10 ways to use your Christmas turkey leftovers
Boxing Day means many things – hangovers, board games and turkey leftovers, for starters. If you're looking to jazz up those leftovers, read on. These 10 festive recipes (as recommended by Mumsnetters) will keep the whole table happy.
Homemade Christmas pizza
“Make your own pizza base with a camembert stuffed crust, homemade passata sauce, sliced strips of roast turkey, caramelized onions, a little sausage and stuffing, and cranberry jelly for the topping.”
You could also: “Mix the breast meat with leftover ham and leeks in a creamy sauce enhanced with some of the turkey juices. Flavour with rosemary, and serve with mash.”
Turkey stew and paella
“There's a turkey stew traditionally made in Spain on Christmas Eve. It has a mushroomy sauce and is topped with crunchy, cubed fried potatoes. Yum.”
Turkey paella: “Chuck in some prawns, rice, peas, peppers and whatever else is in the fridge. Bliss.”
Spice it up
Add your choice of spices and veg for a fusion of flavours. “The leg meat is lovely in a stir fry, just add Chinese five spice and hoisin or plum sauce.”
And for turkey fajitas: “Wrap them up in tortillas with strips of pepper, guacamole, salsa, sour cream and lime juice.”
What about a curry?
Curried turkey: A spicy recipe using apple and redcurrent jelly.
Creamy turkey korma: If you're after something cooler, this turkey korma is nice and mild while still being rich and full of flavour.
“Freeze in portions so that when the children ask for a ready meal or takeaway later in the month, you'll have one ready in the freezer.”
Pop it in a pie
“It's almost as nice as Christmas lunch itself.”
Cottage pie with root veg mash: Top turkey with sweet potato, butternut squash and any other veg you have left to use.
Boxing Day pie: Try this super simple turkey pie with a twist.
Creamy tagliatelle: “Try turkey and mushroom in a creamy sauce served with rice or tagliatelle.”
Or macaroni and cheese with added turkey, broccoli and peas.
“Try turkey and bacon risotto, using white wine and shavings of Parmesan.”
Bowl up, bowl up
“Boil up the carcass and scraps, then add seasoning and noodles to make thai soup.”
Or: “Make a spicy West Indian turkey noodle soup with Caribbean veg such as okra, yam, Scotch bonnet peppers and carrots, onions and potatoes. Delicious.”
“Shred leftover meat into BBQ sauce and put into crispy rolls.”
Looking for something lighter?
“Try a fruity turkey salad with orange or pink grapefruit segments and pomegranate seeds with Caesar dressing. It makes for a lovely, quick, fresh-tasting lunch.”
Or perhaps a turkey and courgette frittata. “It's a healthy option after all the seasonal indulgence.”
Slowly lowers fifth glass of Baileys.