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Six ideas for turkey leftovers recipes

06 December 2017 ( 09 December 2020 )

There's more to using up turkey leftovers than bunging sliced turkey between two slices of bread on Boxing Day. Try one of these recipes for spicy curry, creamy gratin, crunchy salad or jazzed-up sandwiches.

Turkey leftovers
Turkey leftovers

Gratin of turkey

Mix shredded leftover turkey meat with a creamy cheese sauce and top with a crunchy cheese and breadcrumb topping. The soothing, gentle flavour combination is just the thing for Boxing Day. Serve with steamed vegetables or a salad.

Recipe: gratin of turkey

Turkey club sandwiches

Turkey club sandwich

Assemble a classic New York club sandwich made by layering a double decker sandwich of toasted bread with a meat layer (traditionally turkey or chicken and ham) and a salad layer.

Recipe: Turkey club sandwich

Boxing Day turkey salad

Boxing Day turkey salad

If you’re looking for something a bit less rich after the excess of Christmas this Boxing Day salad tasty and colourful way to use up leftover turkey – and perhaps it’ll help kickstart your healthy eating regime if you’re planning to eat more healthily in the New Year.

Recipe: Boxing Day turkey salad

Turkey curry

Creamy spicy turkey curry

Surely one of the tastiest ways to use up leftover roast turkeys, this indulgent creamy curry uses fresh chilli, ginger, garlic and mint with a good dollop of clotted cream. Perfect for when you want a break from all the traditional Christmas foods you might have indulged in.

Recipe: creamy spicy turkey curry

Leftover turkey sandwich

Turkey sandwich

Sometimes only a turkey sandwich on Boxing Day will do. Try one of these five sandwich ideas – everything from a Vietnamese banh mi to a turkey toastie.

Recipe: 5 turkey sandwich ideas

Gravy being poured over Christmas dinner

Turkey gravy jus

Once you’ve stripped the flesh from the turkey why not use the carcass make a batch of Michael Wignall’s turkey gravy jus? It freezes perfectly so keep in the freezer in bathes and defrost in time for warming winter Sunday roasts in the months ahead. To defrost and use simply store the gravy in the fridge overnight then reheat in a saucepan.

Recipe: turkey gravy jus

Visit our leftovers recipe section for more tasty recipe ideas, including ways to use up Christmas vegetable leftovers such as a Boxing Day leftover vegetable frittata and leftover vegetable savoury strudel

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