Turkey, roast potatoes and all the trimmings; it's quite a bit more than the normal Sunday lunch. And that's not counting the pudding, pigs in blankets, chocolates and the rest.
By the time you've done your Christmas supermarket shop, the average person will have spent around £60 (Sh8700) just on food alone.
When you then factor in Boxing Day, and all meals up to New Year, you'll be racking up a bill well into the hundreds - but how much do you actually eat?
One in three UK consumers admit to binning turkey and sprouts for their Christmas dinner before it even reaches the table because of their lack of culinary knowhow, Sainsbury's research found in past years.
Adding to this, UK households throw away 7 million tonnes of food every year, with householders more likely to bin food over the festive season because they don’t know how to prepare it, and because they've over estimated their portions.
But it doesn't have to be that way, with a bit of creativity, any uneaten Christmas Day dinner can be turned into tasty food for all the family on Boxing Day and beyond. Here are some of the best ideas I've found.
- Boxing Day Breakfast
Bubble and squeak pancakes: With a slight twist on the normal bubble and squeak you might have on Boxing Day, add a couple of eggs to the mixture to make a delicious festive breakfast.
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Just as yummy as the real thing and won’t take long to cook. You could even chuck fried egg on top for good measure.
Christmas turkey omelette: If bubble and squeak isn’t your thing, make use of your leftover turkey by adding it to an omelette for breakfast.
Heat up your meat then add in the eggs for an easy dish that will not only set your day off to a good start but will put that leftover turkey to good use.
It’s also a lighter option after the Christmas day lunch and it’s quick enough to cook so you can start playing charades in double quick time.
- Boxing Day Lunch
Hot turkey sandwich: It wouldn’t be Boxing Day without the classic turkey sandwich. I like to go one step further though and have my turkey sandwich hot, with some tasty leftover stuffing and gravy. Yummy!
Rather than a quick snack, this can easily turn into a meal itself that you may just need to leave until Boxing Day supper if you don’t have any room.
Leftover pizza: Rather than having a cold lunch on Boxing Day, create your own pizza by using Christmas Day leftovers. Simply make your own pizza base using basic ingredients in your cupboard and throw on anything you’ve got left over including the sprouts!
Pizza is great for sharing with anyone you’re celebrating Christmas with and a perfect meal to settle down on the sofa with for those classic Boxing Day films.
- Boxing Day Dinner
Turkey Tikka Masala: If you have friends and family around for Boxing Day dinner, you won’t go far wrong with this mouth-watering Tikka Masala turkey curry. Serve with plain boiled rice and this easy homemade nann bread recipe.
With turkey being quite a dry meat, turning your leftovers into this spicy delight will really give your guests a treat.
Christmas leftover pie: If you just want to put your feet up on Boxing Day without the worry of catering for the family, check out this ultimate Christmas leftover pie.
Using any or all of the festive leftovers, it’s a simple dish to make. Served hot with mashed potato or as a cold snack with pickles, this is sure to please any hungry tummies.
- Boxing Day Pudding
Christmas pudding crumble: Christmas Puddings are traditionally eaten after your turkey feast. If you just don’t have the room to finish it off then use the leftovers to turn the pudding into a sweet tasting Christmas crumble.
Served with ice cream or hot custard; you might find you’re making this more often that once a year.
Mince pie ice cream: You won’t need a fancy ice cream maker for this easy pudding. With leftover mince pies, vanilla custard and double cream; impressing your guests with Boxing Day pudding will be a piece of cake.
It’s perfect for using up the last of any mice pies you’ve got left over and makes a fun alternative to other Christmas puddings. You could even have it with the above Christmas crumble.
Of course, having less leftover might be a better plan than working out what to do with it, so here are my five top tips to saving money with Christmas dinner leftovers.