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What To Do With Your Leftover Turkey This Christmas

What To Do With Your Leftover Turkey This Christmas

The Christmas festivities have begun, families up and down the country are busy buying gifts, dressing Christmas tree’s and being all-around festive.

However… The one thing that is on our mind is the Christmas dinner.

Over the years we have had a large array of celebrity chef’s like Jamie Oliver, Nigella Lawson and Nigel Slater all having their own take on what makes a Christmas dinner special.

However, we’re going to be focussing on what you can do with that leftover bit of Turkey.

Option 1 – Leftover Turkey Casserole:

This turkey casserole will allow you to use up all those leftovers. And has a fantastic honey mustard tang!

  1. Finely chop up 2 onions, core and chop 1 apple. Fry these in 2 tbsp of olive oil until soft. Stir in 1 tsp of dried sage or 5 sage leaves that have been chopped for 1-minute. Then stir in the flour. Our next step will be to add the 300ml of vegetable or chicken stock, followed by 2 tbsps of wholegrain mustard and 2 tbsp of runny honey.
  2. Gradually simmer and stir in 400g – 500g of leftover turkey and roughly 350g of leftover roasted vegetables. Cover your casserole and simmer for 15-minutes until the Turkey is piping hot.

Option 2 – Turkey & Parsnip Curry:

The turkey curry, full of intense flavour, easy to make and not a lot of washing up to do once cooked.

  1. Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a medium-sized saucepan. Carefully chop 2 onions and fry for 10-minutes. Make sure that the onions are soft and lightly coloured. Add 500g of parsnip, make sure they are peeled and cut into chunks, stir well.
  2. Stir in the curry paste and add 400g of chopped tomatoes. Add a dusting of salt and stir. Next up add 1 ½ large cups of water and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and cover and leave to simmer for 15-20 minutes until the parsnips are tender.
  3. To finish off stir in your turkey chunks, cover the pan again and leave to simmer for 5-minutes. Make sure the turkey is heated through. Take the saucepan off the heat and you’re done. You can either eat it that day or leave to cool and you can pop it in the freezer for up to 2-months. To serve swirl in some yoghurt and serve with some basmati rice.

These 2 dishes are certain to use up all your Christmas dinner leftovers. However, if you’re in need of more dishes for you to whip up over the festive period, feel free to take a look over at BBC Good Food.