Sunday 27 December 2020

Recipe: Turkey (or Chicken) Bake with Mushrooms - Great for leftovers

Recipe: Turkey (or Chicken) Bake with Mushrooms


Turkey (or Chicken) Bake with Mushrooms
Great for leftovers

Greetings one and all, it's been a while hasn't it. I've been focusing on for the last few months. I hope you have missed me 😁. Blessings of the Christmas season and Happy Holidays - I hope you have had a pleasant one this year, even if circumstances made it less than ideal. I return with a recipe that is great for using up all that leftover turkey and it works well with chicken leftovers as well for the rest of the year.

Serves 2-3


  • 50g (heaped tbsp) butter
  • 50g (heaped tbsp) plain flour
  • 1 pint/570ml milk
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 6x24g packets salt n shake crisps or similar (unsalted potato chips)
  • 100-150g (1-1.25cups) grated cheddar cheese
  • tbsp oil for frying
  • 2-3 cloves garlic minced or equiv garlic puree
  • 150g (half a punnet) chestnut mushrooms
  • left over turkey 


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/360F.
  2. Shred the turkey.
  3. Slice the mushrooms into bite sized pieces.
  4. In a frying pan heat the oil. Add the garlic and then the mushrooms and cook until they have released all their water and are looking toasty, but not dried out.
  5. Mix the turkey and mushrooms and place in the base of an oven proof dish - should cover the bottom in a nice thick layer.
  6. Melt the butter in a med saucepan.
  7. Add the flour and stir to make a thick paste.
  8. Add the milk, little by little, stirring in at each stage until all the milk is combined with the flour and butter mixture in a smooth sauce.
  9. Add the rosemary and thyme (I grind mine together in a pestle and mortar first because I don't like the large bits of rosemary and it helps release the flavour even more) and salt and pepper.
  10. Cook for a couple of minutes until it begins the thicken.
  11. Test for taste and add more seasoning if needed.
  12. Pour the white sauce over the turkey and mushrooms and mix through gently. Don't be too vigorous or the sauce may go grey because of the mushrooms - still tasty, just not as pretty. πŸ˜‰
  13. Crush the crisps (potato chips) until they are small pieces, but not too far and place in a bowl.
  14. Mix the crisps and half the cheese and spread over the top of the turkey and sauce.
  15. Sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top of the crisps and put in the oven.
  16. Bake until cheese has melted and is starting to go golden - between 15-20 mins usually.
  17. Serve piping hot.

We had this today - still have turkey left, but it used up a good deal of it and was delicious. Just up the amounts to feed more people - I did double this today for five people and we have leftovers or the leftovers now πŸ˜‚