A No Food Waste Christmas. Pigs in Blankets Hot Dogs with Cranberry Salsa

One thing I am super keen to ensure this Christmas is that our food waste is cut right down. Last year UK Christmas shoppers spent, on estimate, a record £4.2bn on food and drink alone, and in 2015 it was estimated that around £64 million of that food is thrown out! I hate to think of all that food going to waste and so I have been developing some recipes that involve all those left over foods at the end of the main Christmas dinner.

On today's #nofoodwaste Christmas menu, I thought I would share a way to use up the last of those pigs in blankets, its actually a really simple, but yummy,  adaptation of a traditional hot dog, and by rustling up this quick and delicious cranberry salsa your guests will be left drooling whilst you still have all the time to spend actually with them instead of stuck in the kitchen cooking!!

You need:
Pigs in blankets (make your own up or, like us, use leftover from Christmas dinner!)
Hot dog rolls

to make the salsa:
125g cranberries
2tsp ginger puree
1tsp salt
1tsp paprika
1tsp cinnamon
juice from 1/2 lime
1tsp cumin
1/2 onion
1 small tin pineapple chunks
1/2 cup sugar
sprinkle of coriander leaves

In a saucepan heat the cranberries, ginger, salt, paprika, cinnamon, lime juice and cumin. You don't need to cook the berries, just heat them until all the spices are combined and you have taken the most of the sour edge from the berries. (taste as you go, it took me maybe 10 minutes on a low heat.) 

Whilst the berries are heating, take a second pan and soften the onions.

Take everything away from the heat, and stir the onions through the cranberry mix, then stir through the pineapple the sugar and the coriander.

Serve as a side or on top of your hot dogs in place of ketchup.



  1. This looks so delicious and a great way to use up leftover Christmas food! We are always eating Christmas leftovers for days after, it's nice to see a way to jazz up the leftovers to make something different.

  2. Ohh these look so good, it's always so important to use up leftovers at Christmas as you have so much food x

  3. Unfortunately, I can't have that, but maybe I can change it up with chicken? It's always a good idea to use up leftovers, so its very useful to have a quick recipe for this.

  4. These look great, I'm always keen to use up all of the leftovers too. I hate food waste!

  5. These look so tasty! I love cranberries but rarely have them any other time than Christmas.

  6. That sounds delcious but no matter how many pigs in blankets I cook, there are never any leftovers

  7. They sound really delicious and what a fantastic campaign too. It is really shocking how much food is wasted in the Uk and I suspect at Christmas it is even worse.


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