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what do you cook on Boxing day?

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SoTiredOfTheWheelsOnTheBus Tue 09-Nov-10 08:22:11

we're hosting Christmas at our house for the first time this year. I have ideas for what to cook for Christmas day itself, but I'm getting a bit stuck for Boxing day. When we're at the rest of the family's, Boxing day lunch is usually cold meats (leftovers from Christmas day), mash or bubble & squeak, and veggies/salads (including lots of pickled onions, red cabbage).

I would like to do something different, but don't know what. DH and I don't really eat all the pickles, so I'm not too keen on buying in lots of things that we won't eat (although we could give them to the family to take home afterwards). What does everyone else cook for Boxing day? I don't want it to be a massive meal on the same scale as the day before. It would have to be something that can be made on the day, as I really don't think there'll be much space left in the fridge.

mummycreepynora Tue 09-Nov-10 08:29:47

we tend to just have nibbly bits on boxing day as people are often still full from xmas! If anything we do have the obligatory turkey curry - can be bunged in the slow cooker with leftover turkey ?

happysmiley Tue 09-Nov-10 08:37:45

Turkey sandwiches. Tbh nobody really wants a big meal on Boxing Day. To make the sandwiches a bit special I make Delia's sage and onion bread in advance and freeze it.

If anyone does want something a bit more substantial I make a turkey hash with all the leftovers.

AllarmBells Tue 09-Nov-10 08:40:12

We don't cook at all, not even heating up gravy, that's the Boxing Day principle in my house! Turkey sandwiches, salad, pies/quiches etc. Buffet style. Sorry that's not much help as it does have to be stored in the fridge.

Saltire Tue 09-Nov-10 08:43:15

I too do a buffet type thing - cold meat, salad, quiche etc. You could make room by taking out any jars/bottles in the fridge and storing them in a garage,shed. They will keep quite cool, and be ok. Before we got our big fridge this is what we did

SheWillBeLoved Tue 09-Nov-10 09:58:05

Leftover meat, cheeses, nice bread, salad, homemade dessert of some sort and the childrens selection boxes

DiscoDaisy Tue 09-Nov-10 10:05:35

Another roast dinner. Usually beef.

dreamingofsun Tue 09-Nov-10 10:09:05

curry with the leftover turkey, or sometimes we have a sort of help yourself to the left-overs session - turkey/gammon cold or heated, with veg and maybe chips - really easy stuff as i'm sick of cooking and people have overeaten previous day

Tidey Tue 09-Nov-10 10:11:56

Boxing day food to me is leftover meat, salad, nice bread, pickled beetroot always features for some reason. Followed by leftover pudding from the previous day, which always seems to be black forest gateau at my mum's house.

tb Tue 09-Nov-10 12:41:34

We often have fishcakes as we have salmon for lunch on Christmas Day. Got sick of throwing out turkey when I defrosted the freezer at Easter, so, as there are only 3 of us, went for salmon instead.

GreatOrmondSt Tue 09-Nov-10 12:54:46

I'm with most of the other ladies on this one - boxing day meals at our house are typically comprised of leftover meat, salad, cheese selection and finger food (like mini sausage rolls or salmon and cream cheese rolls). Followed by some lovely christmas cake!


employmentlawquery Tue 09-Nov-10 19:38:44

I did Ed Victor's hash from Nigella last year and it went down very well with the whole family (aged 1-79)

bacon Tue 09-Nov-10 20:59:00

Got to be salmon boxing day, Never done turkey thats always the day after. I still like to do a fancy meal as boxing day is still christmas for me.

I freeze all my turkey into little bags and keeps till summer - use it for sarnies and currys.

Either poached salmon or encroute.

taffetacat Tue 09-Nov-10 22:03:48

I want something a bit lighter on Boxing Day. Something salad-y, like an Asian turkey salad with lots of coriander etc or if you're going for a long walk, what about a broth like soup, using turkey stock?

For some reason, I also really like good fresh bread on Boxing Day ( freeze it the day you buy it or buy that part baked stuff ), with a homemade smoked mackerel pate and some good cheese.

Mince pies, Christmas cake, chocolate all obligatory.

GreatOrmondSt Wed 10-Nov-10 15:04:26

Yum. Taffetacat - fresh bread, homemade smoked mackerel pate and good cheese sounds heavenly! I can tell you're a bit of a foodie


bellavita Wed 10-Nov-10 15:10:35

Nibbly bits here too.

BooToYouToo Thu 11-Nov-10 19:29:26

We all loved the Jamie Turkey Chiili Con Carne last year with paprika and chickpeas, although would have that day after. For Boxing Day we have cold meats, mash etc and then a party tea as it is my DD's birthday.

Goober Thu 11-Nov-10 19:34:22

Whatever is leftover from the gammon joint with chips and fried eggs. Every year since god was a boy!

Ormirian Thu 11-Nov-10 19:39:02

Cold turkey, baked spuds and winter salad.

RupertTheBear Fri 12-Nov-10 18:09:56

I do a roast leg of lamb studded with anchovies, rosemary and garlic, dauphinoise potatoes and Delia's red cabbage. Leftovers are for the rest of the days between Xmas and New Year.

GetOrfMoiLand Fri 12-Nov-10 18:13:21

I cook bugger all.

DP does bubble and squeak. The rest of the day I just pile all teh food from the fridge on the kitchen table and everyone helps themselves - so leftover turkey and ham, cheese, pate, pickles, salad.

thenightsky Fri 12-Nov-10 18:15:39

We don't cook.

We just lie about belching and chowing down on quality street etc.

at about 4pm we give in an crack open wine.

zachsmama Sat 13-Nov-10 08:41:24

Bubble and squeak with fried eggs and bacon for brunch and then random leftovers (cold) for tea.

MmeOrangeBlackandBlueberry Sat 13-Nov-10 08:43:29

We have leftovers on Boxing Day. I will usually make a turkey and ham pie, or a turkey curry.

We usually get three days out of our turkey, and then I make soup.

We do the ham thing closer to New Year.

ElspethDiggory Sat 13-Nov-10 08:48:49

Oh I LOVE cold meat and bubble and squeak. It's the perfect boxing day meal. As the saying goes, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Sorry, realise that's not tremendously helpful grin

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