I know I’m getting in early here as Christmas is a few days away, and everyone is thinking about what to make for Christmas to enjoy with family and friends, not worrying about the day after. But that’s the point here, we shop and shop and cook and eat, and there is always food that goes to waste. I detest wasting food, it’s so unnecessary. Go on, those who know me may be laughing right now as they know I am always guilty of putting too much food on the table. Sorry, that’s the Italian Mama in me – the urge to feed! But seriously, no matter how much food I cook nothing goes to waste. In actual fact some of the meals I make that come from the ‘leftovers’ can be more delicious than the primary meal!
Most of us will share a ham or turkey of some kind Christmas day. It’s tradition, and hey the supermarket certainly puts them out there front and centre making us feel like it’s not Christmas if we don’t have a ham or turkey on the table. But I don’t know of anyone (and excuse me if I’m wrong) that ever eats it all on Christmas day. There is always leftover turkey and ham covered in clingwrap in the fridge. It all may have sounded like a good idea before Christmas : “we’ll eat the leftovers as sandwiches etc’, but seriously, after Christmas is over the idea of eating leftovers in sandwiches for a week isn’t that appealing to me.
My all time favourite meal to make out of Christmas leftovers (or pretty much anything leftover actually) is Frittata. It’s kind of like a fat omelette/quiche without the pastry. Once you make one, you’ll see how versatile it can be. You can throw in any type of cooked vegetables or meat that you like. It’s all cooked in one pan, and is a nice light meal for the whole family. If you’ve got fussy kids (like mine), they may just eat that broccoli that they wouldn’t eat for dinner last night if it’s been thrown into a frittata for the next night’s meal (but I’m not making any guarantees!). It can be eaten hot, room temperature or straight out of the fridge. This is a fantastic way to use up what you’ve got and get dinner on the table for next to nothing. My favourite style of cooking!
You could use any leftovers really, however if you’ve only got vegetables to thrown in, make sure you boost in some flavour from roasted capsicum or some zingy fresh herbs. If you’re happy to throw in meat I always add sauteed bacon if I don’t have ham. I’ve even thrown in cooked potatoes (like a pseudo Spanish omelette) or leftover pasta before, and it’s always delicious.
So when you’re still rubbing your tummy from the all the indulgent food you ate Christmas day, open the fridge and find a mound of leftover turkey or ham, grab the carton of eggs and a frypan and throw it all in to make a quick, easy and delicious meal with hardly any effort at all. You’ll love it so much you will be making it again and again, regardless of whether you have leftovers or not.
Have a safe and happy Christmas everyone. Keep cooking. xx