Festive flavours

Forget the turkey – this is all about the trimmings

You've got your tried-and-tested Christmas dinner down to a fine art, but what do you do when you find yourself in the glorious predicament of having lots of tasty leftovers? Before resorting to turkey curry, make sure you enjoy the best of your cold cuts with Donald Russell's ultimate sandwich recipe.

And on Christmas Day itself? You can never have too many trimmings to accompany your turkey – try Riverford Organics' deliciously indulgent stir-fried sprouts recipe for a side dish that's a little different.

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The best turkey sandwich...ever!

Sliced turkey


  • Thin-sliced brown bread
  • Left-over Christmas turkey – slices of white meat, plus some scraps of brown meat
  • Left-over gravy or pan drippings
  • Left-over cooked stuffing or sausage meat, thinly sliced
  • Smoked streaky bacon
  • Piccalilli or cranberry sauce
  • Mayonnaise
  • Avocado, sliced
  • Pinch of salt and black pepper
  • Fresh parsley (optional)


To celebrate the joys of your Christmas leftovers in full, this has to be a club sandwich, so you will need three slices of bread per round.

Before you start, pop your scraps of brown turkey meat into the gravy or dripping and heat gently in the microwave, or over a pan of hot water.

Dip one slice of bread in the gravy and allow it to soak up the juices for a moment or two, removing it before gets too soggy.

On your remaining slices of bread, spread one thinly with mayonnaise, and the other with butter and piccalilli or cranberry sauce, depending on your preference.

Build up the sandwich as follows:

1. Bread with mayonnaise, facing up
2. Avocado
3. Bacon
4. Turkey – white meat
5. Slice of bread soaked in gravy
6. The scraps of brown meat
7. Slices of stuffing
8. Fresh parsley
9. Last slice of bread with piccalilli or cranberry sauce

Skewer the layers together with cocktail sticks, then carefully slice into quarters using a sharp knife.

Sit back and savour the flavours of Christmas one more time.

Member savings

Virgin Wines recommends a crisp Chardonnay to accompany your Christmas leftovers buffet. Try the refreshing 16 Little Black Pigs Chardonnay 2011, available in the Virgin Wines Discovery Club Luxury Mixed Welcome Case – AA members save 40%.

Stir-fried sprouts with cranberries and pecans

Serves 4

Stir-fried sprouts

Stir-fried sprouts


  • 50g dried cranberries
  • 75g pecans, toasted in a dry frying pan and roughly chopped
  • 500g Brussels sprouts
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • Knob of butter
  • Sea salt and ground black pepper


Put the cranberries in a bowl and pour over enough boiling water to just cover them. Soak for 10-15 minutes, then drain.

Cut the sprouts in half, lay each half flat on your chopping board and finely shred the leaves.

Heat the oil and butter in a frying pan, add the sprouts and fry for 3-4 minutes.

Add the cranberries and nuts, season, and toss together to serve.

Member savings

A light red wine matches this dish perfectly, balancing the fruitiness of the cranberries without overpowering the sprouts. Virgin Wines recommends the Domaine de la Pioch Cinsault Grenache 2011, available in the Discovery Club Luxury Mixed Welcome Case – AA members save 40%.

Place a regular order with Riverford Organics and receive a free Riverford Farm cookbook, worth £16.99.

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(24 October 2013)


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