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Handmade Holidays: Leftover Ham and Pineapple Pies

It’s almost a given – after the holiday festivities come the holiday leftovers. Whilst it might be tempting to get rid of all the excess before the New Year, we recommend giving your leftovers a makeover instead! Besides helping you not be wasteful, these three crafty how-to’s will save you a bundle during the holidays.

As noble as your intentions were to (selflessly) eat as much holiday ham as your stomach could hold in order to avoid wastage – we know that there is usually more meat in one leg of ham than any one family can eat in one sitting. And besides, having ham leftover after Christmas dinner is almost as much of a tradition as Christmas dinner itself, no?

Whilst leftovers may be inevitable over the holidays, they don’t have to find their way to the back of the fridge, or worse, the bottom of the bin! Especially not with this simple, but incredibly tasty, recipe for Leftover Ham and Pineapple Pies!

Leftover Ham and Pineapple Pies

Save your savoured holiday dinner from the bin and save yourself a few bucks on lunch with these tasty pies!

What you’ll need

  • 150 grams leftover ham
  • 150 grams crushed pineapple
  • 150 grams Gruyere cheese (cubed)
  • 100 grams shallot (finely chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pack frozen puff pastry
  • 1 egg

How to make it

  • Put all the ingredients (except the puff pastry, of course) into a bowl and mix well
  • Unpack your frozen puff pastry sheets and cut 12 four-inch rounds
  • Press your four-inch rounds into ungreased muffin tin
  • Fill open pastries with ham mixture
  • Brush edges of pastry with egg wash
  • Cut 12 three-inch rounds from remaining pastry sheets
  • Create lids over mixture with three-inch rounds
  • Crimp edges with fork (no, this is not just a design thing. But, it does make the end product look slightly more impressive, we won’t lie.)
  • Cut small slits on the tops of the pastry lids
  • Brush lids with egg wash
  • Sprinkle pastries with sesame seeds
  • Bake for 15 min at 230C

Wham, Bam, Thank you Ham.

Congratulations! You’ve now turned all that leftover ham into a delicious – and impressively-crimped – treat to keep you fed and saving, post-holidays.

Holiday leftovers extend beyond just ham? No sweat – we’ve got a Festive Chutney recipe just as delicious or a Leftover Wrapping Paper 3 Ways if you swear you can’t look at another bite until the New Year.

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