If you’re anything like us, you’ve got a fridge full of Christmas leftovers right now after one of the more extravagant meals of the year.
Lots of turkey, ham, Christmas pudding - not to mention cheese and nuts!
Well super chef Jamie Oliver has revealed his revealed his top tips for using up festive leftovers and says it’s the perfect opportunity to cook up something outside the box.
‘Most of us will wake up on Boxing Day with a little more than just a hangover,’ he says. ‘But instead of letting all that lovely stuff go to waste, use it as a chance to get really creative in the kitchen.’
But his favourite way to use up leftover turkey is with this amazing pot pie - which we agree is a real cracker.
‘There are loads of uses for leftover turkey – from soups to sandwiches to stir-fries – but one guaranteed way to turn it into a real crowd pleaser is to whip up a beautiful, comforting pie,’ says Jamie.
‘This one combines turkey with sweet leeks and chestnuts – it’s the kind of gentle comfort food that makes this time of year so special. ‘Feel free to throw in any leftover roast ham, too.’
Here’s Jamie’s amazing recipe - but for even more fabulous ways with leftovers, head over to his site here!
2 kg leeks , washed, trimmed; white end chopped into chunks, green end finely sliced
freshly ground black pepper
800 g cooked white turkey meat , torn into big chunks
2 heaped tablespoons plain flour , plus extra for dusting
2 pints organic turkey, chicken or vegetable stock
2 tablespoons crème fraîche
500 g puff pastry
12 jarred or vac-packed chesntnuts , roasted and peeled
2 sprigs of fresh sage , leaves picked
1 free-range egg , beaten
Method1. For this recipe, you will need 800 g cooked white turkey meat, torn into big chunks.
2. This is dead simple, completely versatile and absolutely gorgeous. It’s not a pretty-boy pie; it’s a proper, old-school pie that everyone will be over the moon to see on the table. I’m putting leftover white turkey meat to good use here, but you could also mix brown meat in there too.
3. Preheat your oven to 190°C/375°F/gas 5. Put your bacon in a large pan on a medium heat and add your thyme leaves. Add a lug of olive oil and let it all fry off a few minutes. Add all of your prepped leeks and fry them off for about 3 minutes. Add a pinch of salt and pepper then pop the lid on top, turn the heat down to medium and let them cook away gently for 30 minutes, stirring every 5 to 10 minutes to make sure they don’t catch. There’s going to be enough moisture in the leeks to keep them happy in the pan so they should be soft and melt in your mouth once they’re done.
4. When your leeks are ready, add the turkey meat to them and stir. If you’ve got a bit of stuffing mixed in there you can put that in too. Add the flour, mix it in well then pour in your stock and stir again. Add the crème fraîche then turn the heat up and bring everything back up to the boil. Have a taste and add a bit more salt and pepper if it needs it then turn the heat off. Pour the mixture through a sieve over another large empty pan and let the wonderful gravy from the mixture drip into the pan while you roll out your pastry.
5. Get a deep baking dish roughly 22 x 30cm. Dust a clean surface and a rolling pin with a bit of flour and roll your pastry out so it’s about double the size of your dish. Crumble the chestnuts over one half of the pastry then tear a few of the sage leaves over the chestnuts. Fold the other half of pastry on top then roll it out carefully and evenly so you have a rectangle big enough to cover your baking tray. Don’t worry if a few bits stick out here and there.
6. Spoon that thick leek mixture from your sieve into the pie dish and spread it out evenly. Lay your pastry on top, tuck the ends under then gently score the pastry diagonally with your knife. Add a pinch of salt to your beaten egg then paint this egg wash over the top of your pastry. Pop your pie in the oven for about 35 to 40 minutes or until the pastry is puffed up and golden brown. When the pie is ready, re-heat the lovely gravy and serve with your pie, along with some peas tossed in butter, lemon, salt and pepper and everyone’s happy!