Its that time of the year again foodies, albeit a very different year than those gone before. We’ve all had to adjust to a different life style and approach the last months with care and intrepidation, whilst we wonder whats going to happen next!
Some of us may not have any left overs to “love” this year, with restrictions making it impossible to meet up with members of our families. While others may have too much food hoping that restrictions may been eased.
Whatever your situation, you will find three recipes below which may inspire you. Wishing everyone a healthy, happy Christmas, with hopes that 2021 will slowly bring some normality into out lives. #staysafe.
Hear us on BBC Radio Wiltshire on Boxing day 26th December 2020.
Sweet Potato and Bacon Soup.
Serves 6, Allergens: Dairy. G/F Suitable for freezing.
- 1kg Sweet Potatoes. Peeled and diced
- 250g Bacon. Diced. Can be a mixture of leftover cooked ham and bacon.
- 1 Large or 2 small Apples, Cored, peeled and diced.
- 1 large Carrot. diced.
- 2 Sticks Celery diced
- 1 Vegetable Stock Cube. OR Turkey Stock if you have some left over.
- 500ml Dry Cider, or water if you don’t like alcohol.
- 2 Cloves Garlic. Peeled & crushed.
- 3 Tbspns Olive Oil
- Left over stuffing.
- 6 Tbspns. Double Cream.
Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan, add the veg and bacon – or ham. Fry, covered for 10 mins until the veg have softened. If you have any left over, cooked carrots or parsnips add these as well.
Add the stock cube with 250 ml water. Pour over the cider, or add an extra 500 ml water if not using cider. Cover and simmer for 30 mins, until the veg are tender.
Add the crushed garlic and seasoning. Using a stick blender whizz until smooth.
Add extra water if you prefer a thinner consistency.
Ladle into bowls, swirl a tablespoon on cream onto each bowl, decorate with crumbled leftover stuffing.
Eggs Baked with Smoked Salmon & Avocado
Serves 1 Allergens: Fish, Dairy, Egg. G/F. V
- 1, Large Egg
- Butter for greasing
- 1/2 ripe Avocado. Perfect for using up those soft ones.
- Salt & Freshly milled black pepper.
- 1. Tbspn Cream
- 50g Smoked salmon, cut into strips.
This recipe serves 1. For each person you will need to double up the ingredients.
Warm a small ramekin dish or other individual ovenproof container.
Thoroughly butter each one.
Mash the avocado in the bottom of the dish.
Carefully crack the egg into the dish and season well.
Spoon a Tbspn of cream over the egg.
Place the dish in a ovenproof pan. Fill with boiling water to within 1.3 cm of the rim of the dish. Cover and bake in a preheated oven 350 F, 180 c, Gas No. 4. for 10 – 12 mins. The whites should be set, but the yolks still runny. Scatter the smoked salmon strips on top, dust with paprika and serve with seeded toast fingers.
Boozy Leftover Pud
Serves 6, Allergens: Egg, dairy. V
INGREDIENTS. Allergens: Egg, Dairy. Serves 6 Oven 180 c 350 F Gas MK 5 Time taken 20 mins + Standing time & Cooking
Slices of Stollen Christmas Cake, Christmas Pud, Croissants, Sourdough Bread.
3 Large Free Range Local Eggs
150ml Double Cream
2 Tbspns Rum, or Cointreau
Grated rind of 1 large Orange
1/2 Tspn Freshly grated Nutmeg & Cinnamon.
Butter a large oven proof serving dish & lay the slices of Stollen over the base, building several layers.
Beat together the eggs, cream, orange rind, liqueur & spices.
Pour over the sliced Stollen pushing the slices down to cover in the liquid.
Leave to stand for 40mins.
Bake in the centre of the oven for approx 45mins until the pudding is just firm in the centre.
Allow to cool slightly, before serving, dust with Icing Sugar and add a good dollop of Clotted Cream or clotted cream Ice Cream.
If you want to use Croissants slice them & spread with Nutella. The addition of some of those bananas, wasting in the fruit bowl, also compliments this dessert. Omit, the alcohol, for a fruity childrens pud.
For more ideas on what to do with your Christmas Leftovers. I will be on The morning show at 9.45 on Boxing Day morning. 26th December 2020 BBC Radio Wiltshire