5 Ways to Transform Turkey Leftovers

Try these delectable new recipes that make the most of the rest of the bird. We've also suggested pairings from LCBO's holiday offerings to make the meal a little extra special.

Italian "Club" Sandwiches with Homemade Bomba Sauce and Wolf Blass Yellow Label Duo

Most everyone knows a traditional turkey dinner works very well with both red and white wine. We often advocate serving both and letting your guests choose between them. This duo of Wolf Blass Chardonnay and Shiraz helps you conduct the experiment. Both are rich, tangy, characterful wines with lots of fruit and oaky spice, the white showing stone fruit and melon aromas, the red full of plums and black pepper. For us, the bomba sauce on the sandwich gives Shiraz the advantage — but you be the judge.

 

Turkey Stock Risotto with Brickworks Ciderhouse Holiday Mix Pack

One lovely turkey risotto, four refreshing ciders from Toronto’s own Brickworks Ciderhouse Holiday Mix Pack. Batch 1904 — a dry cider made from Ida Red and McIntosh apples — is Brickworks’s flagship cider and its crisp, subtle, fresh apple flavour perfectly complements the taste of turkey, cauliflower, saffron and Parmesan. But try the other ciders in this Holiday Mix Pack too — medium-dry Parkside Cherry and Stadium Island Peach or semi-sweet Queen Street 501, all of them named for Toronto landmarks. They all bring something different to the table. Let the experiments begin!

 

Cassoulet with Cesari Amarone Mara Olive Oil Gift Set

Cesari pairs a bottle of Amarone with its popular Mara Valpolicella Ripasso and a half-litre of excellent Italian olive oil into this gift set, then packs them up in a handsome wooden box. The Amarone is a ripe beauty full of black fruit and prune flavours, its richness cut by a lively acidity that will also help it marry well with the cassoulet. Mara is essentially a younger sibling to the Amarone, still nicely concentrated, but not quite as rich. It has what it takes to live up to the opulent textures of pork and turkey in this hearty dish. And why not use the olive oil when you cook the cassoulet!

 

Moroccan Turkey Flatbread with 6 Exclusive Belgian Ales Gift Pack

Such an intricately flavoured, spicy and slightly sweet recipe is the perfect foil for the six extraordinary beers in this gift pack, the finest ales from Belgium’s Van Steenberge brewery. Each beer deserves a page of description but suffice it to say that with the Bornem Dubbel, Bornem Tripel, Piraat Tripel Hop, light and spicy Piraat, Gulden Draak and the massive Gulden Draak 9000 Quadrupel, will keep any beer lover happily lost in contemplation for as long as the flatbread lasts.

 

Spanish Tortilla & Smoky Tomato Chutney with Martini & Rossi Rosé Sparkling Gift Box

People turn to sparkling wine when matching eggy dishes because the bubbles cut through the richness of a runny yolk. That isn’t the issue with this firmly set omelette, but Martini & Rossi Rosé brings more than fizz to the festivities. Off-dry and robust, its almost-spicy hit of red fruits and hint of dried fig harmonizes with the turkey and smoky tomato flavour.