Ahhh Boxing day… the day after Christmas…. when the food coma’s have worn off, the kids are happily playing with their new toys and you realize you have enough food left over to feed a small nation… what are you going to do with it all?

Well, we are here to help you tempt everyone’s tastebuds with some clever little Christmas Leftover recipes.

1. Ham and Pea Pasta Bake:

This scrumptious pasta bake is a morish mixture that both kids and adults will love (and just quietly an excellent way to sort out those hangovers) .  The best thing is that you can add other left overs to it.  The original recipe includes ham and peas (which is a match made in heaven anyway), but you could also add other vegetables or meat such as chicken to the mix.  You can get the original recipe here thanks to Simply Delicious.

Ham and Pea Pasta Bake


2. Left Over Turkey Turnovers

If you’re wanting a parcel of flakey goodness to impress your guests, then we would definitely recommend whipping up some Left Over Turkey Turnovers.  These little beauties are very quick and easy to make, so you can get back to relaxing by the pool.  You can find the recipe on this website

Tempting Turkey Turnovers

3. Ham and Pineapple Kebabs

If your family is anything like mine then family gathering consists of the guys standing round the BBQ getting in touch with their primal side.  Ladies, I have the solution for you to relax and get the men to cook the left overs… behold the humble ham and pineapple kebab! … simply stack the ham and pineapple on the kebabs in the morning, marinate in the tasty sauce then hand them over to the guys to cook on the BBQ and you’re done!  To get this tasty recipe, head to click here

Ham and pineapple kebabs

4. Sweet Potato and Ham Casserole

Ok while we’re on a ham roll (LOL pardon the pun), this sweet potato and ham casserole is the perfect comfort food for you and your guests.  As it’s a good, hearty meal it’s a great way to fill up the starving masses who have been playing Backyard Cricket or doing bombs in the pool!  You can get the recipe here

Sweet Potato and Ham Casserole


5. Turkey and Rocket Panini with Blue Cheese and Cranberry Chutney

This mouthwatering Turkey panini recipe complete with Blue Cheese and Cranberry Chutney will have everyone excited about eating left overs! These full flavoured delights will fly off the plate so to make sure you have enough to go round you could cut the panini’s in to quarters if you are running a little low on left overs.  Please note that the recipe calls for Argula which is called Rocket in Australia.  To find this recipe, click here.

Turkey Panini

6. Lemon Prawn and Crab Meat Spaghettini

For a quick 5 minute meal that is fresh, tasty and not too heavy, the Lemon Prawn and Crab Meat Spaghettini will do the trick.  This dish is perfect for using up any left over seafood as long as it’s been refrigerated and hasn’t spoiled.  The recipe can be adapted to feed a small number of people or a large crowd making it a versatile recipe to have on hand.  Thanks to the Wholesome Cook, you can get the recipe here


7. Peppermint Candy Cane Cupcakes

What is it with having a stack of peppermint candy canes sitting in the fridge for months after Christmas that no one is going to eat? The Arctic Garden Studio has come up with a brilliant solution…. Candy Cane Cupcakes!  These sugary treats are the perfect post Christmas Day snack or dessert, and are just so cute! I’m sure the kids will love helping make these, so they could become a Boxing Day baking tradition – you can find the recipe here


A great use for left over Candy Canes

8. Candy Cane Meringue Cookies

If you’re searching for a dessert as the final touch for your Boxing Day gathering, then an alternative to the above Peppermint Candy Cane Cupcakes is to make Candy Cane Meringue Cookies. These are quite possibly the prettiest little meringues ever and are sure to send your guests happily into a sugar coma – a perfect way to follow the food coma they were probably in on Christmas Day!  You can get the recipe here

Candy cane meringue cookies

Merry Christmas Everyone!

– Nat