Turkey, like chicken is very versatile and almost any chicken dish works well with turkey. Remember, cooked turkey will keep in the fridge for up to 2 days. If you’re not going to use it up in that time, remove it from the bone, divide the meat in portion sizes and freeze it for up to 3 months. Cooked turkey, like any other meat, should only be re-heated once. All these recipes can be found at www.therealmealdeal.com. Just substitute the meat in the recipes for your leftover turkey. Allow between 100g & 150g of leftover turkey per person, but if you’ve got less than that, just use more vegetables.
Here’s my list of top dishes to create with leftover turkey
- Turkey Curry has to be top of my list because there are so many types of curry to choose from. A Korma is not too spicy so a good choice if you have very young children. A home made Balti is fantastic and a firm favourite in my house.
- Turkey Pie or even Turkey and Ham Pie. Pies are very versatile and a great way to use up leftovers.
- Stir Fry with noodles is a super quick dish to prepare and you can just add the leftover turkey to any stir fry you like.
- Pasta Bake You can make leftover turkey go a long way by adding it to a pasta bake so this is a good choice if you don’t have much left. Essentially the turkey can be an added extra to a veg and pasta bake.
- Chicken Chasseur. Usually made with chicken, you can substitute leftover turkey to make this really tasty casserole.
- Creamy Turkey and Squash Gratin. Squashes are in season and turkey will work as well as chicken. This is also a good choice if you have some leftover bread to use up.
- Turkey Nuggets. I’ve directed you to my chicken nuggets recipe but as you’ll be using cooked turkey, you need to first make it into nuggets! Here’s how. Blitz the cooked turkey then stir in a beaten egg. The egg is to make the turkey stick together so it can be made into nuggets, so just add enough to make this possible. Form the turkey mixture into nuggets then just roll in a little pesto and breadcrumbs as per the chicken nugget recipe. The kids will love this one and it’s cheaper than a fast food restaurant.
- Risotto. Again this is a good recipe if you’ve not got much turkey leftover, just add more vegetables. The basic oven risotto recipe is a great start. You can choose what vegetables to add or go with the recipe and use a butternut squash.
- Most Paella uses chicken, but you can just as easily use leftover turkey
- Stroganoff. A beautiful creamy dish with a hint of paprika. The recipe uses pork, but you can substitute leftover turkey
Each year in the UK, we end up wasting the equivalent of two million turkeys. Planning what to do with your leftover meat will go a long way towards reducing this amount and if none of the ideas above appeal, there’s always turkey sandwiches!