Leftover Turkey Curry/ Boxing Day Curry

So, Christmas Day is over, and you’ve got loads of turkey leftover, what are you going to do with it? Well, it’s nearly become as big of a tradition as the roast itself, it’s time for a Boxing Day turkey curry. Us Brits love a good curry, and there’s no better way to use up all your leftover turkey than with a delicious, light curry the day after a massive roast! 

Cooking Method

  1. Melt the butter and olive oil in a small pan, add the curry powder, 5 spice, MSG, and chilli powder and brown slightly. Add the flour and stir into a stiff curry paste. 
  2. To make the curry sauce, first heat enough water to make the volume of sauce you want, then stir in the paste a teaspoon at a time, if it is too watery add another, if it’s too thick add a bit more water. The sauce will thicken as it cools, so make it a bit runnier than you want to serve it at. 
  3. Season the sauce with salt and in a different pan stir fry the turkey and peas (and ginger and garlic if desired) until hot and then add the onions, they should be warmed but still have a crunch.  
  4. Pour the sauce over the stir-fried ingredients to finish off the leftover turkey curry and serve with your choice of sides.  

The Ingredients

  • Leftover cooked turkey, white, dark meat, or both 
  • 2 large tsps. Of curry powder 
  • 1 tsp of Chinese 5 spice 
  • 1 tsp of MSG (optional) 
  • ½ tsp of chilli powder 
  • 1 tsp of turmeric powder 
  • 4 crushed garlic cloves (optional) 
  • 2 inches of root ginger, peeled and grated (optional) 
  • 5 tbsp of vegetable oil 
  • 1 onion, chopped into big chunks 
  • 2 tbsp of wheat or cornflour 
  • 2 ounces of butter 
  • 4 tbsp of olive oil 

What to serve with leftover turkey curry

Like with any good curry, plain, boiled, or steamed rice makes the ideal side accompaniment. However, with it being Christmas you might have some other leftovers that you want to mix in. Also, the Chinese style curry sauce in this turkey curry recipe is delicious when poured over chips with a touch of vinegar. Chips and curry sauce, another popular British favourite.  

Frequently Asked Questions

When using your Christmas leftovers to make a new meal like a curry or casserole, you can freeze them if you want to eat the new meals a day or two later. Even if you are using turkey that was originally frozen, it is still ok to freeze turkey leftovers.  

If a curry isn’t what you fancy, there are plenty of other dishes you can make with your turkey leftovers. Some examples include a casserole, turkey carcass soup, a fresh turkey salad, turkey sandwiches for the coming days and more.  

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