bag of tortilla chips
- As much leftover meat as possible!
- 2 tomatoes
- 2 green peppers
- Salsa or cranberry sauce (as much as you like)
- 2 cups of shredded cheese
- JalapeƱos or chillies (optional)

Cooking Instructions
- Lay the tortilla chips out on an appropriate baking tray
- Begin to apply toppings, the order is optional, however cheese on the top is highly recommended
- Make sure your oven is heated to 200°C and bake for 10-12 minutes till the cheese has melted


Veggie Christmas Burger

Ingredients (for 4 people)
- Any leftover vegetables (quantity depends on the size of your burger)
- 2 cups of cheese
- 1 bag of salad for garnish
- 4 bread buns
- Cranberry/apple/mint sauce


Cooking Instructions
- Cut all vegetables you intend to use into as small pieces as possible
- Proceed by using a potato masher to break your ingredients into one mixture
- Begin to manipulate the mix into burger patties
- Add oil to a frying pan and cook the burgers for 3-4 minutes on either side
- Toast or warm bread if appropriate and serve with a side salad


Yorkshire Pudding Calzone

Ingredients (per Calzone)
- 140g of flour
- 4 eggs
- 200ml of milk
- Dash of oil
- Any leftovers you want!

Cooking Instructions (if all ingredients have been pre-cooked)
- Tip the flour into a mixing bowl and add 4 eggs, beat the mixture till smooth
- Add 200 ml of milk and continue to beat
- Add a dash of oil into a large round baking tray and heat at 200°C until warm
- Pour mixture into the warmed baking tray and cook for 20-25 minutes until the Yorkshire pudding is golden and puffy
- Remove the pudding from the oven and begin filling it with your ingredients but don’t get too greedy as you’ll need to roll this up
- Once rolled, place back in the over for around 10-12 minutes (depending on what your ingredients are)


Bacon, Mac n’ Cheese Potato Cupcakes

Ingredients
- 400g of tube shaped pasta
- 2 cups of cheese (or as much as you like)
- 1 egg
- 1 onion (optional)
- As much leftover bacon as possible
- Cooking spray
- Cupcake case

Cooking Instructions (24 cupcakes)
- Begin by boiling your pasta for around 12-15 minutes
- Once heated add your cheese, egg and onion into a mixture and beat until as smooth as possible
- Once beaten, begin pouring mixture into a cupcake tray which will help form the shape
- Take any leftover bacon you have from pigs in blankets or Christmas breakfast and crumble on top of each individual cupcake
- Apply a small amount of cooking spray to the cupcakes and place in an oven that has been pre-heated at 180°C
- Cook for around 12-15 minutes and serve 5 minutes later once the cupcakes have cooled


Christmas Kebabs

Ingredients
- Any and all Christmas dinner leftovers that can be skewered

Cooking Instructions
- Simply pick and choose the ingredients you want
- Place a skewer through a secure part of the food to avoid it dropping off
- Place the skewer on a grill and cook at a medium heat from anywhere between 5-10 minutes depending on what’s on your stick


There you have it. Which one of these recipes will you be trying first? Let me know in the comments section!


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