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Our 10 best Christmas leftovers recipes

Got a fridge full of leftovers? Our favourite Christmas leftovers recipes are here to save the day. Whether you want to use up the remains of a cheeseboard or odds and ends leftover from Christmas dinner, we have everything you need to transform your festive leftovers into something delicious.

Cheeseboard nachos
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Cheeseboard nachos

Got a fridge full of leftovers? Our cheeseboard nachos are here to save the day! Use whatever leftover cheeses you have and layer on top of nachos with cranberry sauce, turkey and bacon – whatever's going.

1. Heat the oil over medium heat. Fry the onion with the cumin and chipotle, stir in the garlic. Cook for a few mins, then add the turkey and black beans. Cook for 5 mins, take off the heat and set aside.

2. Spread the tortilla chips over a large roasting tin or baking dish. Cut up the cheese into small cubes, about 1cm cubed.

3. Heat the oven to gas 6, 180°C, fan 160°C.

4. Layer on your nacho toppings: first the turkey and beans, spread evenly over the chips. Then top with the bacon, dot with the cranberry sauce and top with the cheese. Bake for 10-15 mins until the cheese has just melted.

5. Remove from the oven and top with spoonfuls of the jalapenos, avocado, lime wedges and coriander, then serve.

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  • Ingredients
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil​
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp chipotle paste
  • 6 slices of cooked bacon, sliced into strips
  • 350g leftover turkey, shredded
  • 1 tin black beans, drained
  • 300g leftover cheese from a cheese board - Cheddar, Camembert, Stilton etc, cut into 1cm cubes
  • 4 tbsp cranberry sauce
  • 50g pickled or fresh jalapeño peppers, optional
  • 2 limes​
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 10g coriander, roughly chopped
  • 2 x 200g bag tortilla chips