More leftover turkey?
Judging by the number of people who have asked if I have any more suggestions for leftover Turkey - it seems that many of us had ordered the beast for Christmas 2020 before knowing that due to lockdown, family and friends, quite rightly but so sadly, would not be allowed to be with us.
So, if you still have a freezer full of cooked turkey here are some more ideas…
(but for all these recipes do make sure the meat is thoroughly and safely defrosted)
Turkey Stroganoff. Fry a couple of sliced white onions with the same amount of sliced mushrooms and a couple of grated cloves of garlic until cooked but not brown. Add sliced cooked turkey and then a splash (how big a splash is up to you) of sherry or masala. Simmer for about 10 minutes for the alcohol to evaporate – but leaving the wonderful aroma and taste. Then add a good dollop of half fat crème fraiche (for a healthier alternative) or full fat or even double cream for a real treat. Season. Stir through and simmer again for about 5 minutes and serve on rice. Very tasty.
My husband, Tim, loves Nachos in any shape or form and will seek out a restaurant or pub for miles around, even up to London, if they have a good reputation in serving them. But I think they can look a little unappetising - stodgy and certainly pretty unhealthy (because they are!). But, despite his passion, even he admits – they are to be an occasional treat . So, to help the waistline a little and perhaps make them more appealing - one idea is to substitute the traditional beef mince with pieces of turkey, which is a very healthy meat– making the dish a little better for you, but not a lot!!
Fry sliced onions with sliced red and yellow peppers. and a couple of grated cloves of garlic. Add a can of good, chopped tomatoes. And any spices or herbs you like. Tim would like lots of fresh coriander and a good teaspoon of garam masala (a great flavoursome spice for a little kick to your meals) and perhaps some grated fresh ginger or chopped fresh chilli. But you could add chopped parsley, or dried basil or oregano or thyme. Or just leave it as a rich tomatoey onion and pepper sauce without extra flavours. Simmer to reduce the liquid. Add the cooked sliced turkey and cook gently for about 5 minutes. Season. OK, pretty healthy up to now…but then you put the mixture onto a pile of tortilla chips. Cover in grated cheddar cheese (or gruyere or a blue cheese if you want it really rich) and pop in the oven for 20 minutes until it all melts. Popular wife! Especially if she makes guacamole to go with it.
My final idea is to make a Creamy Turkey and Leek Pie. Simply make (OK …or buy) a white or cheese sauce. Add chunks of the cooked turkey, sauteed sliced leeks and mushrooms and perhaps a small drained can of sweetcorn. Top with bought puff pastry and bake in a hot oven for about 40 minutes. Serve with a green salad for a quick, tasty and rather impressive supper.
Then that should be it – no more turkey leftovers in the freezer, all used up – hopefully!