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Festive Leftover Recipes

Published:Thursday | December 22, 2016 | 12:00 AMKrysta Anderson
Using your Christmas cake in a parfait is a great way for Christmas to keep on giving.
A casserole can use up all your leftovers, adding whatever you desire to make it your own.
A shephard's pie is a great way to utilise leftovers.

The festive season might be coming to an end, but the feasting doesn't have to. We know you all have many leftovers just taking up space in your refrigerator. So, courtesy of chef Noel Cunningham, we have whipped up four delectable recipes just for you to try at home. 

Pineapple Ham Fried Rice

2 cups of cooked rice (leftover plain rice)

1 cup diced ham and diced pineapples

a splash of soy sauce

1tbsp grated ginger

2 stalks chopped scallion

4 cloves of finely chopped garlic

Mixed vegetable (leftover)



Sautee garlic, ginger and pineapple in oil until translucent. Then add ham, (other meats if you desire), rice and the soy sauce. Stir while cooking under high heat, add scallion. Toss and serve hot!

Christmas cake parfait

Whipped cream

Leftover Christmas cake crumbles

1 cup sorrel (sweetened)

Maraschino cherry


For the sorrel glaze.

Reduce sorrel with 2tsp corn starch on medium to low heat.


For the parfait

Put whipped cream at the bottom of the glass, add cake crumbles, more whipped cream, sorrel glaze and then continue until the glass is full. Top with cherry and enjoy.

You name it Casserole

The good thing about a one-pot dish is that you can add anything you want to - even your leftovers.


In a large bowl, add leftover meats (ham, chicken, lamb, you name it) and vegetables.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Top with mixed cheese of your choice cheddar and mozzarella cheese, and breadcrumbs.

Bake for 20 minutes and savour the flavour.

Ham and gungo peas soup

Don't throw away your ham bone. Here's a quick and easy soup recipe.

1 ham bone

1 cup Coconut milk

2 stalks Scallion

2 sprig Thyme

7 pimento berries

1 Scotch bonnet pepper

1lbs of gungo peas

Ground provision of your choice



In a large soup pot, put ham bone and gungo to boil. Once the peas are tender, add ground provision, dry seasoning and coconut milk.

Leave to simmer for 30-45 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste, then enjoy.

Leftover Shepherd's pie

Leftover beef, chicken or

leftover mashed potato

Tomato sauce

Parmesan cheese

Mixed vegetables


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a baking dish, add the cooked chicken and/or beef to the dish, cover with leftover mashed potato and top with cheese. Pop in the oven and bake until golden. Then eat!


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