The morning after the night before. Day 2. Silver medal. Second place. Boxing Day simply never gets its day in the sun. Its predecessor is covered in glory but as 2020 has turned everything on its head, Team Quattro is putting our own spin on this topsy turvy year by declaring December 26th our very own gold medallist. Taking pride of place, Boxing Day 2020 is top dog this year in our books. As we tiptoe around hungover family members, avoiding piles of wrapping paper and empty chocolate boxes on every surface, we contemplate one of the greatest, most underrated gifts the festive season brings us. Boxing Day lunch.
Sadly, we may be forced to cast off the traditional pub lunch due to Covid restrictions this year. We’re ditching the usual Boxing Day socialising for a cosy lunch at home and making the most of what’s left from the day before. Nothing wrong with cold turkey! As far as Team Quattro is concerned, leftovers are the stuff dreams are made of. We’ve compiled our favourite leftover recipes to bring you some unbeatable ideas that will make staying in on Boxing Day a truly delicious prospect.
- Scrumptious turkey sandwiches
Couldn’t be easier, or more delicious. All this simple lunch requires is tossing some chopped red onion with salt (let it sit for 5 minutes so the onion can soften). Add some salad leaves, a tablespoon of olive oil and a teaspoon of vinegar and season well. Slather a generous dollop of mayonnaise onto a thick slice of white bread, pile up the turkey slices, some gherkins and the oniony salad. For added decadence, why not add some leftover chipolatas and bacon or cranberry sauce and chestnuts.
- Perfect Boxing Day pizza
In a large pot combine celery, garlic, a tin of tomatoes, a tin of sweetcorn (trust us) a couple of peeled and sliced potatoes and season well. Cook for 20-25 minutes then stir in chopped pieces of cold turkey. Spread a jar of passata onto a pizza base (just buy them, we’ll let you be lazy at this time of year) and add the turkey sauce. Any leftovers, such as stuffing, sliced pigs in blankets, even shredded sprouts, will simply add to the savoury flavour! Place under the grill for 10 minutes until the dough is browning and the topping is sizzling. For a sweet treat, why not use leftover crumbled mince pies and Christmas pudding, cover in brandy sauce and cook until the sauce bubbles and starts to brown.
- Excellent enchiladas
On a hot griddle toss tomatoes, garlic, onion with some jalapeño, olive oil, salt and pepper. Heat until the vegetables are tender and starting to char. Transfer the vegetables to a blender, squeeze in some lime juice and puree until smooth. Pour the mix over the cold turkey and squeeze on some more lime juice. Fold in half a pack of grated cheddar. Transfer the mix a spoonful at a time into tortillas, roll up and place close to each other in an oiled baking dish. Sprinkle with cheese and bake until sizzling – about 10 minutes.
- Turkey Cobb Salad
Mix extra virgin olive oil with a tablespoon of red wine vinegar and salt and pepper and add a tin of plum tomatoes. Add shredded cold turkey and stir in some chopped avocado, a grated hard-boiled egg and crumbled blue cheese.
We wish you merry munching this Boxing Day!