Make the Most of your Leftover Christmas Meats

Don't let your leftover meats go to waste - rather, use it in a plethora of dishes that are just as (if not more) delicious than the roast itself! Take your pick from these ideas, making the most of readily available, everyday ingredients.

You've enjoyed a succulent roast for dinner, but find yourself left with an abundance of leftover meat. Curated by Meat and Livestock Australia, these recipe ideas pack in a lot of flavour, without a lot of effort or time.

Mix and match the salad ingredients

A beef or lamb salad using leftovers makes for a quick and delicious meal that’s easy to put together. Take advantage of ready-mixed salad leaves and fresh herbs. Add fresh new season vegetables and use tasty bottled salad dressings. Toss with noodles, pasta or even baby potatoes and your salad is ready to serve.

Salad ideas using leftover roast lamb

* Toss strips of leftover roast lamb with leftover roast pumpkin. Add cubes of feta cheese, black olives and a few toasted pine nuts.
* Toss thin slices of lamb with cooked pasta shells, a dollop of basil pesto, and Italian dressing. Add chopped cucumber and cherry tomatoes.
* Toss lamb with a mix of baby spinach leaves, quartered artichoke hearts and semi-dried tomatoes.
* Toss lamb with strips of marinated roast vegetables like eggplant and sweet potato (available in jars or the deli) and torn rocket leaves.

Try this delicious Hoisin Lamb Fillet with Green Bean and Walnut Salad.

Salad ideas using leftover roast beef

* Toss strips of leftover roast beef with roasted baby beetroot and mixed salad leaves. Drizzle with a sour cream and wine vinegar dressing. Sprinkle with chopped dill.
* Toss strips of roast beef with torn rocket leaves, sliced fried haloumi and orange segments and French dressing.
* Toss beef with cold soba noodles, thinly sliced radish and spring onion. Drizzle with soy and sesame oil.
* Toss beef with fresh asparagus spears, roasted walnut halves and baby spinach leaves. Add pasta shells if you like.
* Toss beef with cold cooked beans, halved cherry tomatoes, drained, canned five-bean mix and chopped red onion. Dress with olive oil and wine vinegar.

Try this super easy Beef and Pasta Salad.

Essential tips

* Slice the beef or lamb thinly so the meat is easily coated with the dressing.
* Add the dressing to the salad just before serving; the flavours of the beef or lamb, the salad and the dressing remain fresh and flavoursome this way.

Top 12 meal options

Sandwiches, wraps and rolls are terrific options for a feast, made from leftover roast beef or roast lamb. Other ideas include easy salads and quick one-dish meals. Be inspired by these ideas.

1. Mix with refried beans for burritos or a quesadilla filling.
2. Slice the beef or lamb thinly and toss with the rice and vegetables for a great homemade fried rice.
3. Make into fritters with a savoury pancake mix.
4. Make potpies – combine chopped meat, leftover roast vegetables (or frozen veggies) and leftover gravy. Top pie with mash or puff pastry.
5. Slice the beef or lamb thinly and toss through stir-fried noodles and vegetables.
6. Add chopped meat to a clear beef stock and veggie soup or minestrone soup.
7. Make into bubble and squeak patties with leftover roast veggies.
8. Make a zesty Thai inspired salad and serve thinly sliced beef or lamb in lettuce cups.
9. Wrap with strips of cucumber and fresh mint and basil leaves in rice paper rolls.
10. Toss chopped or sliced through couscous cooked with Moroccan spice mix, add currants, grated lemon rind and lots chopped parsley and mint.
11. Dice and combine with left over veggies and some diced tomato and onion for a delicious Cornish pastie filling.
12. Dice and add your favourite curry sauce for a super fast curry.

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