Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Who will buy? My leftover turkey surprise pie

So you've had your turkey, and now you're surrounded by leftovers. What do you do with them?


Try adding mango chutney if you have some lingering around the cupboards or fridge, we find it adds a fruity edge to turkey. I like one with a good kick of chilli to it, but all the supermarkets sell them so you can easily find one to suit your tastes.

If you're trying to eke the turkey out further, try chopping it up small and mixing it in with something like mayonaise or salad cream (this is a bit of a Guiding trick to make things feed more girls). Don't forget to add a bit of seasoning.

I am a sucker for homemade bread, and over Christmas have been using the breadmaker (it's normally ignored in favour of doing it by hand, but y'know the wrist is still plastered and everyone's busy enough, it's so easy to run the breadmaker overnight while we are all sleeping. And you have the added bonus of waking up to the smell of fresh bread.

Turkey pie

I use this recipe as my basic guideline, as it's a favourite pie of ours. But.. it's not just any turkey/ chicken pie from the archives, but with the addition of a few more leftovers becomes

Boxing Day Surprise Pie

To the leek/ shredded turkey filling, add - fried up bacon snipped into little pieces, leftover stuffing, rolled into balls, and mushrooms (leftover from the Cottage pie on Christmas Eve)

Cook as for the regular pie, and serve with roast potatoes, and lightly cooked veggies. I deliberately piled my plate high with the veggies to balance out the heaviness of yesterday and todays dinners.

The fact that this has it's own gravy that's made as part of the cooking process made me feel less guilty for agreeing to throw the leftover gravy away yesterday

Turkey risotto

I'm a big fan of risotto, and it's always one of my go to's for using up leftover roast chicken, in the same way as I did above, you could add bits of bacon, extra veggies etc to the dish, as you soothingly stir quietly away in the kitchen whilst listening to Radio 2.  Just me then?

Here is the recipe for risotto bianco, just stir in your shredded turkey where I've used chicken in that post, and any other ingredients you have to hand.

Shredded brussels would cook down beautifully in this, and if you added some leftover smoky bacon would taste amazing.

Tomorrow I'm going to post recipes for Turkey soup and stock. Just to continue the trend and not make this an encyclopedia of 101 ways with leftover turkey!

1 comment:

hungryandfrozen said...

We didn't have turkey - it's not so common in NZ - but these are good to keep in mind for leftover roast chicken, too. Hope your wrist mends fast! X


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