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The Five Days of Christmas Turkey

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December 22, 2014 / English / By
Nicola

If your family is anything like mine, you'll buy an enormous turkey that can only just fit in the oven, then load up your plates with all the trimmings and only a couple of slices of meat. Even large families still end up with mounds of turkey left over at the end of the day, and facing a week of cold turkey sandwiches or re-heated roast dinners can be thoroughly demoralising.

Believe it or not, there are a whole heap of different ways to use up all your leftover turkey, so you won't even notice that you're eating the same meat every night! Christmas is an expensive time of year, so don't let anything go to waste.

1. Turkey Curry

Soak up your Boxing Day hangover with a rich, spicy turkey curry. Cut a few slices of turkey into chunks, then toss it in a pan with some onion, tomatoes, stock, and plenty of different spices, and leave it to simmer until the sauce has reduced and thickened. This meal doesn't require much thought, which is perfect if you're feeling exhausted, but it tastes amazing. Serve it with some plain boiled basmati rice and you have a meal that your whole family will enjoy!

'Turkey Red Thai Curry' by Mark Walker via Flickr

2. Turkey casserole

When all you want to do is sit down, put your aching feet up and watch a Christmas film with your family, the last thing you need is to be racing around trying to feed everyone. That's why a turkey casserole is ideal for the few days after Christmas. Use up leftover turkey by throwing it into a pot along with some vegetables and stock, then pop it in the oven and forget about it for a few hours! At the end of the day your house will be filled with the most mouth-watering smells, you'll have used up leftovers, you'll have a delicious meal ready and waiting for you, and you won't have used any energy in the process!

3. Turkey salad

We all tend to overeat at Christmas, so sometimes for a few days afterwards, a light bite is all you need. Try making a fresh salad by tossing together some lettuce, grated carrots, onions, tomatoes, and some shredded turkey with some light dressing. In this case, you don't have to cook anything - you don't even have to warm the turkey up! Healthy, easy food like this is great, and the best part is that this can use up all the tiny little scraps of turkey that you'd usually be tempted to throw away. No slices or large chunks in sight!

4. Turkey pie

With a turkey pie, you can go one of two ways. Either mix chunks of leftover meat with vegetables like mushrooms and carrots in a creamy sauce, or really use up your Christmas leftovers by making a rich cranberry sauce. Whichever one you choose, a turkey pie covered in buttery pastry will be a brilliant way to use up your leftovers in a way that won't feel like you're having Christmas dinner all over again. If you're having gammon - or any other meat, for that matter - then they also make great additions to pies after Christmas.

5. Turkey macaroni cheese

Everyone loves macaroni cheese - it's quick, easy, cheap, and very, very tasty. One of my favourite variations on a traditional macaroni cheese is to shred some chicken and add it in before baking, but at this time of year turkey will do the trick! Tear off scraps of turkey and add it to the macaroni before adding the cheese sauce, then stick it in the oven to bake. It might seem strange at first, but the slightly meaty texture and flavour is just fantastic in a macaroni cheese. Trust me, you'll thank me for this!

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