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Three ways with leftover Christmas ham 

leftover christmas ham toastie
Do you stare at a fridge full of leftovers on Boxing Day and wonder how on earth you are going to persuade your family to keep eating them? 

A leg of ham – even one that has had a decent chunk sliced off on Christmas Day – takes up a fair amount of room, but there’s only so many ham and cheese sandwiches you can make.

Take your leftover game to a new level with one (or all) of these less-than-humble ham recipes. We guarantee no one will be moaning “not ham again”.

Super sarnies

There are toasted sandwiches and then there’s the ultimate Christmas toastie. Not sure what to do with the final knobs of cheese from the festive platter? Save them for a super cheese sauce, whisked to perfection with butter, beer and milk. Then all you need is some good quality bread (think Loafers Artisan or Eco Bread) and some generous slices of the Christmas ham and everyone’s happy. Serve with a cool lager while you kick back watching the Boxing Day Test (or in the backyard by the pool, if cricket isn’t your post-Christmas tradition).

Fabulous fritters

Make breakfast or brunch a little bit special with these air fryer Christmas ham fritters. They are so simple to make you could rope in the kids to help out. Better yet, if they’re old enough, hand the cooking duties over to them while you lie on the couch and read the book you got for Christmas. It takes no time at all to make the batter and they will enjoy shaping them into balls to pop into the air fryer. In less than half an hour, you can all be tucking into the crunchy fritters, served with a salad (or a fried egg, if you prefer).

Flatbread floats

Kids will enjoy helping to make the air fryer Christmas ham flatbreads, too. Even if you make the dough and chop the fillings – some aren’t as handy with knives – get them to help shape the dough. That way they can create their own ham ‘boat’ and then crack their egg into the centre before you transfer them (the flatbreads, not the kids) to the air fryer. Who knows, by getting them involved early, you might be able to leave the leftovers to the next generation to sort out sooner than you think.