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33 recipes for Christmas leftovers (and only one is for a ham sandwich)

Otherwise known as delicious ways to minimise post-Christmas food waste.
Ham steaks with fried egg and chilli tamarind sauce

Ham steaks with fried egg and chilli tamarind sauce

Alicia Taylor

The presents are unwrapped, the good tableware put away and the in-laws are out the door. Breathe a sigh of relief — Christmas is over for another year. But what about all the bits that didn’t get eaten? Don’t let them go waste – we have recipes to give those leftovers a delicious encore (and minimise food waste at the same time).

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Photo: Ben Dearnley

Lobster rolls with potato chips

Hot buttered lobster rolls
Photo: Ben Dearnley

Hot buttered lobster rolls

Photo: Ben Dearnley

Yabby jaffles

Three prawns on lemongrass skewers with strips of mango and coconut topped with chillies, mint, and shallots on a white plate.
Photo: Ben Dearnley

Lemongrass prawns with gỏi xoài

Barbecued prawn and corn rolls with smashed avocado

Prawn and soba noodle salad with sesame-ginger dressing
Photo: John Paul Urizar

Prawn and soba noodle salad with sesame-ginger dressing

Bloody Mary prawn rolls

Prawn and pomelo salad with roasted chilli dressing

Prawn and avocado salad with spiced tomato dressing
Photo: William Meppem

Prawn and avocado salad with spiced tomato dressing

Ham steaks with fried egg and chilli tamarind sauce
Photo: Alicia Taylor

Prawn and sesame toasts

Smoked trout, carrot and quinoa salad with harissa dressing
Photo: William Meppem

Smoked trout, carrot and quinoa salad with harissa dressing

Smoked trout scramble recipe
Photo: Ben Dearnley

Smoked trout scramble

Farro, broccoli and smoked trout salad
Photo: Alicia Taylor

Farro, broccoli and smoked trout salad

Ham steaks with fried egg and chilli tamarind sauce
Photo: William Meppem

Ham steaks with fried egg and chilli tamarind sauce

Bánh mì thit
Photo: Chris Court

Banh mi thịt (Vietnamese pork roll)

Russian salad
Photo: Ben Dearnley

Russian salad

Photo: Chris Chen

Spicy roast chicken noodle soup

Chicken and avocado salad
Photo: Mark Roper

Chicken and avocado salad

Chicken, radish and bean salad with tarragon dressing
Photo: Ben Dearnley

Chicken, radish and bean salad with tarragon dressing

Photo: William Meppem

Turkey and pistachio terrine with pickled nectarines

Photo: Ben Dearnley

Christmas pudding semifreddo

Roast pork rolls with apple slaw
Photo: Chris Court

Roast pork rolls with apple slaw

Grilled pork with pineapple and curry vinaigrette
Photo: William Meppem

Grilled pork with pineapple and curry vinaigrette (ham makes an excellent stand-in for the pork)

Photo: William Meppem

Cuban sandwiches

Pork scratchings with spicy salt
Photo: William Meppem

Pork scratchings with spicy salt

Photo: Ben Dearnley

The Hawaiian

Photo: William Meppem

Ham tamales

Kylie Kwong's Christmas fried rice
Photo: Tess Rex

Kylie Kwong’s Christmas fried rice

Photo: Tessa Rex

Darren Robertson’s shaved zucchini salad with Christmas ham and macadamias

Ham with cauliflower piccalilli and buttermilk biscuits
Photo: William Meppem

Cauliflower piccalilli with ham and buttermilk biscuits

Photo: Chris Chen

Boxing Day sandwich

Quick-pickled cucumber for ham and cheese toasties
Photo: Ben Dearnley

Ham and cheese toasties with quick-pickled cucumber

Photo: Ben Dearnley

Ham and provolone mac and cheese with fried egg

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