Saturday, December 27, 2014

Leftovers: Turkey in a Wine and Cream Sauce (a lazy day recipe)

I love to cook, and especially when I get to use good quality, fresh ingredients.

Sometimes, however, it's chilly outside (so you don't want to leave the house), you've been in PJs all day (so you better not leave the house!) and you have a fridge full of leftovers.  Those days call for a lazy day recipe.  So behold, a quick recipe for turkey in a wine and cream sauce, with trimmings!

You will need:

Leftover turkey (we probably had 200-300 grams worth)
Frozen sweetcorn and frozen peas (1 cup each)
White wine
Onions (white/yellow if poss - the red ones can make the sauce a little pink!)
1 can each of Campbells cream of chicken and cream of mushroom soup (I keep these in the cupboard for occasions just like today, when reading/watching sports/napping were much higher up the priority list than venturing out to the shops!)

The sides are up to you.  We had mashed potato (Matthew's favourite!), cold sliced stuffing, pigs in blankets (we had a spare pack left from Christmas day), broccoli, carrots, and chicken gravy.

Fill two pans with water (one large, one small).  Put the larger one on to boil immediately.  This will be for your potatoes.  Salt the water, then peel 3 - 6 potatoes (depending enturely on how much your crowd like potatoes!).  The smaller one will be for any veggies.  If you're doing pigs in blankets (sausages wrapped in bacon for thosewho've never encountered the phrase!) or stuffing, you'll want to have the oven on the heat too.  Add the potatoes to the water and the items to the oven, then lets make some sauce!

Very roughly chop some onions (we're lazy day cooking here!) and put in a pan with a decent drop of butter.  Cook over a medium heat until turning transluscent.

Add a festive glug of wine.

Then add another.

Stir in a cup of frozen corn.

And some frozen peas.

Hurrah for deep freezers!

Dice up your leftover meat and add to the pan.  You will want to increase the heat here to ensure it's cook through fully - tummy bugs are never fun!

This is a good time to start the water boiling for your side veggies.

 Grab your cans of soup, open, decant and stir through.

Praise your Southern/Lancastrian grandma for her Florida/Georgia cooking tips.

Pour yourself a glass of white while everything simmers through.  Put your veggies in, make up a little gravy, mash your taters....and serve.

It may not win any beauty pageants, but by gosh it was tasty!


  1. Oh man that looks good! All we are having for dinner is pasta. I am sorely tempted to eat out instead. Budget smudget!

    1. It's so tricky post Christmas - after all the treats I can find reverting to 'normal' meals a little tricky!


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