In the Barrie household, we have a bit of a tradition going on with regards to Christmas lunch/dinner. We alternate “traditional turkey” with another meat and/or theme altogether (although I do insist that brussel sprouts are incorporated into the meal somehow)!
Mr B has taken charge of the Christmas Day meal for our 5 christmases together so far and has come up with excellent food each year.
This year, we were very prepared and bought our choice of meat very early on so it could be stored in the freezer. We are switching our food shop to Morrisons as we find the quality of their fresh produce to be excellent for the cost. One such week in September we saw a 3kg shoulder of pork on sale for less than £8 so we snapped it up, knowing that it would yield lots for leftovers.
We are fans of pulled pork so we decided on a mexican/southern states theme for our Christmas meal this year, with sides of mac n cheese (with added bacon and brussel sprouts) and baked sweet potatoes with homemade smoky baked beans, which you can see in the picture above. We still had almost 2kg of leftovers so once we had portioned it all up, we put most of it in the freezer and left out two lots to use up in leftover dishes.
Mr B made pulled pork pasties for Boxing Day, and the following day I used another portion on homemade pizza bases. Also incorporated into both recipes was some queso blanco cheese which I made on Christmas Eve using my Ultimate Cheesemaking kit,which I’ve had for a few months begging to be used!
The pulled pork pasties were very easy to make. Using a sheet of shortcrust pastry, Mr B made 6 mini pasties and filled them with cooked root vegetables, pulled pork and a dollop of queso blanco.
I made a quick pizza dough using a recipe by Jack Monroe which is very similar to this updated version. Topped with some passata and oregano, pulled pork, mushrooms, olives and queso blanco, this was very tasty indeed!
What’s your favourite way of using up Christmas leftovers?