Pasties - the hero of Christmas leftovers


Christmas is a time to enjoy the company of friends and family and feast on delicious food. 

Many of us have time off work in the week following Christmas. Why not take some time to reinvent your Christmas leftovers into tasty meals?

This tasty classic Love Food Hate Waste recipe will help you turn your Christmas roast leftovers into delicious pasties that can be frozen and enjoyed for weeks to come. The recipe makes four pasties.

Christmas Leftover Pasties recipe

Time: one hour plus
Skill level: beginner


  • 4 sheets ready-rolled shortcrust pastry
  • 400 grams of cooked chicken, pork or tempeh, diced
  • 2 cooked carrots
  • 4 cooked roast potatoes
  • 200 grams cooked sweet potato
  • 40 grams cooked peas
  • 180 millilitres leftover gravy
  • 4 eggs

NOTE - if you don't have the above ingredients, you can use any combination of leftover cooked vegetables for this recipe.


  1. Preheat your over to 180 degrees centigrade.
  2. Using a large mixing bowl, take the cooked carrot and crush it between your fingers into the bowl. Repeat with the sweet potato and potato and stir in the meat, peas and gravy. Stir until evenly mixed.
  3. Take the ready-rolled pastry and cut out a circle about 25 centimetres across. Tip: use a medium sized dinner plate to cut around. Firmly pack the filling along the centre line leaving 2.5 centimetre margin at the edges.
  4. Brush around the edge of the pastry with the beaten egg. Carefully lift up both sides of the pastry so they meet at the top, then pinch them together to seal, ensuring there are no gaps.
  5. Carefully lift onto a greaseproof-lined baking tray. Now brush the entire pasty with the egg wash.
  6. Bake for 45 minutes until golden.
  7. Serve and enjoy.
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Last updated:24 October 2019
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