Argentinean/Swedish turkey meatballs

I love tart and tangy flavours and when I was first introduced to chimmichurri as a sauce for steak, I fell in love. It (stupidly) took me a while to realise that the sauce was not exclusively a dressing for steak but went well with many grilled meats. Later I realised you could put it on virtually anything. And so, when I don’t want Swedish meatballs with cream sauce and lingonberry jam, I make this mush mash of turkey meatballs with mash – a leaner, zinger, but just as tasty meal for lunch or dinner.

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Turkey curry unknowingly inspired by Bridget Jones

it’s not the most beautiful thing in the world, but it’s a damn tasty way to use Christmas leftovers. I thought that my wife was be brilliantly creative when she suggested that we use the leftover turkey to make a curry. It was only afterwards that I realised she got the idea from Bridget Jones diary – the pot luck turkey curry where she sees darcy (?) – I think that’s right. Anyway, I have to give my thanks as it’s a great, if not very original idea and it will definitely form part of the traditions going forward in our family.

Christmas leftover turkey medium curry (2 – 4 portions)

Ingredients – curry paste

  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 4 tomatoes
  • 1 yellow pepper
  • 3 green chillies (1 1/2 deseeded to take out kick)
  • Handful coriander
  • 4-5cm worth fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp crushes coriander seed
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 3 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin

Ingredients – full meal

  • 400ml coconut milk
  • 100g broccoli cut into strips
  • Leftover turkey
  • 2 eschallion shallots diced


  1. roast yellow pepper, 2 chillies and tomatoes at 180 C for about 30 mins.
  2. Blend the roasted veg and all other curry paste ingredients into a paste in the blender.
  3. Fry shallots and broccoli until tender.
  4. Add turkey and fry together.
  5. Add curry paste and stir for a couple of minutes.
  6. Add coconut milk and simmer for 5-15 mins.
  7. Serve with rice of your choice.