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Leftover Turkey Recipes
Roast turkey is a great family favourite, especially at Thanksgiving and Christmas. But after the feast, comes the question – how to use the leftovers? Here are five ways to make the most of your festive bird.
Leftover turkey sandwich recipes
Use thick slices of turkey breast and add a little of the dark meat for flavour. Use different breads, like ciabatta rolls, baguettes, wholemeal bread, or toasted white bread.
Add other ingredients, such as:
salad leaves like lettuce or spinach
cherry tomatoes or thinly sliced beetroot
wafer-thin cooked ham
crumbled crispy bacon
sliced hard-boiled egg
soft cheeses, like Brie or Camembert
Give it flavour with mustard, cranberry sauce, leftover turkey stuffing, pickles, mayonnaise, sliced gherkins, or radishes.
Leftover turkey salad recipes Use both white and dark meat. Cube or shred the leftover turkey.
Toss with toasted almonds, thin slices of fresh mango and soft salad leaves. Dress with a light vinaigrette.
Mix with cubed avocado, slivered yellow and red pepper, sweetcorn and halved cherry tomatoes. Dress with olive oil, whisked with lime juice and chilli.
Stir shredded turkey breast meat through cooled cooked thin rice noodles. Add shredded lettuce, matchstick slices of carrot and cucumber, and dress with a well-blended mixture of 2 parts light soy sauce to 1 part sweet chilli sauce.
Leftover turkey soup recipes
Add diced turkey to a basic vegetable soup recipe. Try it with celery and apple, in a chowder with sweetcorn, or as part of a spicy oriental soup, with noodles and shredded leaves.
Liven up turkey soup with herbs and spices. Try thyme and oregano, ground coriander, smoked paprika.
Leftover turkey and pasta recipes
Mix diced turkey into tomato and sweet pepper sauce and serve with rice or pasta.
Stir pesto through chopped leftover turkey for an instant pasta sauce.
Leftover turkey curry recipesTurkey makes a great curry. Soften a chopped onion, add cubed turkey and curry paste. Cook for a few minutes, add liquid made with creamed coconut grated into boiling water, or use canned coconut milk. Stir well, simmer until turkey is heated throught. Serve with rice and naan bread.
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