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5 Ways with leftover ham

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Turn leftovers into delicious meals

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Turn your leftover Christmas ham into delicious meals on Boxing Day.
Turn leftovers into delicious meals

After the presents have been opened and the relatives have gone home, the biggest question in your mind is what to do with your leftover ham? Try these five great easy recipes:


Ham and cheese quiche


  • Store-bought shortcrust pastry
  • 1 brown onion
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 a cup of milk
  • 1 cup of tasty cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup of shredded leftover ham
  • 1/2 cup of shredded parsley


  1. Line a pie dish (bottom and sides) with a layer of shortcrust pastry. Pierce all over with a fork and place in an oven that has been pre-heated to 200 degrees Celsius. Bake until golden, then remove and let cool. Turn oven down to 180 degrees Celsius.
  2. Meanwhile, finely chop the onion and fry with the garlic in a pan (with a dash of olive oil). Remove from heat and let cool slightly (so as not to scramble the eggs when mixed in).
  3. In a bowl whisk the eggs and milk. Add the onion and garlic, cheese, ham and parsley. Pour into the pastry shell and bake in the oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until golden on top. Let stand for five minutes before serving.

Boxing Day grills


  • Sliced bread
  • Sliced leftover ham
  • Sliced tomato
  • Sliced cheese (hard to semi-hard varieties like tasty, cheddar, Swiss etc)
  • Chopped chives


  1. Heat a frying pan and spray with oil.
  2. Take two slices of bread and butter both sides. Make a sandwich with a layer of cheese, ham and a sprinkling of chives.
  3. Fry one side of the sandwich until golden, then flip and fry the other side.
  4. To make a decadent toastie, add a slice to one side of the grilled sandwich and place under a grill until melted. This will create an extra layer of delicious cheese on the outside.

Fried rice


  • 1 cup of rice (day-old rice is also good to use)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 cup of diced leftover ham
  • 1/2 cup of peas
  • 1/2 cup of diced carrots
  • 3 sprigs of green onion
  • 1 tablespoon of soy sauce


  1. Whisk and fry the eggs in one sheet (omelette style). Roll and cut into ribbons of egg.
  2. Heat a wok with 1 tablespoon of oil, fry the garlic, and then add all of the other ingredients. Stir fry until warmed through and serve.

Breakfast crepes


  • Eggs
  • Sliced leftover ham
  • Pre-made crepes
  • Shredded cheese
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Fry egg sunnyside up, until it has reached your preferred level of cooked. Remove from pan.
  2. Place a pre-prepared crepe in a medium-heated frying pan, then lay the slices of ham, fried egg and shredded cheese off-centre to one side on the crepe. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Gently fold over half the crepe to cover the egg, ham and cheese (in a half-circle shape). Allow to heat through and serve.

Ham and potato casserole


  • 6–8 potatoes, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup of diced ham
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 250 millilitres of cream
  • 1 cup of shredded cheese


  1. Heat oven to 180 degrees Celsius and spray the inside of a casserole dish with oil.
  2. Layer the base of the casserole dish with potato, overlapping the edges.
  3. Add a layer of diced onion, ham and a little garlic. Add a swirl of the cream. Continue layering the ingredients, then pour in the remaining cream and top off the casserole with the cheese.
  4. Cover the dish with foil and bake in the oven for one hour. Remove the foil and bake for another 20 minutes until the cheese has melted and is golden. Pierce the potatoes with a skewer or small knife to ensure the potatoes are cooked all the way through. Once done, remove and stand for 10 minutes before serving.

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