Turkey lasagne with bacon, broccoli and leeks…

Got leftover turkey? Christmas is fast approaching and there is always the question of what to make with the leftover turkey.  Pies and curries are always a good option but I have been trying to devise something a little bit different and came up with the idea of using festive flavours in a lasagne and I promise you it works well!

The recipe below can be made using cooked or uncooked turkey and you could even substitute the lardons for leftover ham…  The lasagne combines the flavours of a good pie with a creamy white sauce and a delicious cheese topping.    There is no need to follow the recipe absolutely when making this lasagne. If you have other leftover vegetables that you think would work well in it – for example carrots or sweet potatoes – just throw them in and use any leftover gravy in place of the stock cube and water.

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Turkey lasagne with bacon, broccoli and leeks

Ingredients: (Serves 6)

  • 8-10 lasagne sheets

For the meat filling:

  • 300g of turkey breast, cooked or uncooked (cut into slices – if using uncooked turkey, then lightly dust the meat with some seasoned flour)
  • 100g lardons
  • 2 mushrooms (cut into chunks)
  • ¾ heads of broccoli (cut into chunks)
  • 2 small leeks (sliced)
  • ½ tsp thyme
  • 1 chicken stock cube
  • 100ml water
  • seasoning
  • oil (for cooking with)

For the white sauce:

  • 1pt milk
  • 30g butter
  • 1 handful of plain flour
  • A pinch of all spice
  • ¼ tsp thyme
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped leeks
  • pepper (for seasoning)

For the topping:

  • 25g hard cheese (e.g. Emmental, Cheddar and/or Red Leicester)

Steps:DSC_0676

Step 1 – prepare the meat filling

  • If you using uncooked turkey, fry it off in a little oil with the lardons and thyme on a medium heat.
  • Add the leeks and mushrooms (if you are using cooked turkey then add it now) – cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • DSC_0677Crumble over the stock cube and season then, add the water then cover and allow to cook for a further 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the broccoli pieces, remove from the heat and set to one side whilst you make the white sauce.

Step 2 – prepare the cheese sauce

  • Make a roux by melting the butter in a saucepan.
  • DSC_0679Add the flour and make a thick paste.
  • Slowly add the milk a little at a time, stirring/whisking continuously to avoid lumps.
  • Add the allspice, thyme, leeks and season with pepper.  Continue stirring/whisking until the sauce has thickened.

Step 3 – make up your lasagne

  • Soak the lasagne sheets in warm water for a minute or so.DSC_0681
  • Take a large oven proof dish and make up the lasagne in the following order:

  1. Meat sauce
  2. Lasagne sheets
  3. Meat sauce
  4. Lasagne sheets
  5. Cheese sauce
  6. Topping – scatter over the cheese

Step 4 – cook

  • Place in oven and bake at 180C fan for 25-30 minutes.
  • Serve. 

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2 thoughts on “Turkey lasagne with bacon, broccoli and leeks…

  1. Tom Huston

    Trust all is going well with you in the wilds of Southern France!..

    As a quick side note, whenever I have leftover fowl (Turkey or roast chicken).. I make a quick and easy left over meal for the kids.

    First whip up a nice batch of crepes.. 10 or 12 of em

    Make a white sauce (Béchamel) with whatever extra seasonings you desire.. I also put in come grated hard cheese into the sauce.

    Cut into small pieces the left over fowl. Add some diced onions.

    Wrap dead bird pieces/onions in the crepes, adding some sauce prior to wrapping the crepe (it keeps the meat moist)

    Arrange in a baking dish.. cover the crepes with the rest on the sauce.. it should cover all the crepes completely. Don’t skimp at this stage

    Put on some bread crumbs on top if desires.

    Stick in the oven (350 degrees F, I have no earthly idea what number that is on a French oven) and cook for ½ hour..

    Place on plate and eat away..

    We just had a traditional “Thanksgiving Day” turkey meal at the end of November, so I got lots of practice in making the above J

    Hello to your parents..

    Tom

    Reply
    1. Back on track in the kitchen Post author

      Tom that sounds delicious – it has been a while since I have had a savoury crepe so I am going to be giving this a go! Hope all’s well with you! My parents say hi and that they are looking forward to seeing you next year!
      A

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