Leftover Turkey Gratin with Sherry

Aaah! the day after boxing day – the first day of that strange no-man's land that exists between Christmas and New Year when nobody seems to remember what day of the week it is, we are all reminded why we moved out of home in the first place, and the prehistoric proportioned turkey carcass starts to smell.

But instead of bemoaning the thought of another slab of turkey breast dry enough to strike a match on stuffed in between two slices of white, buttered bread and salad cream, try this cheap and cheerful recipe that not only helps get through all the leftover bird but also makes use of the sherry Granny failed to quaff during the Queen's speech.

Adjust the ingredients to the amount of leftover turkey you have.

  • 1 killo left over turkey meat (dark and light meat)
  • 100g butter
  • 2 heaped table spoons of flour
  • 700 ml milk
  • 1 glass of sherry (sweet or dry)
  • 200g grated cheddar
  • 2 cloves of garlic crushed
  • 100g grated parmesan
  • salt and pepper
  • chopped parlsey
1. It's time to get your hands dirty and take all the flesh from your left over turkey. You will need the breast meat and the tasty leg meat as well. 

2. Once you have al the meat from your bird, chop it into healthy chunks and arrange in a shallow oven proof dish.

3. Melt the butter in a pan on a gentle heat. Take off the heat and stir in flour with a wooden spoon. Gradually stir in the milk and bring to the boil stirring all the time until you have a smooth and creamy sauce. Let it simmer while still stirring for two to three minutes. 

4. Now pour in the sherry, garlic, black pepper, salt and cheese and stir until the cheese has melted into the sauce. 

5. Pour over the sauce over the turkey, dot with a little butter and sprinkle with the grated parmesan. 

6. Cook in the oven for 35 – 40 minutes.


Leftover turkey


All that good meat



Ready for the oven

This year The Hungry Cyclist was given his turkey from the good folk at Fieldshires.com
If you want a truly delicious bird make sure to order your bird with Fieldshires next year.

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1 comment

  1. What are you doing with your leftover turkey? I would love to know. Why not add some ideas in the comments below.
    Happy New Year

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