Creative uses for Christmas leftovers

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Christmas leftovers are almost as good as the main event. All that ham, turkey, stuffing and roast vegetables can easily be enjoyed on a plate with your favourite beverage. But why not kick things up a notch and get creative with your Chrissie leftovers. Here are a few top recipes to try this Silly Season.

Turkey carbonara

  • 30g butter
  • 2 cups shredded turkey (cooked)
  • 4 rashers bacon
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 300ml tub of cream
  • 3-5 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tbsp pinenuts
  • 1/3 cup parmesan, plus extra to serve
  • 500g spaghetti

Whip it up!

  • Cook spaghetti according to instructions
  • Meanwhile, grab a deep frypan and melt the butter. Cook bacon until crisp
  • Add pinenuts and stir until they soften and turn brown (about a minute). Remove from heat.
  • Whisk eggs, cream, garlic and parmesan together
  • Add to bacon mixture and stir well to avoid cooking the eggs
  • Spaghetti should be done by now. Drain and add to egg mixture, tossing together for about a minute to avoid overcooking the eggs
  • Stir through the turkey, season and serve with extra parmesan

(Find the original recipe here

Ham and egg brekky cups

Image: Paleo Hacks
Image: Paleo Hacks

What you’ll need:

  • Veg oil (to grease tins)
  • 2 slices of ham per cup
  • 1 egg per cup
  • Grated cheese (gruyère is perfect)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Chopped chives or spring onions to sprinkle on top

Whip it up:

  • Pre-heat your oven to 200 degrees Celsius
  • Grease muffin tin with oil
  • Lay the ham over the muffin mould, with edges hanging over (it all depends how big your slices are)
  • Sprinkle the ham with some grated cheese
  • Crack an egg into the cup (or into a separate bowl and slide in, to avoid traces of shell)
  • Season with salt and pepper
  • Sprinkle with more cheese
  • Bake for 15-20 mins or until egg whites have cooked but yolk is runny
  • Sprinkle with chives or spring onions

(Find the original recipe here

Ham and mozzarella fritters

Image: Recipes Hubs
Image: Recipes Hubs

What you’ll need:

  • 10 tbsp butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 5 cups thickened crea
  • 115g ham, diced
  • 250g mozzarella, shredded
  • 2 cups breadcrumbs
  • 1.5 cups plain flour
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 500g Spaghetti
  • Canola oil (for frying)

Whip it up:

  • Melt butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat. When bubbling, add half cup flour and cook for 2 mins
  • Add cream, bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook a further 5 minutes until thickened
  • Set aside to cool
  • Bring large pot of salted water to boil, and cook spaghetti according to instructions. Drain and transfer to a bowl
  • Add the creamy sauce, ham and mozzarella then mix to combine. Season with salt and pepper
  • Press spaghetti mixture into a baking dish, cover with Glad Wrap and pop in the fridge until firm (about 1.5 hours)
  • Grab a deep frypan or saucepan and add canola oil (around 5cm deep). Heat oil until very hot
  • Whisk remaining flour with 1 cup of water and create a batter
  • Add breadcrumbs to a bowl
  • Using a round cookie cutter, cut circles from the spaghetti mixture (choose your own size)
  • Dip the spaghetti circles in the batter then roll in breadcrumbs and fry for 2-3 minutes until crisp

(Find the original recipe at saveur.com)

Ham and caramelised onion pizza

Image: Khürt Williams c/o Flickr
Image: Khürt Williams c/o Flickr

What you’ll need:

  • 90g ham, thinly sliced
  • 3tbsp thickened cream
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 and 1/4 cups shredded mozzarella
  • 2tbsp rosemary
  • 1/2 cup shaved parmesan
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 450g pizza dough (home made or ready rolled)

Whip it up!

  • Heat half the oil in a frypan over medium-high heat. Add onion, caramelise for about 45 minutes (stirring occasionally). Set aside to cool
  • Roll out dough and place on a tray or pre-heated pizza stone. Drizzle with 2tbsp oil and sprinkle half the mozzarella over the top
  • Cover dough with ham and rosemary, drizzle with cream
  • Sprinkle parmesan and remaining mozzarella over top and drizzle with oil
  • Cook until cheese is melted

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