Leftover turkey vol-au-vents recipe with ‘creamy filling’ and ‘chopped sprouts’

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Masterchef winner Saliha Mahmood Ahmed detailed her Christmas recipes for Express.co.uk readers, including this tasty and rather retro idea.

Sahila said: “Vol-au-vents are experiencing a culinary revival of sorts. And why not?

“You can never really go wrong with puff pastry.

“You can use this creamy filling to make a pastry topped pie if you can’t get hold of the ready-made vol-au-vent cases.

“Use any other leftovers like chopped sprouts, mushrooms or leftover herbs to give this recipe your own stamp.”

Leftover Turkey Vol-Au-Vents

Prep time 10 mins

Cook time 30 mins

Makes 6


  • 6 ready-made medium-sized vol-au-vent cases
  • 200g leftover shredded turkey meat
  • 75 to 100ml leftover gravy
  • 25g butter
  • 25g plain flour
  • 200ml whole milk
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • Handful finely chopped leftover herbs such as chives or parsley
  • 50g grated cheddar

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Preheat the oven to 180°C fan/200°C non fan/gas mark 6.

Cook the frozen vol-au-vents according to manufacturer’s instructions, then remove from the oven, place on a wire rack and keep aside to cool slightly.

Bring the milk to the boil in a small saucepan.

Melt the butter in another saucepan and add the flour, stirring continuously until a paste begins to form.

Add the milk gradually, stirring as you go until you get a smooth liquid.

As you cook on a medium heat for another 5-10 minutes the sauce will thicken: don’t stop stirring.

Once the sauce is cooked through add the turkey, leftover gravy and season with chilli flakes, oregano, fresh herbs and the cheese.

Remove the lids of the vol-au-vents gently with a teaspoon and add the creamy turkey mix.

Now you can either top the vol-au-vents with their pastry lid, or leave them open if you prefer.

If you have any more leftover cheese lurking around, top the vol-au-vents with a handful and melt in the grill until golden, taking care that the pastry does not burn.

If you don’t fancy vol-au-vents, how about the ultimate Christmas sandwich recipe? 

Masterchef winner Kenny Tutt said: “This sandwich highlights the joys of Christmas day leftovers.”

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