For some, Boxing Day is as big a feasting day as Christmas. It’s a great chance to incorporate leftovers, enjoy some more family and friend time and finish off those Quality Street!
Of course the traditional Christmas leftovers mean turkey casserole, turkey sandwiches and turkey turkey but for us veggies leftovers have a whole different meaning. Cold nut roast is of course delicious but might not be that appealing for you or your friends and family!
If you have Christmas dinner leftovers a great and easy meal idea is to make up a soup, adding all leftover potatoes and vegetables and adding lentils and a good vegetable stock. Served with homemade bread and scones, this is a nice light lunch or a late dinner that can be kept in the fridge until finished.
If you did cook up a nut roast for dinner and honestly, most vegetarians do (time to get creative!) then try something new for Boxing Day. Our favourite Boxing Day recipe and one which we’ve used for Christmas dinner too is a veggie pie. If you do have leftover vegetables from the ‘big day’, these can be incorporated, just roast up more peppers and garlic and add cheese (we use mozzarella) before baking in a homemade pastry shell (or store bought if you know a good brand and can’t make pastry!) If you are roasting up more veggies, use aubergine and courgettes, they roast to perfection!
If you know your way around a kitchen and have the time and energy, try something daring for Boxing Day. A cheese roulade, cheese tart, baked squash filled with couscous, bruschetta or mushroom wellington will get all your guests salivating, vegetarian or not.
If you are participating in a Boxing Day buffet or pot luck where everyone is required to bring a dish, we recommend simple drop scones with goats cheese and herbs (rosemary is lovely). Throw in some chopped olive and tomatoes and prepare to dazzle your fellow party goers. Drop scones require self raising flour, milk, eggs and sunflower oil (drop scones are fried not baked).