Leftover and Over

I love a roast turkey. I love a turkey panini with dressing and cranberry sauce the next day, or maybe a hot turkey sandwich with fries on the side the day after that. I don’t even mind a bit of turkey soup on the third day.Β  However, by the end of that bowl of much-loved turkey soup my taste buds just become numb. Call it the turkey coma.

I had cooked my first turkey for Thanksgiving back in mid October. And, as much as I love turkey, the very sight of leftover turkey on the third day can be a bit frustrating. Last year I had tried Jamie Oliver’s Turkey Leek Pie with the leftover turkey from the in-laws. It is a super good recipe, like most of Jamie’s recipes (I may be biased) – “easy as pie”, you might say. I had planned on adopting it as a left-over-turkey tradition. It would have come back to the table as planned had I not been eating salt and pepper seasoned turkey for the last few days. I needed a good punch of flavour – mild, yet something that wakes up the coma-lulled taste buds.

Here is what saved the next turkey for me. This pie is mildly spicy with tomato, cream, and lots of vegetables – as well as turkey and eggs. The puff pastry is a real treat with this filling. The curried filling is as good with plain rice and also freezes well if there is plenty leftover again!



  • Leftover Turkey: 2 cups cubed or shut into small but chunky pieces
  • Boiled Vegetables: 2 cups (small diced boiled potatoes, carrots, cauliflower, peas)
  • Oil: 2 tbsp
  • Onion: 1 medium finely chopped
  • ginger: 1 tbsp freshly grated
  • Garlic: 2 tbsp freshly grated
  • Tomato: 2 cubs cubed
  • Yogurt: 1 cup
  • Cream: 1 cup
  • Coriander Powder: 1 tbsp
  • Cumin Powder: 1 tbsp
  • Turmeric Powder: 1/2 tsp
  • Chilli Powder: 1/4 tsp
  • Fenugreek Seeds: 1 tsp
  • Fresh Thyme:Β  1 few sprigs
  • Whole Boiled Eggs: 3
  • Puff Pastry: 1 sheet
  • Salt and pepper: to taste


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees C.
  • Heat oil in a pan, add fenugreek seeds and let the seeds start bubbling. Add onion to this and fry for 5 mins or so on medium heat till it tuns translucent.
  • Add grated ginger and garlic to the onions and fry for another few minutes. Add the tomatoes, turmeric, chilli, coriander and cumin powder and stir fry on low heat till the tomatoes have melted and the spices are well mixed. Take off heat, let cool for a min or two and add the yogurt and mix well.
  • Put pan back on heat and continue to cook the spices on low heat till the mixture is smooth and creamy and the oil has separated from the spices.
  • Add the vegetables and turkey and cook for a few minutes.
  • Add cream, salt and pepper to taste and the thyme. Mix well.
  • Cover and let cook on low heat till the sauce is not runny any more.
  • Take off heat, add the chopped hard boiled eggs and mix thoroughly.
  • Spoon the turkey in individual pie dishes.
  • Make a small whole or opening on the pastry used to cover the pie. Place on pie and brush with a little bit of milk.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the pastry is well puffed and golden.
  • Serve hot.

37 thoughts on “Leftover and Over

  1. I have to admit that we don’t go for turkey at Christmas. Shocking but true. My rule for Christmas dinner is that everybody who is going to sit down at the table gets a vote in what we have. This year, roast beef, seasonal veg and Yorkshire pudding. Perhaps a beef sandwich the next day.
    Lovely photography as ever.

  2. Woww I am a vegetarian, but these look FANTASTIC. And I forgot what a fabulous photographer you are–these photos are just GORGEOUS! Can you please lend me some of your composition genius? πŸ™‚

    • You can make this without the turkey and it will taste just perfect too! Maybe replace meat with tofu if you really need it.
      Thank you for the compliments on the photos! Haha. I am still learning and trying to adapt to the sunlight in the house. I usually play around with the props till I am satisfied with how it looks. Try create some sort of an atmosphere and keep props real. Really…I am no guru…all a trial and error and sometimes pure fluke! But, it’s fun!

  3. I am loving, really loving your leftovers! Mine never look this good!! The recipe is superb and your presentation is stunning!!!

  4. Thank you so much for visiting my blog- I’m glad I did because I love your recipes! I’m not a fan of turkey normally (especially if it’s leftovers), but this is a great way to spruce up the meat in a favorable manner.

  5. I saw this post before Thanksgiving and meant to comment on it– this has got to be the best idea ever for Thanksgiving leftovers! I even went to the store and bought my first frozen puff pastry ever, intending to make this, but we didn’t have quite enough roasted chicken (which we made instead of turkey) leftover… I’d still like to try out your recipe at some point soon! πŸ™‚

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