What to cook with your leftover Turkey

We find that buying a big Christmas turkey always results in lots of leftover meat! Most of us settle for a few plain turkey sandwiches, but why not enjoy your leftovers and turn your turkey into a delicious post-Christmas dinner? We've pulled together a few of our favourite boxing day dinners to help inspire you to create a delicious meal from your leftover turkey!

If we've missed a recipe you absolutely swear by then get in touch - we'd love to know how you get creative with your Christmas leftovers.

Turkey and Ham Pie

Use up your leftovers with this hearty turkey and ham pie, use shop-bought pastry for a quick and delicious dinner. We love this recipe as a boxing day treat and find its a real crowd pleaser! You can even change it to whatever you've got left in the fridge by adding cooked veg or swapping the ham for gammon or bacon.

Turkey Chilli

If you're bored of all the classic Christmas dishes then this recipe is the perfect way to mix up your post-Christmas dinners! The spices give the turkey a whole new flavour and there's nothing better than a hot bowl of chilli on a cold winters evening. This recipe works especially well with the leftover dark meat on the turkey and can be made with shredded chicken if you've already eaten all your turkey leftovers.

Turkey teriyaki stir fry

Swap the chicken in this recipe for turkey for yet another quick and easy festive dinner. It includes a recipe for making your own teriyaki sauce but the recipe works just as well with a pre-made sauce. You can also add lots of extra veg such as thinly sliced carrots (perfect if you have a few spare from Christmas day) to make this even healthier.

Turkey hash

This easy recipe will use up any leftover turkey as well as any roast potatoes you may have left from your Christmas dinner. It takes only 25 minutes and you can be as creative as you'd like with the different veg you chuck into the pan. Try with leeks, broccoli or maybe even red cabbage - this recipe is really versatile and it great for using up whatever you've got in the fridge.

Turkey Curry

This turkey curry is quick, simple and packed full of flavour! It takes just 25 minutes to cook and you might just find yourself cooking it right through to the new year. It might not be a traditional meal for the festive period but is a great way to mix things up between Christmas and New Year. It's also pretty healthy and can be made healthier with the addition of spinach or swapping white rice for brown rice.

Homemade Turkey Stock

We certainly like to get the very best out of our Christmas turkey and one of our favourite things to make is homemade stock. Just place the turkey carcass in a large saucepan, add vegetables, 2 litres of water and slowly bring to the boil. Simmer for an hour, strain and allow to cool. It's really that simple!

It's wonderful for adding to homemade soup, as stock for risotto or even to add to gravy. It can also be frozen to use at a later date.

How long do I have to eat my leftover turkey?

Cooked turkey is safe in the fridge for up to four days, so you've got a few days to decide what to do with your leftovers. But remember, if you're reheating the leftovers they need to be piping hot throughout. If you don't think you'll have time to eat your leftover turkey then remove the meat from the carcass, seal in a container and pop it into the freezer, it'll be safe for up to two months but make sure to fully defrost before using it.