Tuesday, 9 December 2014

What to do with your Christmas Turkey leftovers!

Yes, I know, I am getting ahead of myself. Talking about after Christmas before its even happened! But you know me, I like to be organised!

Bernard Matthews recently sent me a super yummy Golden Norfolk Turkey and asked me, what I would make with the leftovers. Its inevitable that you will have some left overs from your turkey this year. No matter how hard I try to just buy what I need, our Christmas Turkey is always bigger than I thought!

I dont know about you, but our Christmas is normally pretty busy. On the days surrounding Christmas and New Year we normally have Family popping in and out or we visit family. So I don't really have time to slave away in the kitchen. I would rather be joining in the fun with everyone else. So I try to make our meals as quick and easy as possible. This often results in lots of buffets! But we don't mind that, and the kids love it!

So I have come up with two recipes for inspiration on different ways to use up your leftover turkey. Both could be part of a buffet or even snacks to have whilst watching a movie!

Turkey Pizza Pinwheels. 

I love my slow cooker, and it certainly comes in handy at this time of year. These Turkey Pizza Pinwheels are really quick and easy to make, you could even get the kids involved!

100g butter
350g self raising flour
Teaspoon of salt
250ml milk
2-3 tablespoons of tomato puree
a big handful of turkey cut into chunks
150g grated cheddar cheese


Rub together the flour, butter and salt. Then gradually add the milk and stir. Once you have a smooth dough roll out into a rectangle.

Spread your tomato puree onto the dough, sprinkle on the cheese and then the turkey.

Roll the dough up from the widest side (like you would a swiss roll).

Grease your slow cooker bowl, or place a sheet of baking paper inside.

Cut into slices around 1 inch thick and place into the slow cooker. Remembering that the dough will expand so it is ok to leave gaps.

Put the lid on your slow cooker and cook on high for around 1 and 1/2 hours.

Depending on the size of your slow cooker you may have some left over. We did, so I wrapped in clingfilm and used the next day! Perfect if you get unexpected guests!

Turkey Spring Rolls.

When I made these, they were so popular that I had to make some more pretty quickly! They are the perfect finger food and would be lovely served with a sweet chilli dipping sauce.

6 Filo pastry sheets
1/2 a bag of stir fry vegetables with bean sprouts
1 tsp Chinese five spice
Dark soy sauce
2 tbsp vegetable oil
a big handful of leftover turkey (the brown meat is perfect for this)

Preheat your oven to 180 degrees.

In a bowl, put your turkey and a big splash of soy sauce and the Chinese five spice. Leave to marinade for a bit.

Heat a wok or deep frying pan, add 1 tbsp of the oil, then add the turkey. Cook for a couple of minutes then add the vegetables. Add a bit more soy sauce and continue to stir for 2 or 3 more minutes. Take off of the heat.

Lay out your Filo sheets onto a lightly floured surface, I halved my sheets.

In a small bowl or ramekin add the remaining oil.

Place 1 tablespoon full of your stir fry mix to the middle of the top of your filo sheet. You will know need to move quickly to roll your spring roll up!

Fold both of your sides into the middle, then roll towards you. Brush a little oil onto the end to seal it. Then lightly brush some oil over the outside of your spring roll.

Repeat this for the remainder of your filo, you should be able to make around 8-10 spring rolls from this depending on how much filling you put in.

Place on a lined baking tray and cook on the middle shelf for around 20 minutes or until golden.

So there you go, two easy and delicious ways to use up your leftover turkey! What do you do with your leftover Turkey? I would love to know.

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