We love Christmas leftovers! Teamed with some epic flavours and given a bit of love, you can create amazing meals that are so tasty, they might just rival the big day itself.
Here, we’re celebrating the Christmas centrepiece – the mighty turkey – and we’ve got 7 tasty leftover turkey recipes perfect for Boxing Day and beyond.
A triple whammy, you can use up leftover turkey meat, skin and gravy in this delightfully delicate risotto. Stir the meat through the oozy rice as it cooks, make thyme-spiked crispy turkey skin – think Christmas crackling – and finish with a pool of piping hot gravy in the middle.
We all love toad in the hole – with crisp, fluffy, golden Yorkshire pudding and good sausages, it’s hard to beat. But what if we told you it’s possible to enjoy your entire Christmas meal in a Yorkie? Bigging up all those big day leftovers, Jamie’s gone to town with this megamix. Team your leftover turkey meat with sweet leeks to create a deliciously dirty gravy, and you’ve got – in our opinion – one of the best leftover meals ever!
Fresh, vibrant and fruity, this leftover turkey salad is just the ticket if you’re after fresh relief from the indulgence of Christmas Day. With bang-in-season clementines, pops of pomegranate and sweet dried cranberries, this beautiful plateful is a riot of colour. Plenty of festive ingredients pack a nutritional punch – read nutritionist Laura Matthews’ guide to find out more.
Celebrating leftover turkey meat and stuffing, this wonderfully stodgy, easy-to-make stew is sure to provide a comforting bowlful. Jamie’s added bacon biscuit-inspired dumplings for a twist, adding an extra dimension of flavour and texture. Give it a go!
Our first contender for a revamped turkey sarnie are these Vietnamese-style baguettes packed with spiced crispy turkey meat, quick pickled veg and a punchy garlicky lime mayo. It’s the brown turkey meat that will really deliver big on the flavour front here, but of course feel free to use what you’ve got, chucking in any leftover skin to crisp up, too.
Sticking with the sandwich vibe, we’ve got this brilliant recipe for turkey sloppy Joes. Think juicy, gravy-dressed pulled turkey meat, crunchy veg, gherkins and homemade BBQ sauce, all piled high in a soft squidgy bun. With a vat of extra gravy on the side, find a quiet corner, tie a Christmas napkin round your neck, and get dunking.
Let us introduce you to the Gobble-oink pie, a fun little recipe dreamt up by food stylist Sarah Tildesley that’s perfect if you’ve got little helpers on hand. Teaming leftover turkey with ham – hence the gobble-oink – these individual pies are super-easy to put together and, with their smashed swede and sweet potato tops, are fun to do, too.
Hungry for more? Check out our bumper selection of turkey recipes, including Jamie’s top ways to roast the bird for the big day, as well as turkey soups, salads, quesadillas and other delicious bites. Still got a fridgeful? We’ve got plenty of ideas for your other Christmas leftovers, too.