For our family, the traditional roast has to be a turkey. I think you cannot beat a whole turkey that has been brined to tenderise the meat and add bags of flavour (through osmosis if you can remember your school science classes!), and then basted to perfection. But once that beautiful bird has graced the Christmas Day table, what do you do with the leftovers?
Well, to start with, we have a bit of a Boxing Day tradition where we bubble and squeak all the left over roast potatoes, vegetables, pigs in blankets and stuffing and add some slices of the turkey. Then there are the delicious cold turkey sandwiches with cranberry sauce in the evening. But usually there is still some turkey left over. So, for the 27th (or freeze the turkey in stock so you can have it several weeks later if you're feeling a little turkey overwhelm!), how about a super tasty, super spicy (spicy not blow your head off hot), super speedy turkey curry? This recipe won't take longer than 20 minutes max to cook.
Which type of turkey meat to use
This is a great recipe to have a go at to use up your left over turkey in a meal that is definitely not full of traditional Christmas flavours - time for a change! It doesn't matter whether you use the white breast meat or the brown leg meat, or a combination of the two for this recipe. In fact, the brown leg meat probably works best as there is often more flavour in that part of the bird.
To make your Left Over Turkey Curry, you will need:
1 tablespoon oil
1 onion, sliced
1 red pepper, sliced
1 green pepper, sliced
1 tsp chilli flakes
3 cloves garlic, crushed
3 cm ginger, grated
3 tsp garam masala
2 tsp turmeric
500 g leftover cooked turkey, cubed
350 ml passata
200 ml coconut milk
Salt and pepper to taste
And all you have to do is:
Place the oil, onions and peppers in a wide, deep pan and cook over a gentle heat for about 5 minutes, or until lightly golden.
Add the chilli, garlic, ginger, garam masala and turmeric and fry gently for 2 more minutes (add a very small splash of water from the kettle if it gets too dry).
Add the turkey, passata, coconut milk, salt and pepper and bring to the boil. Turn down low and simmer for 10 minutes until the sauce has thickened and the turkey is piping hot throughout. Now you are ready to serve!
What to serve with your Left Over Turkey Curry
Serve with rice and/or naans and all your favourite accompaniments.
Send us your pictures of your Left Over Turkey Curry, we'd love to see them!