ORIn addition to all the problems we’ve faced in 2020, this season we could be experiencing greater turkey glut than ever: restrictions on large gatherings, combined with high demand and a corresponding shortage of smaller birdsIt may have left many of us with more meat than we can eat in one, two, or even three sessions.
Fortunately, help is at hand – here are 17 easy, delicious, and slightly different ways to use your Christmas turkey.
Even in more normal times, leftover turkey presents a problem: Cooked meat will keep for about two days in the refrigerator, invariably the two days of the year when you least feel like eating or cooking turkey, or even having conversations about it. . But a little effort after the meal will ease the pain.
Ideally, you should have refrigerated the leftover turkey as soon as it has cooled, within 90 minutes or so, and scooped up the clean carcass of meat. You can freeze what you don’t think you can consume in the next 48 hours. Now, make broth with the bones.
The broth is simple, so simple that even the recipe for Michelin star chef Giorgio Locatelli’s turkey broth is elemental: bones, carrot, celery, onion, some bay leaves and a couple of hours of his time, most of which you can spend watching television.
Once you’ve got your broth, try Locatelli’s Turkey Sausage Pea Risotto, which is also a great way to spend the last few sausages in a pack.
The turkey soup can take any shape your other leftovers allow, but it can end up tasting like a liquid version of Christmas lunch, something you might not be in the mood for on St. Stephen’s night. For a lighter, faster and more exciting meal, try Jamie Oliver’s Turkey and Coconut Milk Soup, with all the ingredients you should have on hand for this type of eventuality: lemongrass, chillies, ginger, lime, fish sauce. If you don’t have oyster mushrooms lying around, use whatever they have at the corner store; here we are working with the leftovers. This turkey ramen it also features the ability to use leftover turkey sauce instead of turkey broth.
Turkey curry has become a staple after Christmas. The quintessential version of Felicity Cloake is a tomato and cream affair, smooth but fully adjustable in spice. It even has 10 Brussels sprouts.
While it is near perfect, it is not the only option. Raymond Blanc Turkey Curry skip the cream and Josceline Dimbleby’s quick recipe uses curry paste from a jar.
Needless to say, you can use cooked turkey in any circumstance where you might otherwise use cooked chicken, making it ideal for all types of cakes. This chicken pie, also from Dimbleby, is like a homemade pie made with turkey instead of ground beef. (A pollero was a poultry and small game trader, that is, someone who knew a thing or two about how to prepare various meals with a swan.)
Cloake’s Turkey Ham Tart is a tart in the casserole sense with a pastry top, while Nigel Slater’s Turkey Bud Chestnut Tart is a festive custard tart with the batter on the bottom. They both use the leftover sprouts, in case you still have them.
One sure way to add flexibility to your leftover turkey is to shred it well. Turns out I have some meat grinders, they’re like steel bear claws with handles; Sometimes I use them when researching strange noises at night, but a couple of forks and a little patience will do. Once it gets going, it’s hard to stop.
Shredded turkey can slip into many meals: sandwiches, a Bolognese-style sauce, between layers of lasagna. But it can also serve as a key ingredient, as in Yotam Ottolenghi’s Sweet and Sour Turkey Salad, in a simple Moroccan salad with aubergine and harissa, or in this Szechuan bang bang salad recipe from Thomasina Miers. James Ramsden’s Lebanese-style fattee is a layered dish of pitta bread, chili sauce, yogurt, herbs, and yes, pulled turkey.
At the end of the week, you might be craving a takeout, anything, as long as it doesn’t taste like Christmas, but there’s nothing stopping you from using some of the remaining turkey to make your own version. You can, for example, make a nice starter of turkey, cilantro and coconut spring rolls or put together some turkey fajitas, which Cloake serves with an orange and sprout salad, but allows for the substitution of shredded lettuce. For this I am grateful; I will definitely have eaten my last sprout at this point.
Finally, you can take out some Singapore turkey noodles For New Years Eve, add the leftover ham if you like, while wearing a stupid paper hat if you still have one. Once 2021 is underway, it may be a long time before you want to eat turkey again, but when you do, you will have a full freezer.
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