These patties are one of our favourite leftover turkey recipes. Not only do they use up the roast turkey, but also roast potatoes, carrots, bread sauce and stuffing – and are adaptable to using up whatever other roast dinner leftovers you have sat in the fridge!
I call them turkey patties, but technically they may be turkey fritters.
Whatever they are called, they are a delicious (and toddler approved!) way of using up your leftover roast turkey.
The kids love them, and actually we don’t just make them with Christmas dinner leftovers, but enjoy them throughout the year using leftover roast chicken.
What Christmas lunch leftovers can I use in these turkey patties?
- Leftover roast potatoes – mashed until no large lumps remain
- Leftover bread sauce
- Leftover stuffing
- Leftover veggies – carrots, parsnips – mashed; brussels sprouts or cabbage – finely shred
- Leftover sausage – finely chopped. Use leftover ham or bacon instead, finely shredded.
Why we love this recipe:
- It’s adaptable to whatever roast leftovers you have
- They’re kid friendly
- They are a great recipe for using up dry turkey
- And they are a good recipe for tough turkey leftovers too – just cut the turkey meat finely.
What to serve with these turkey fritters:
We love a simple side salad or coleslaw, or a red cabbage salad (as in the picture): thinly slice a red cabbage and mix with a little olive oil and pinch of salt. Something simple after all that rich Christmas food!
Another leftover turkey recipe you may like:
Turkey pie – use the recipe for leftover chicken pie and sub the chicken for turkey. Turkey and leek pie is on Mr Jones’s list of things we HAVE to make with leftover turkey; even during a hot Australian Christmas!
- 100 g cold roast potatoes mashed with fork
- 30 g cooked carrots mashed
- 2 cooked chipolata sausages finely diced
- 75 g cooked turkey finely diced/shredded
- 1 tablespoon bread sauce
- ½ tablespoon stuffing
- 1 egg beaten
- flour for dusting
- olive oil for frying
- Mix everything together well, then form into golf ball size patties. You should get around 10 patties.
- Sprinkle some flour - about a tablespoon - on a plate, then place the patties on the flour, using two spoons, carefully turning to coat both sides in flour (they are a little fragile).
- Place in fridge for 30 minutes to an hour to firm up.
- Heat a dsp olive oil in a non stick frying pan over a medium heat, then fry the patties for 3-4 minutes each side until golden and hot throughout.
- Serve straight away.