Best Ways To Use Up Roast Dinner Leftovers

Take a look at 17 ways to re-use your roast dinner leftovers. These inventive recipes take classic roast cuts of meat and transform them into a variety of worldwide cuisines

Roast beef and radish salad with sake dressing

This roast beef and radish salad is made smarter with a sake dressing. At under 300 calories per serving and ready in 30 minutes it’s a great way to use up left over roast beef.


Smoked haddock and ham gratin

This smoked haddock and ham gratin turns everyday ingredients into a really comforting dish, perfect for Christmas leftovers for the whole family to enjoy.

Tarragon and lemon roast chicken tagliatelle

This recipe for tarragon and lemon roast chicken tagliatelle is quick and easy to make and tastes great – perfect for a midweek meal.

Shredded turkey quesadillas

An easy way to use up any turkey leftovers, these turkey quesadillas are delicious and couldn’t be easier to make for a lunch or snack. Add fresh coriander, red onion, tomato and chilli, grate over some cheese and cook until warmed through.

Ham, pickled pear and blue cheese salad

This ham, pickled pear and blue cheese salad is a great way to use up left-over ham and cheese from the festive season. It’s an easy starter for 4, or a quick meal for 2.

Spicy peanut noodles with chicken and water chesnuts

This Southeast Asian noodle salad has a delicious spicy and sweet peanut dressing and is a great way of using up leftover chicken. Tamarind paste is sold in most major supermarkets in the Asian or spices section.

Asian hot and sour turkey soup

Turn your turkey leftovers into an easy hot and zingy soup – ready in less than 20 minutes. Chilli and soy make a great flavour base for a healthy but hearty dish.

Stir-fried greens with sweet chilli jam

Cooked ham is an unlikely but common ingredient in Chinese cooking. Try it in this easy flavour-packed stir fry for two with spring greens and chilli  – either use some leftover ham from a roast or buy a couple of slices of thick-cut from the deli counter.

Catalan roast chicken, potato and pepper salad

This Catalan roast chicken, potato and pepper salad is quick and easy to make and a great way to use Jersey Royals.

Turkey tetrazzini

Tetrazzini is an American pasta dish with a creamy sauce and either poultry or seafood. This is our take on it using turkey, try using your leftovers.

Rainbow stuffed banh-mi

Banh-mi is a Vietnamese stuffed baguette – banh means bread and mi, wheat. This version is packed with delicious flavours and looks fantastic with so many colourful ingredients. It’s perfect for summer. If you like this, you might want to check out some of our other vietnamese recipes.

Turkey chilli bean stew

This is a good way of using up cooked meat over the holidays – chicken or ham would work nicely as well. The chipotle paste and smoked paprika gives this a lovely smoky, but not too hot, chilli flavour.

Pork belly skewers with Vietnamese caramel sauce

These pork belly skewers with Vietnamese caramel sauce make easy but impressive canapés.


Asian ham baguette with spicy cucumber

Asian flavours and pickled cucumber give this ham baguette a spicy kick. It’s really easy to make in half an hour, so a perfect lunchtime treat or quick dinner recipe.