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Cheat Sheet: Never Throw Away Leftovers Of These Noche Buena Favorites Ever Again!

Cheat Sheet: Never Throw Away Leftovers Of These Noche Buena Favorites Ever Again!

Sure, we’re big fans of throwing a grandiose Noche Buena because hey, it’s Christmas! Masarap kaya kumain ‘pag Pasko! Bad news is, the excitement of seeing so much of food in your fridge will subside as soon as the party is over. Where are you going to keep all those leftovers? What if the food gets spoiled?

You don’t have to throw everything away! Here’s what you can do with your Noche Buena leftovers!


For Lechon:

Adobong Lechon Kawali

Yes, it’s possible to combine these two classic Pinoy dishes into one juicy, extra-luscious, and well, cholesterol-packed dish. Hinay-hinay lang, okay?

Try it: Deep fry the Lechon chunks until the meat turns brown. Add adobo seasonings and simmer for 20 to 45 minutes. Use toasted garlic as a side dish.



Lechon Paksiw

It’s one of the most common ways to recycle leftover Lechon. But trust us, Lechon Paksiw is popular for a reason: It's just so good.

Try it: Chop your leftover Lechon into pieces. Boil beef stock, add seasonings, and spices. Add the meat, let it simmer, and absorb all the flavors. Add Lechon or barbecue sarsa when the meat gets tender. Add vinegar, pepper corns, and dried bay leaf. Boil it until the sauce thickens.



For Ham:

Ham and Pineapple Kabobs

While you can just eat ham as is, it wouldn’t hurt to try something new with this Noche Buena favorite. Plus, it’s easy to prepare and perfect for merienda—especially when you have kids!

Try it: Cut ham into strips or squares and prepare pineapple chunks. Put them on skewers alternately. Then, grill it for a few minutes.


Ham Fried Rice

What to prepare the morning after Christmas? Ham Fried Rice sounds like a great choice!

Try it: Preheat oil in a wok. Add ham, peas, and carrot. Pour beaten eggs, scramble it, and mix with the meat and veggies. Add rice, throw in seasonings, then stir fry it.



For Quezo de Bola:

Quezo de Bola Cheese Spread

Take things to the next level and make your own homemade cheese pimiento! 

Try it: Grate Quezo de bola and blend it with melted butter. Finish it off by adding sugar, milk, and pimiento to the mixture.


Quezo de Bola Mac & Cheese

Still have extra pasta noodles and leftover Quezo de Bola? Great! Go for this easy-breezy recipe of Quezo de Bola Mac & Cheese.

Try it: Mix fresh milk, all purpose cream, and grated cheese in a large pot. Add pepper, sugar, and stir in cooked pasta.


To make the most out of your Noche Buena budget and all those cooking hours, think again before you throw away your leftovers. Check first if they can be transformed into fresh, new dishes. Just be extra careful while indulging in your non-stop feast. No one wants an upset stomach this holiday season, right? See Robi Domingo’s #KeepCalmHandy tip about it:


Per DOH-FDA-CDRR Permit no. 048 Series of 2016

With #ImodiumPH, you need not worry this holiday season. Eat-and-cook-all-you-can without having to deal with unwanted emergencies! Just focus on channeling your inner chef and let this cheat sheet help you recycle these Noche Buena favorites!


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