I'm an air fryer expert – 5 easy Christmas dinner leftover recipes that won't cost you a penny | The Sun

NO matter how much we stuff our faces on Christmas Day, there's usually plenty of leftovers which can end up lurking in the fridge for days.

Rather than let them go to waste, Jenny Tschiesche, author of the bestselling Air-fryer Cookbook, has rustled up some mouth-watering recipes that are more exciting than your average turkey butty.

From a pigs-in-blankets tray bake to a delicious festive dessert, here she shares five dishes cooked in an air fryer that are super fast, super tasty and cheap as chips.

Leftover gammon and leek bake 

So many of us will have bought and attempted to eat a whole gammon at Christmas.

This is a great way of using up not just the meat, but scraps of leftover bread and the small amount of cream that inevitably gets left in the fridge too. 

This dish is a simple assembly job followed by under 15 minutes of cooking time. It’s super fast and super tasty.


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Serves 2.


1 tbsp olive oi

2 leeks, first sliced lengthways then chopped into slices across each leek

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Pinch of salt

100g slightly stale bread, torn into chunks

200g leftover cubed ham

½ tsp ground black pepper

3 eggs

150ml cream

200ml milk

½ tsp mustard powder (optional)

2 tbsp grated parmesan

50g grated cheddar


Heat a saucepan with the oil in then fry the leeks with a pinch of salt until soft.

Stir in the cooked ham towards the end of cooking.

Meanwhile place the stale bread in the base of a heatproof dish that fits your air fryer and these ingredients.

Add the cooked leeks and ham to the bread, then grind the black pepper over the top.

Next mix the eggs, cream, milk, mustard powder (if using) and parmesan well and pour this slowly into the dish, making sure it gets into all the nooks and crannies.

Preheat your air fryer to 160C then add the dish and cook for 12-14 minutes. After 7 minutes, add the grated cheddar to the top and continue to cook. Serve hot or cold.

Leftover turkey Massaman curry

You’ve heard of turkey curry after Christmas – but have you heard of Thai turkey curry in an air fryer? 

This rich and flavoursome curry is an ideal way to use up some of the leftover turkey and can be served with a pack of microwavable rice for a tasty low cost post-Christmas meal.

Serves 2.


50g frozen green beans

80g frozen spinach

200ml coconut milk from a tin

200ml vegetable stock

30g massaman curry paste

1 tsp fish sauce

1 ½ tbsp smooth peanut butter

1 tbsp brown sugar

100g leftover chicken or turkey, roughly torn

50g frozen peas

Torn fresh basil (optional)


Place the beans and spinach in a heatproof dish that fits your air fryer.

Mix the coconut milk, hot stock, curry paste, fish sauce, peanut butter and brown sugar in a bowl and pour this over the vegetables.

Preheat your air fryer to 160C then add the dish and cook for 18 minutes, adding the turkey and peas after eight minutes.

Serve with rice.

Cranberry, brie, walnut and root veg tray bake 

Classic Christmas flavours, and an ideal way to use up the leftover cranberry sauce, those carrots and parsnips you thought you’d get through but didn’t, and the cheese board brie!

Serves 2.


3 carrots, chopped into 5cm batons

2 parsnips, chopped into 5cm batons

1 tbsp olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

1 stem of rosemary

130g brie, sliced (including rind)

3 tbsp cranberry sauce

3 tbsp walnuts


Place the vegetables in a baking tray suitable for your air fryer.

Drizzle over the olive oil and season with salt and pepper, then place the rosemary in the dish too.

Place the dish into a cold air fryer then set to 160C for 30 minutes (using the preheat time as part of the cooking time).

Add the sliced brie, dollops of cranberry and then scatter over the walnuts and place back into the air fryer for a further 5 minutes. Serve.

Honey and mustard pigs in blankets tray bake 

Don’t throw away the cooked veg you’ve made for Christmas dinner that didn’t get eaten.

This is an ideal traybake that can fit in your air fryer and uses up not only that veg, but also any pigs in blankets or even cocktail sausages you’ve not eaten yet. 

The air fryer cooks faster than the oven and creates a delicious sweetness with a kick of spice from the honey and mustard drizzled over this dish before cooking.

Serves 2.


Leftover cooked vegetables – sprouts, carrots, parsnips, sweet potato (equivalent to about 350g cooked vegetables)

1 small onion, thinly sliced

8 pigs in blankets

1 heaped tbsp honey

1 heaped tbsp wholegrain mustard

1 tbsp olive oil


Lay the vegetables and pigs in blankets in a sheet pan that fits your air fryer.

Mix the honey, mustard and olive oil then drizzle this over the top.

Add to the cold air fryer (so that the preheat time becomes part of the cooking time) then air fry at 160C for 10 mins. Serve.

Leftover Panettone bread and butter pudding

Panettone is one of those festive foods that just makes Christmas, but with so many other tasty sweet treats around at this time of year, there's usually a bit left that inevitably goes stale. 

Here’s a great way of using it up – and the air fryer adds a lovely toasted top and thick and custardy middle.

Serves 4.


150g sliced panettone (50g each slice)

2 tbsp butter

3 eggs

270ml milk

1 tsp vanilla

1 tbsp honey


Butter the panettone slices on one side only.

Lay these butter side up in a heatproof dish that fits your air fryer.

Beat the eggs then add the milk, vanilla and honey and mix well.

Pour this on top of the panettone.

Preheat the air fryer to 170C then add the dish to the air fryer and cook for 10 minutes.

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Serve hot or cold.

Air-fryer Cookbook by Jenny Tschiesche is out now.

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