Amazing party canapés to make with your Christmas Day leftovers

Posted by Laura Martin on 9 December 2016

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Be super-savvy this Christmas and turn your festive food leftovers into these incredible party canapes. Just a few easy tweaks and they'll will be so luscious, you'll have no excuse not to throw a party. And seeing as you've done all the hard work (ahem) on the food, tell everyone else to bring a bottle...

Blue cheese and yogurt dip

People are generally gasping for a bit of fresh fruit and veg around this time of year, so give them the best of both worlds with this creamy dip made from blue cheese, paired with super-crunchy vegetables like radishes, carrots, cucumber and peppers.

Blue cheese and yogurt dip
Via: Sainsbury's

Spiced nut houmous

Not everyone's nuts about nuts, so you might be left with a big bowl post 25 December. Not to worry – with a food processor or NutriBullet you can whizz them up with a pot of houmous and some mixed spice for this nifty little dip.

Spiced nut houmous
Via: Sainsbury's

Stilton-stuffed dates with pancetta

Tweak this recipe for stilton-stuffed dates according to what's left in your kitchen. If there's no pancetta or bacon left, the cheese-stuffed dates are actually rich enough on their own. And it's not just stilton that will make them sing – try a nice chunk of mature cheddar or some crumbly Wensleydale too, instantly making them great for vegetarians.

Stilton-stuffed dates with pancetta
Via: Sainsbury's

Brussels sprouts and pancetta pops

OK, they're not as fun as actual lollipops. But these Brussels sprouts pops are a way to both use up old sprouts and bacon AND they'll be the talking point of your party too. Because who doesn't want to know the story behind these green balls on a stick?

Brussels sprouts and pancetta pops
Via: Sainsbury's

Smoked salmon crostini

​Went overboard on smoked salmon for a regal breakfast on Christmas Day? Not to worry – it's easily transformed into a deluxe fish pâté with a touch of cream cheese. Use it to top a crostini (that's a small toasted bit of bread to you and me) and garnish with a delicate shaving of cucumber. Well, aren't you fancy?

Smoked salmon crostini
Via: Sainsbury's

Mini toad in the holes

If you do end up with leftover chipolata sausages (unlikely, we know), you could make these mini versions of a British classic: toad in the hole. Just whip up a simple batter and pour over the mini sausages in a muffin pan. Handheld battered sausage bites – what's not to love?

Mini toad in the holes
Via: Sainsbury's

Duck carnitas

If you chose to upgrade turkey for duck this year, there are a few novel ways to reinvent it for a cool canape. Try this Mexican twist by shredding the duck and adding it to sliced chillies, red pepper and lime juice and then serving on a crunch lettuce leaf. Inspired! 

Duck carnitas
Via: Sainsbury's

Mini beef pasties

If you swapped up the turkey this year for a beef wellington (you rebel, you) you may be left with some excess meat. So why not make these mini beef pasties? If you're feeling really fancy, stick a bit of chilli in there and call them empanadas, just like they do in Argentina.

Mini beef pasties
Via: Sainsbury's

Roast vegetable soup with a Stilton crumb

Soup in big bowls? Boring. Soup in tiny shot glasses? Perfect party canape. Use up any leftover roast veggies with this soup recipe and offer it to guests in mini glasses or even little tea cups. Top with any leftover stilton, crumbled up.

Roast vegetable soup with a Stilton crumb
Via: Sainsbury's

Christmas cake pops

We've had Brussels sprouts pops – now for the real deal. These little beauties are a great way to use up leftover Christmas cake, which we're guessing is still sitting in a tin, with only a few sad slices cut from it. Ball them up and coat them in white chocolate for these cake pops. It's a sweet new makeover.

Christmas cake pops
Via: Sainsbury's

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