Hands up who bought a big enough bird to feed the whole of Bolton?! Now hands up who’s freaking at the thought of eating Turkey for eternity? ….AND CHILL! Because we have 10 tasty solutions for dealing with your birdy burden… And better still, we’re not going to get all technical with measures and amounts… this is all about using up what you’ve got with the help of a couple of little extras.
#1 TURKEY, LEEK & BACON PIE
There are lots of recipes out there for this most hearty of winter meals, but this is one of our favourites and better still… it’s easy as, well… pie! All you need is some ready to roll puff pastry, bacon, leeks (or onion if you prefer), mushrooms (if you fancy them), a chicken stock cube (or turkey stock), crème fraiche, plain flour (or corn flour), salt, pepper and thyme.
- Slice and fry your bacon in olive oil, and add a shake or a few leaves of thyme.
- Slice your leeks and add to the pan, adding a pinch of salt and pepper.
- Turn down the heat after a few minutes and cover and simmer for about 30 minutes or until the leeks are soft. You could also add mushrooms at this point if you fancied!
- Add your turkey meat, stir in two tablespoons of plain flour (or corn flour), 2 pints of stock and 2 tablespoons of crème fraiche.
- Turn up the heat and bring to the boil.
- Roll out a block of puff pastry.
- Pour your leak and turkey mixture into a pie dish and lay your pastry over the top – painting it with a beaten egg or milk for a lovely golden crust.
- Pop in the oven at approximately 180 degrees for 30-40 minutes or until pastry is puffed and golden.
Top tip: Foil food containers make a handy alternative to a pie dish and mean that you can make and freeze your pie(s) in handy portions to save for a later date.
#2 TURKEY ENCHILADAS
Break out the Old El Paso kit and cook up a tasty treat! Team with a nice leafy salad for a healthy side.
Top tip: Add some onion and red pepper to make your mix go the extra mile.
#3 SWEET AND SOUR TURKEY STIR-FRY
Whether you use a jarred sauce or mix up your own, this dish makes a zingy change to the traditional flavours of the festive season. Your taste buds will be well and truly fooled into thinking they aren’t eating turkey for the umpteenth time this week. Cook up some egg fried rice and stir-fry veg to create a wholesome winter meal.
Top tip: Add some sweet chilli sauce for some extra zing!
#4 TURKEY SALAD
If you’re feeling a bit full from the over indulgence of the festive period, this is a satisfyingly light alternative. Simply select the leaves of your choice, adding anything you fancy – from sweet sliced carrot, sweet corn, or red pepper to the traditional cucumber, cherry tomatoes and spring onion, lay your sliced turkey meat on top and garnish with some fresh or dried cranberries and a drizzle of juice. Some roasted chestnuts add yet another dimension to this healthy option.
#5 TURKEY CURRY
This is a dish that is sure to warm you up on the coldest of winter days. Whether you make it from scratch or cheat with a jar, you can’t beat a good curry!! Even if you go for the latter option we thoroughly recommend making this dish your own, with the addition of veg of your choice – onion, peppers (whatever colour you have to hand), some potatoes for a bit of bulk and even fruit like apple, sultanas or apricots for a little fruity surprise for your palate.
#6 TURKEY CHILLI
This tasty alternative to the traditional Chilli Con Carne uses your leftover turkey – minced or sliced instead of beef mince. Simply cook off your diced onion, red pepper and mushrooms, adding your meat and either a jar of Uncle Ben’s or a tin or chopped tomatoes with your own seasoning and a tin of canned kidney beans, leave to simmer et voila!
# 7 TURKEY CASSEROLE
Perfect for popping in your slow cooker, this dinner is an easy way to make that bird last another day! Simply dice some bacon, mushrooms and onion and pop in the bottom of your slow cooker or casserole. Add your turkey and a tin of cream of chicken soup, some mixed herbs and salt and pepper and leave to cook on a low heat. Serve on a bed of wild rice.
Top tip: Add a glass of left over white wine (What does that even mean?!) to give it a tasty kick.
#8 CARIBBEAN TURKEY STEW
You can’t beat a trip to the Caribbean for a stew that will take your taste buds on a thrill ride (we can go there in spirit, if not in body!) This truly spirited stew is packed full of punch – with curry powder, thyme, parsley, allspice or mixed spice, paprika, nutmeg, salt and pepper plus soy sauce, fresh garlic, onion, ginger, red pepper and juice of one lemon to season the turkey and tomatoes, coconut crème, turkey stock and fresh chilli to make up the stew. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves! It’s satisfying on so many levels and tastes perfect with roast spuds or rice.
#9 TURKEY WITH GINGER
If you’re fed up with spending the festivities tied to the kitchen, this stir-fry is the perfect quick fix meal, ready in less than half an hour! Marinate the turkey in a mixture of dry sherry, spring onions and ginger and set aside for 15 minutes. Fry up some garlic, celery and green pepper (or any other veg you’ve got hanging around!) in a wok and add the turkey, some soy sauce, lemon juice and rind and some chilli powder and cook for a further minute, then serve and ENJOY!
#10 TURKEY SOUP
The tastiest way to use up the very last of your bird! A yummy turkey broth, rich in onion, mushrooms and garlic with a good helping of double cream will warm you for weeks to come!
Top tip: Use small storage tubs to pack and freeze handy portions for use throughout the year.