Zero Waste Christmas Leftover Recipes By Social Pantry

Keep your ‘zero waste’ table colourful this Christmas with Alex Head’s table styling tips and simple leftover recipes that will make sure you get the most from your Christmas feast.

Reducing food waste is the latest hot trend taking the media by storm and we are loving it. One of David Attenborough’s life mottos is “to waste less”. Well, if it is good enough for Sir David, it’s definitely good enough for us.

There is no better time to start reducing food waste than the festive season so make sure your household is on board this Christmas. To help you embrace your leftovers I’ve created 2 simple, easy and fun recipes to help you make the best of your Boxing Day leftovers this year.

You are in good company if you tend to get over excited when creating a festive feast and end up cooking too much food. My simple and tasty recipes will be the perfect antidote to the annual Christmas overindulgence.

The Social Pantry Christmas leftover recipes

Left over turkey? Check. Left over veggies? Check. Left over cheese? Check. Left over Chutney? Check. Whether you’re dining alone or feeding a crowd, make sure your leftovers are the stars of the show with these fun, fresh recipes.

Leftover Cheeseboard Toastie

I love putting together and enjoying a cheeseboard at Christmas, but we rarely manage to eat that much after a full roast, puddings (plural) and endless choccies. Well do not worry….All Hail the Toastie! For me, nothing beats brunch or, a melted cheese toastie, when you combine the two, you’ll be sure to get your Boxing Day off to the best start. Whether you have a long Boxing Day walk, family gathering or just a movie marathon on the sofa planned, this toastie will set you up for the day.

The beauty of a toastie is that you can put anything into it and it’ll taste great. If you have left over bacon, turkey or stuffing, feel free to get creative and add them in. For our toastie we used a combination of blue cheese and cheddar and cranberry and brie. Gruyere, mustard and prosciutto is another delicious combination. As an alternative, bagels also make a delicious toastie.



  • 3 slices of granary toast
  • 1 knob of butter
  • 50g leftover cheese, grated or sliced
  • 2tbsp of chutney (you can also use mustard)


  1. Heat up a frying pan or griddle pan
  2. Butter all sides of the bread and mark on the griddle until golden brown
  3. Load and layer one side of each slice of bread with your chosen filling
  4. Season the filling, grill for 3–4 mins or until the cheese has melted
  5. Take out of the oven and build the sandwich
  6. Serve with a fresh green salad and a whole tray of condiments

Cheese toastie

Left Over Sprout Salad

Fresh, green, crisp and light – the best side kick to the rich cheese.


  1. Slice your brussels sprouts in half and place in a salad bowl
  2. If you have left over green beans, peas or cabbage add them to the bowl
  3. Add in a bag of crisp leaves, watercress is great for adding a lightness
  4. Dress with a light vinaigrette
  5. Sprinkle over some toasted sunflower or pumpkin seeds and feta if you have them to hand

Leftover brussel sprout salad

Leftover Turkey Fried Rice

If your house is anything like mine, there will be an endless flow of people coming and going throughout the Christmas period, and there is always a time where a quick fix, light lunch is called for. Whip up a batch of this quick fix turkey rice and it’ll be a tasty grazing solution for everyone. Served in the middle of the table with a large sharing salad, it will make feeding a crowd hassle free.



  • 1tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely sliced
  • 2tbsp sesame oil
  • 2tbsp soy sauce
  • 2tbsp siracha
  • 1tbsp rice vinegar
  • Dried chilli flakes, optional
  • 600g cooked rice, white or brown or 200g rice, cooked to packed instructions
  • 1 head of shredded kale blanched and refreshed in iced water, if you have cabbage leftover, use this instead
  • Leftover roasted veg from Christmas Day, we use heritage carrots and parsnips, brussel sprouts and pancetta
  • 400g approx. shredded turkey from the roasted bird


  1. Mix all sauce ingredients together in a small bowl or jug.
  2. Place a large pan on a medium heat, once hot add the vegetable oil and sliced garlic and fry until golden.
  3. Add the sauce ingredients to the pan with the garlic, as soon as it starts to bubble in the bottom of the pan, pour in the rice and stir to coat the rice in the sauce. Stir continuously on a medium heat for 3-5 minutes.
  4. Mix in the shredded turkey meat and vegetables and stir on a high heat for 5-8 minutes, or until completely heated through.
  5. Taste, and check seasoning.
  6. Alter the spice with siracha and/or dried chilli flakes.

Leftover turkey fried rice

Alex Head’s table style tips:

  • Add in colour where possible. More is more and that is a rule I stick to.
  • Simple handwritten place names, a splash of colour with crackers, pompom place holders or candles will add a touch of style to your Christmas leftover table. Keeping your table styled with brightly coloured plates and napkins will turn any leftovers into a stylish, fun feast.
  • If you have any bright green pot plants get them on the table too to bring it all to life.

In need of a complementary cocktail – check out our recipes below, as well as some delicious canape ideas from Tart London. Make sure your table looks as stylish as Alex’s with some brand new tableware and Sophie Robinson’s 3 Christmas decorating scheme ideas.

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