Boxing Day has quickly become a day of rest for me and my family. This is only the 3rd boxing day where I’ve not had to work in quite a long time. So I still like to really take advantage of it and relax fully. There’s really nothing worse than having to slave away in the kitchen for lunch for the people still milling around is there. Not that I really hate it or anything. I just think after days of non-stop cooking, running around and generally being busy I want an easy, no fuss lunch. Enter my simple way to deal with Christmas leftovers.
So I’m guessing, like me, you have a huge pile of Christmas leftovers taking up space in your fridge. It really can seem like you’re eating ham and turkey for days can’t it. So what do you do with all those leftovers? I mean other than just re-heating them and picking at them or sending copious amounts home with family.
That’s why I set about creating these babies. Boxing Day is a day for staying in your pjs, watching the test match and hanging with the family. Seriously, you don’t need to be slaving away in the kitchen whilst everyone else relaxes! Nor do you want to be dashing down the shops for extra ingredients. Like really, who actually wants to go anywhere near the shops at this time of year! Yuck!
Gluten Free Pasties…. I mean can you even go wrong??
With this super simple dish, you don’t have to. Raid the ridge and the freezer for leftovers and frozen veg, throw in a few pantry staples and you’re done. Half an hour and you’ll be back on the lounge watching the Aussies hit sixes.
I think the best part about this whole dish though is that they can be easily made gluten free. Or hell you could even make half gluten free and half with standard gluten pastry. In fact that’s often what I do for the normals in my family. I’m always careful when it comes to preparation of course, you definitely don’t want to be dealing with a case of cross-contamination on a day like this. But with separate prep areas, different utensils and different cooking trays, you won’t need to worry too much.
The recipe is also ultra simple in the fact that you don’t need exact quantities. Simply dice up your leftover meat and vegetables, or throw in equal parts of frozen veggies. Mix in a simple sauce made of stock, then pile into your pastry cases. You’ll see below that I have left out specific quantities for the meat and veg, just go for it. If you have too much meat and veg just make up an additional batch of the sauce and stir in. Simple!
Now enough faffing about. You’ve got better, more Christmassy things to be doing! Go! Get cooking!!
So how’s that for a simple way to get rid of your Christmas leftovers…. not to mention how damn yummy they are. Be sure to tag us #champagneandgumbootsbakes in all of your holiday baking for a chance to be featured!
Now if you haven’t already planned your Christmas feast to a T, why not swing by and take a look at my Caramelized Pineapple & Rum Glazed Ham! It goes fantastically well in these babies! 😉