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Turkey and Sprout Curry

Updated: Jan 31, 2020

by Olivia Spurrell from delicious. magazine, December 2019 Leftovers Special

It's a festive kitchen bonanza today, with not one, but three recipes that I cooked with Simon Mayo on air! All using leftover food, which is what I firmly believe Christmas is should be all about... using up everything from your fridge after the big day!

Photography by Caroline Marson

Turkey and Sprout Curry

by Olivia Spurrell from delicious. magazine December 2019 Leftovers Special

Photography: Stuart West

Serves 4

Prep & cooking time 40 min


25g butter

1 large onion, sliced

2 garlic cloves, crushed

125g curry paste (we used Patak’s mild curry spice paste)

500ml chicken stock

300g leftover turkey

300g cooked sprouts, quartered

75ml single cream

1 tsp nigella seeds

1 tbsp mango chutney

Fresh coriander leaves and naan bread to serve

(Ingredients I used for both dishes, Turkey Sprout Curry and Leftover roast veg, cranberry, and brie melty tray bake)

Turkey Sprout Curry Method;

Heat the butter in a deep frying pan until foaming, then add the onion and cook over a medium heat for 5 minutes until softened. Stir in the garlic, cook for a minute, then stir in the curry paste and cook for a further 2 minutes.

Pour in the stock and simmer for 8-10 minutes. Stir in the turkey and sprouts, then add the cream, nigella seeds and chutney. Cook, stirring, until heated through, but don’t boil or the cream will split. (If it does, don’t worry – the curry will still taste good.) Season and serve in bowls sprinkled with coriander, with naan bread for dipping.

Leftover roast veg, cranberry, and brie melty tray bake

by Olivia Spurrell from delicious. magazine December 2019 Leftovers Special

Serves 2-4

Prep time: 15 min

Cooking time: 20 min


600g leftover roast veg, such as potatoes, carrots and parsnips

1 tbsp olive oil to drizzle

A few leftover woody herbs such as rosemary, thyme and sage, leaves removed

150g brie (check it’s vegetarian if need be), sliced

3 tbsp leftover cranberry sauce

1 tbsp pine nuts

Pesto to serve (optional)


1. Heat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan/gas 6. Put the roast veg on a roasting tray, drizzle with olive oil, add black pepper and scatter the herbs over (reserve some to garnish), then roast for 15 minutes to heat through and crisp up.

2. Dot the brie over the roasted vegetables, then return to the oven for 5-8 minutes until melted.

3. Drizzle with the cranberry sauce, scatter with the pine nuts and the remaining herbs, then serve with pesto, if you like.

Nigel’s Bread Sauce

One of the Scala team not mentioning anyone's name ( David May), had never had Bread Sauce, which was quite a shock for us all.. so as a special treat I bought my own homemade version into the studio for him to taste.

Prep time: 15 mins

Cooking time: 10 mins

Serves 4


120g of white bread (sliced or whole)

1 small onion 

2 cloves (optional)

pinch of ground nutmeg

3 black peppercorns

1 bay leaf

500ml whole milk

15g butter

3 tbsp double cream

salt & black pepper


Remove the crusts from the bread & cut the bread into small cubes. Peel & slice the onion, stud 2 of the pieces with a clove.Put the onion halves into a small pan with the milk, bay leaf & peppercorns.Bring slowly to the boil, then turn off the heat & leave for an hour for the flavours to infuse.Strain through a sieve & return the milk back into the pan (from the sieve reserve the onion & discard the rest). Warm the milk over a low heat & add the cubed bread & continuously stir until it thickens (about 2mins).  Season with salt, pepper & nutmeg to taste. At this point, you can put it in the fridge or freeze it, having added the onion back in for more flavour.Before serving, heat the sauce in a pan with the butter, double cream & nutmeg, stirring well over a low heat until warmed through (make sure it doesn’t catch).  Remove onion before serving.

Festive Tip

For variations stir in a tbsp of creamed horseradish, or a tsp of mustard, when adding the butter & double cream towards the end.

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