Saturday, December 16, 2006

Xmas Leftovers and beyond

Today the topic is what to do with the festive left-overs.
Turkey and Walnut Pate:
This can also be made with those 'free' chicken scraps taken from a carcase.
4 oz (125g) cooked turkey
3 oz (75g) soft cheese eg Lymeswold
6 or more shelled walnuts
pinch celery salt
pinch paprika
3 tblsp sherry
Blitz everything together in a blender until smooth. Pour into individual or one larger dish. Smooth top and cover with melted butter. Chill until set. Serve with toast.

Turkey Waldorf:
Approximate amounts - just use according to what you have or to your taste.
1 lb (500g) cooked turkey, diced
2 ribs celery, chopped
1 large red eating apple, unpeeled, cored and chopped
2 oz (50g) walnut pieces, chopped
4 -6 tblsp mayonnaise
1 -2 tblsp cream or yogurt
Put the turkey, celery, apple and walnuts into a bowl. Mix together the mayo and cream or yogurt. Pour over the turkey mixture and toss well until all the ingredients are evenly coated.

1 onion, peeled and chopped
1 1/2lb (700g) cooked potatoes, diced
8 oz (225g) cooked turkey, diced
4 oz (110g) quality sausages, cooked and diced
1 small can (225g) baked beans
1 small can (98g) sweet corn
Fry the onion in a little oil until soft. Add the rest of the ingredients, including the liquid from the cans, and cook over a medium heat for about 10-12 minutes until heated through and some of the liquid has evaporated.

Turkey Burgers:
8 oz (225g) cooked turkey, minced or finely chopped
4 oz (110g) semi-dried breadcrumbs
1 small onion, grated
1 egg, freshly ground black pepper
2 tblsp. water
Mix all the ingredients together and form into four burgers. Fry in a little hot oil for 10 minutes, turning once. Serve in any way you wish.
Tip: experiment with adding additional flavours: dried or fresh herbs, a dash of tomato, brown or chilli sauce, maybe a smidgin of curry paste.

Farmhouse Pie:
If Cottage Pie is made with beef, and Shepherd's Pie made with Lamb, then how about a turkey version? I leave it to you to work out the refinements, but suggest minced cooked turkey in a rich gravy, topped with mashed carrots and parsnips (or butternut squash), and a final topping of mashed potato (maybe with a little grated cheese added?). Somewhere along the way some cranberry sauce could be incorporated. This suggestion I leave with you.

A Lavaly Dessert!
Some mincemeat to spare? Then make this simple dish. Make a mound of ice-cream, pour over hot mincemeat and press in the top a lump of sugar which has been soaked in brandy or rum. Give it time to warm up from the heat of the mincemeat. (You can't warm it up prior to this as the cube may dissolve). At the table, light the sugar cube with a match and the dish then resembles an erupting volcano.

Saint Stephen's Pudding: A good pud for Boxing Day.
Basically a bread and butter pudding using mincemeat instead of the more usual currants. A dash of brandy or rum mixed into the custard mix will improve it even further.

Christmas Crumble:
Use a standard apple crumble recipe, layering apples with a smear of mincemeat (or crumbled left-over Xmas pudding mixed with grated or chopped apples. Add toasted oatmeal and grated marzipan to the flour/fat/sugar crumble topping.