Christmas Leftovers, Left Over No More!

By Leigh O’Connor. 

Christmas has come and gone…there’s no doubt still a mountain of leftovers in your fridge. Struggling for leftover recipes to make the most of the endless supply of ham, turkey, lamb and pork?

Let us help turn your leftovers into leftover no more, with these five recipes – the only limit is your imagination as we reinvent festive favourites into toasties, terrine, souffles, chilli and breaky fritters to tempt even the most discerning family member. Christmas Leftovers, Left Over No More!


Taking the humble sandwich to a whole new level, Teddy Picker’s in Campbell brings us a recipe for the ultimate Boxing Day toastie. The pork and sage stuffing can be taken from your Christmas roast, and with glazed ham, turkey or chicken and day-old roast vegetables, this sourdough toastie oozes cheesy goodness, while the pickles and tomato relish add a nice bite.Christmas Leftovers, Left Over No More!

The Bunyip Hotel has been an institution in Cavendish since the 1840s, delivering great fare, beer and wine in a true country pub setting. Chef Jimmy Campbell went all out with his Christmas leftover recipe for terrina de ropas vieja, using cold and shredded roast pork, lamb and chicken, along with chopped ham.

This bacon edged terrine is easy to make and delicious served with leftover festive potato salad, crackers and a chutney or relish of choice.Christmas Leftovers, Left Over No More!

Romancing diners with classic charm, LoLuk Bistro in Surry Hills, is inspired by family recipes and the south of France. Their offering is a double cheese souffle, mushroom cream and salad, made with any cheese, salad and vegetables remaining from Christmas.

Serve as a stand-alone lunch, or team with leftover meat and seafood for a Boxing Day feast.Christmas Leftovers, Left Over No More!

A modern European-inspired venue on South Yarra’s famous Toorak Road, Café Republic specialises in traditional international favourites infused with Italian, Spanish and Asian twists – like this recipe for chilli turkey hot pot.

Mop up the coconut cream sauce with rice and grilled pita bread, as a quick and easy dinner utilising leftover roast turkey, in the days straight after Christmas.

Christmas Leftovers, Left Over No More!

Looking for a way to use up some of that remaining Christmas ham after all the relatives have gone home? These ham, zucchini and ricotta fritters have a soft, creamy middle and are great served with a salad, tomato chutney or beetroot jam.

They also make a nice breakfast, with grilled tomato and avocado. From My Kitchen Stories, this recipe works best when the mixture is made the day before cooking.

We’ve just scraped the top of the barrel… now it’s up to you to find new and exciting ways to turn Christmas leftovers into memorable meals!