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The ultimate Christmas turkey leftover recipes

The build up to Christmas and preparing for the biggest and best meal of the year is so exciting and time-consuming it’s easy to forget about what comes after it. Despite how big your family is or how much your uncle says he can eat, the likelihood is there will be leftovers, especially if you cooked a big turkey. So, what are you going to do with them?

No one likes food waste, particularly at such an expensive time of year where every penny counts, plus even though it doesn’t feel like it, you will be hungry and want to eat on Boxing Day too!

That’s why we have put together this article, covering some of our most delicious and popular Christmas turkey leftover recipes. These dishes are quick and easy to make so you don’t have to worry about spending another day in the kitchen. Kick back, relax and feed the family without the fuss this Boxing Day and beyond.

Boxing Day turkey curry

Who doesn’t love a good curry? This Boxing Day turkey curry recipe is a great way to use up all that leftover meat without compromising on freshness or flavour. Also, when you’ve had a big, heavy meal the day before you’re not likely to want the same again, which is why a curry is a great way to spice things up (pun intended).
Paired with your choice of plain, boiled, or steamed rice, this curry keeps things light and easy with the added benefit of minimal washing up too.

Christmas turkey sandwich

Bubble and squeak might sound a bit old fashioned, but classics stick around for a reason. Making Boxing Day bubble and squeak with turkey is one of the best way to utilise as much of your leftovers as possible, whilst making something that is flavourful and enjoyable to eat in the process.
Not many dishes can make vegetables exciting but this bubble and squeak with the leftover Christmas turkey is a hearty meal even the kids will love. If you really want to get creative with this, you could even add some bacon in with the turkey for that extra meaty flavour.

Leftover turkey brie smash burgers

This is one of our favourite leftover turkey recipes, it’s full of flavours and everyone loves burgers. The great thing about burgers is they don’t have to be just for summer. If you’ve got leftovers from your Christmas dinner, making burgers is a useful and delicious way to use them up and feed the family on Boxing Day.

After cooking your burgers and adding the brie cheese, simply add your sliced cooked turkey on top the patties along with some cranberry sauce and you’ve created the perfect Christmas turkey burger with brie that is sure to get mouths watering. These burgers also make a useful hangover cure for the adults who enjoyed a few drinks over the holidays.


There’s so much you can do with just a few pieces of leftover turkey. With the post-Christmas leftover recipes, we’ve listed you can cater to your whole family’s tastes and ensure no food goes to waste this holiday season.

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