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Recipes for Turkey Leftovers, Party Buffets & Candy
Christmas is the time of the year when you can get away with feasting on rich foods and watching lots of TV, and it also happens to be my favorite time of year! There are plenty of foods associated with Christmas, and I've compiled my favorites as well as the classics here on this page.
The traditional main meal is roast turkey with a variety of winter vegetables, but there are also a few alternatives including ham, gammon or pork, which I have provided recipes for below. As for desserts and sweets, there are Christmas puddings, chocolate cakes, Yule logs, cookies, candy and lots more besides. You will also find my favorite recipe for honey and mustard sausages which would make yummy snacks for party buffets.
I hope you find lots of recipes to try :)
Honey & Mustard Sausage Recipe - Perfect for Party Buffets
I'm a big fan of the classic honey and mustard combination anyway, but these sausages are particularly yummy! They're ideal for a party buffet or as a snack to share at a Christmas family get-together. Trust me, when we have these (served warm) they disappear extremely quickly :)
* Approx. 500g of cocktail (mini) sausages; preferably pork
If you want to use more (or less) sausages, adjust the rest of the ingredient amounts accordingly.
* 3 tbsp honey
* 2 tbsp wholegrain mustard
* 1 tbsp freshly chopped rosemary, plus a few sprigs of rosemary (optional)
* Cocktail sticks
* Ceramic baking dish
- Pre-heat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan/390°F/gas mark 6.
- Mix the chopped rosemary, honey and mustard together in a bowl.
- Add the sausages and mix them around carefully to make sure they all get a good coating.
- Pour the sausages into a ceramic baking dish, spreading them out evenly. Pour any leftover marinade from the bowl over the sausages.
- Bake them in the oven for 20 minutes, stirring the sausages every 5 minutes or so. The sausages are ready when they are brown in color and the sauce is very sticky.
- Leave to cool slightly and serve - with a few rosemary sprigs sprinkled over the top.
Christmas Books & Cooking Products
Here are 3 books I've picked out to give you even more recipe ideas as well as useful tips and expert advice. I've also included an excellent set of Christmas cookie cutters and a range of festive sprinkles:
Christmas Leftover Chelsea Buns
Traditional Roast Turkey & Vegetable Recipes - Turkey & All The Trimmings
- Traditional Roast Turkey Meal
Bacon-covered turkey with pork sausagemeat, sage and onion stuffing.
- Cranberry Glazed Turkey Breast
How to brine the meat, add a herb rub and then glaze with cranberries.
- Herb Roasted Turkey
With apple cider sauce (scroll down the page to see the recipe).
- Honey & Mustard Glazed Carrots
A classic flavor combination.
- Maple Mustard Glazed Carrots
Tangy and sweet coating for carrot accompaniments.
- Festive Duck Fat Roasted Potatoes
Plus a recipe for cumin and honey roasted carrots.
- Spiced Red Cabbage
Warming side dish made with red onions and cabbage.
- Scalloped Potato Gratin
A cream and cheese sliced potato dish.
- Roast Parsnips
Cooked with garlic and honey until crispy on the outside.
- Chile-Garlic Sweet Potatoes
Add a bit of heat to your Christmas dinner.
- Cheesy Brussel Sprout Gratin
Plus a few more suggestions on how to serve sprouts in more interesting ways.
- Crispy Potato Roast
Slow-baked tray of thinly sliced potato.
Christmas Tree Cupcakes
Ideas for what to do with Christmas Leftovers
- Christmas Leftover Recipes
Pot pie, turkey curry and other ideas for using up surplus food.
- New Year Noodles
Hot soup flavored with roast trimmings.
- Turkey & Chickpea Pilaf
Simple and flavorful lunch idea.
- Turkey & Stuffing Pasties
Scroll down the page to find a load more leftovers recipes too.
- Martha Stewart Turkey Recipes
Aimed at Thanksgiving leftovers but can also be used for xmas.
- Leftover Meats, Fruits & Veggies
A list of delicious recipes including puddings, stews and pies.
- Turkey & Caramelized Onion Tart
Puff pastry tarts are really easy ways of using up leftovers.
Chocolate Yule Log
Fun Sweets & Candy to Make
- Peppermint Bark
Milk chocolate and minty white chocolate layers, plus candy canes.
- Candied Orange Peels
Pretty garnishes that you can roll in sugar or dip in chocolate.
- Christmas Sugar Cubes
Cute pink, green and white sugar shapes you mold yourself.
- Christmas Pudding Cake Pops
Lovely decorated treats with berries dipped in edible glitter.
- Gingerbread Tree
Fun tree centerpiece made by stacking star-shaped cookies.
- Stained Glass Sugar Cookies
Edible Christmas tree ornaments with transparent candy patterns.
Mulled Wine & Mince Pies
Festive Desserts & Cakes
- Traditional Christmas Fruit Cake
Rich fruity cake with classic marzipan and icing decoration.
- Berry Pavlova
Light and refreshing dessert in a wreath shape.
- Black Forest Swiss Roll
Cherry and chocolate flavored roll-up cake.
- Decorated Coconut Cake
With impressive spun sugar Christmas trees on top.
- Strawberry Christmas Tree
How to easily make a spectacular-looking buffet dessert from strawberries.
- Bitesize Mince Pies
Small star-topped mince pie recipe from Nigella Lawson.
- Christmas Stollen Cupcakes
Stollen is traditionally eaten at Christmas, and now it's been turned into cupcakes!
- Classic Christmas Pudding
Brandy sauce recipe plus instructions on how to light the pudding.
Honey & Mustard Parsnips
More Tasty Inspiration
- Top 50 Christmas Foods
Creative ideas including mince pie ice-cream & crayfish prawn cocktail.
- Taste Spotting
Many pages of beautiful food photography and inspiration.
- BBC Good Food
Including categories like budget recipes, Christmas buffets and baking.
- Baking Mad
Huge collection of recipes including lots of sweets and kid's food.
- Food Gawker
An extensive and delicious-looking recipe collection to browse.
Holly Leaf Cake Pops
Delicious Roast Meats & Savory Treats - Alternatives to Turkey and More Ideas
- Marmalade Glazed Gammon
The sweet, sticky glaze looks yummy!
- Roasted Pork Tenderloin
Served with a cranberry orange relish.
- Christmas Spiced Roast Chicken
Chicken is a good alternative to turkey if you're having a small Christmas.
- Roast Duck with Port & Cherry Sauce
And a side accompaniment of fried brussel sprouts.
- Maple Brined Pork Roast
A gluten-free option.
- Vegetarian Christmas Recipes
Nut roasts, vegetable roasts, tagines and much more.
- Vegan Veggie Loaf
A vegan alternative to meat, with prunes, apples and hazelnuts.
Peppermint Candy Cane Bark
Accompaniments, Extras & Fun Things to Cook - Plus a Few Drinks Recipes Too
- Roast Chestnuts
A classic winter snack that's easy to make.
- No-Fail Turkey Gravy
Easy and tasty gravy made from the pan drippings.
- Easy Cranberry Sauce
Only 3 ingredients and one of those is water!
- Mom's Turkey Stuffing
Delicious stuffing made with turkey stock.
- Pigs in Blankets
Little sausages wrapped in bacon are excellent party buffet food.
- Apple Brandy Cider
Spiced drink to warm you up on cold nights.
- Eggnog Recipe
Creamy traditional drink for Christmas.
- Mulled Wine
Jamie Oliver recipe for spiced and fruity red wine.