It's a time-honoured tradition to enjoy holiday ham on Boxing Day... and for days after that. Here are 10 inspired ideas for leftovers.
1. Bubble and squeak
Fry up some onion and garlic and then add eight whisked eggs. Add leftover roasted vegetables, ham and greens (such as spinach). Once base is set, sprinkle with parmesan and grill until golden. Top with fresh parsley.
2. Ham and eggs
Pair baked ham with two poached eggs and serve with slices of wholegrain toast and a glass of orange juice.
3. Stock up on stock
Add leftover ham and bones to a pot and cover with cold water. Add celery leaves, onion, parsley and a bay leaf. Bring to the boil, then reduce heat and let simmer for an hour. Freeze this rich stock to add oomph to your next soup.
4. It’s a wrap
Spread mustard and chutney on lavash bread. Add grated carrot and cheese, slices of beetroot, slices of ham and salad leaves. Roll up and enjoy.
5. Toasted sangas
Enjoy a toasted ham, Gruyere cheese and mayo sandwich for a fuss-free Boxing Day lunch.
6. Pasta carbonara
Fry oil, garlic, dried chilli and ham in a large pan. Meanwhile, cook spaghetti according to packet instructions. In the last two minutes of cooking time, add frozen peas to the pasta. Drain and set aside. In a separate bowl, combine two large eggs, 1/2 cup of ricotta and 1/2 cup of pecorino. Put spaghetti and peas into pan with ham. Add egg mixture and toss over low heat. Add pepper.
7. Quick quiche
Preheat oven to 180°C. Line a greased dish with shortcrust pastry. In a bowl, beat 4 eggs then add 1 tablespoon of mustard and beat until combined. Layer 1 1/2 cups of shredded ham, 1 1/2 cups of grated cheese and some finely chopped spinach in dish. Add egg mixture. Sprinkle with parmesan and bake for 40 minutes or until egg is set.
8. Ham and lentil stew
In a slow cooker, combine 3 cups of chopped ham, 3 cups of chopped carrots, 2 cups dried brown lentils (rinsed), 2 cups of stock (ham or vegetable) and 4 cups of water. Cover and cook on low for 9 hours. Season to taste.
9. Mushroom risotto
Fry mushrooms, onion, ham and 1 cup arborio rice in a pot. When onion is translucent, add chicken stock, ladle by ladle. Stir constantly. After 15 minutes, test the rice. When cooked, add 1/2 cup of parmesan and let it stand, covered, for 5 minutes. Season to taste.
10. Caesar salad
Scatter some crispy barbecued ham over roughly torn lettuce leaves. Add sliced boiled eggs, steamed broccoli and toasted pine nuts. Sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese and serve with a creamy dressing or with mayonnaise.