Matt Stone's no leftovers festive recipe

Turn your festive leftovers into tasty tarts the whole family will love with this simple 10-step recipe



Australian’s throw out around 3.3 million tonnes of food every year.

Festivities means more food, which sees our food waste increase over the holidays.

Exploring the little things you can do to help minimise festive waste is a great way to make a positive impact on your home and the planet.

How to turn your festive leftovers into tasty tarts

Using simple pantry ingredients and the delicious remnants of your festive feast, sustainable food pioneer and GQ Chef of the Year winner Matt Stone shows us how we can make something special while reducing our household waste.

Author of 'The Natural Cook', Matt encourages home cooks to think about where their food comes from. 

Growing your own, making things from scratch and minimising waste is central to Matt's philosophy of food and cooking. 

Here’s what you need to turn would-be food waste into tasty treats.


  • 2 sheets puff pastry
  • 200g mix of your festive leftovers (such as ham, turkey, herbs, vegetables and cheese)
  • 3 eggs
  • 100ml milk
  • 2 tablespoons of cream (if you have any left)

How to make your no leftovers festive recipe in 10 steps

Step 1

Cut the pastry sheets into squares to fit your muffin tins.

The pastry should stick up slightly higher than the muffin tin. Use a fork to press holes in the pastry all over.

Step 2

Cut squares of baking paper slightly larger than the pastry.

Step 3

Spray the muffin tin with oil. Place the paper into the tin and press in.

Step 4

Press the pastry, making sure to press the pastry firmly to the tin.

Step 5

Place the tray into the fridge to chill and preheat your oven to 180 degrees.

Step 6

Collate your leftovers. 

Any leftovers can be used, just be sure to dice everything quite small, flavour with some leftover herbs, and cheese is a good addition.

Season well with salt and pepper.

Step 7

Mix the filling and spoon into your pastry.

Step 8

Mix the eggs, milk and cream with a fork.

Pour over the tart, filling to the level of the tin.

Step 9

Place into the oven and cook for approx. 15 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown and the filling is set.

Step 10

Take out of the oven and leave to cool for 10 minutes before taking out of the tins. 

Enjoy when still warm or when completely cool.

Perfect for freezing and enjoying at a later date too.

Bon Appétit!

How do you prevent food waste in the kitchen?

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