Christmas doesn’t have to end on December 25th. Continue the festivities with delicious Boxing Day recipes and learn the customs.
Boxing Day, celebrated on December 26th in many countries is a national holiday. An extension, of sorts, of Christmastide.
Celebrated in the United Kingdom, Canada, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa, Boxing Day “can be traced back to the Victorian era when churches often displayed a box into which their parishioners put donations.”
“In Britain, on the day after Christmas Day, servants of the wealthy were given time off to visit their families because their services were required for the Christmas Day celebrations of their employers,” the Telegraph explains.
Today, Boxing Day is often celebrated with post-Christmas shopping and sports. “In recent times, the day has become synonymous with many sports. Horse racing is particularly popular with meets all over the country. A full programme of football fixtures is also played on Boxing Day.”
And, of course, a lot of delicious food made with leftovers of the grand Christmas feast.
Aside from the traditional Baked Ham for Boxing Day, here are some more inspirations for Boxing Day Recipes!
Turkey Tikka Masala
“Turkey tikka masala is a lovely way to use up leftover meat from a roast dinner if you have some in the fridge. If you don’t have any leftover turkey then you can buy pre-cooked sliced breast meat from most supermarkets’ deli sections. Made from scratch this sauce is rich and warming with a beautiful tomato-rich taste – perfect for complementing the mild turkey meat.”
Turkey and Ham Pie
“Turkey and ham pie is the perfect way to make the most of your Christmas leftovers. A traditional turkey and ham pie contains lots of vegetable and is the perfect ‘use up’ dish.”
A deliciously rich, beautiful and old fashioned dish. “An indulgent French dish of baked eggs with smoked ham and chicory.”
Cream of Turkey Soup
“Best way to use up festive leftovers in a healthy tasty soup!”
Get the recipe here.
Cranberry, Sprout & Pecan Pilaf
“This Persian inspired spiced rice dish makes a hearty vegetarian main, a side dish to roast meats, or an attractive addition to a Boxing Day buffet.”
Turkey Bubble & Squeak
“This easy turkey recipe from Joe Wicks uses up leftover meat and veg from Christmas. It’s lean too, meaning you can get an early start on the New Year new you!”
Spicy Leftover Turkey Salad Recipe
“Created by Erion Karaj, Executive Chef for Bread Street Kitchen & Heddon Street Kitchen, this will give your leftover bird a decidedly Asian twist.”
Chestnut, Roasted Butternut Squash and Bramley Apple Soup
“This hearty, rib-sticking soup welcomes all sorts of Christmas leftovers and brings out the best in them.”
South Indian Turkey Stirfry with Curried Yoghurt
“Vivek Singh, Executive Chef of The Cinnamon Club restaurants, turns his turkey into a fragrant curried stir fry.”
Roast Potato, Turkey, Sausage & Stuffing Pie
“This easy pie has all the best bits from Christmas dinner in one: turkey, stuffing, sausage and roasties. Bake until golden brown and tuck in!”