5 Simple Ideas for Turkey Leftovers

There’s always some turkey left over at Christmas, and it’s a shame to see it go to waste. Here are 5 simple ideas to help you transform your leftovers into more delicious meals.

Make a curry
Turkey is a great alternative to chicken in a curry. Lightly fry an onion, add some ground chilli, garam masala or curry powder, plus a little cumin. Next add a can of chopped tomatoes and gently simmer for 10 minutes. Add your cooked turkey leftovers and finish off with a dash of cream. Serve with warm naan and rice.

The great turkey sandwich
Take a pitta pocket or a freshly baked bread roll, add some cranberry jelly and your leftover turkey. Finish with a handful of salad leaves for a tasty lunch.

A simple stroganoff
Turkey may not be an obvious choice for a stroganoff, you’ll be surprised at how good this tastes. All you have to do is fry an onion with some mushrooms, add half a cup of white wine. Next add your cooked turkey, some cream and a pinch of thyme. Warm the dish through and serve with crusty bread and a green salad.

Turkey pasta
Cook some pasta. Make a tasty tomato sauce with a can of chopped tomatoes, a chopped onion, a tablespoon of tomato puree and a little fresh or dried basil and pour the mixture into the base of a large serving dish. Mix your cooked turkey with your pasta and place over your tomato base. Next, make a cheese sauce by melting some margarine, adding flour and milk and stirring until thickened. Add cheese to taste and pour over your pasta. Top with freshly grated parmesan and cook to golden under a hot grill.

Super soup
Rustle up a quick soup for a healthy lunch. Lightly fry an onion, add a selection of vegetables (eg. carrot, leek, swede) and cover with vegetable stock. Add your leftover turkey and simmer until the vegetables are tender. Blend the soup in a food processor before serving.

Alistair Ward

I've been at Appliance House since 2011 having worked in every role at the company.