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One Pot Leftover Turkey Pilaf with Pine Nuts

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Looking for something to do with your leftover Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey? Make this quick and healthy one pot turkey pilaf!

It’s officially time for Christmas things! If you’re in the US then I know you’ve got Thanksgiving sitting right there in the run up to Christmas which, to be honest, I’m kind of jealous of because I love any excuse to eat loads of food and celebrate with family and friends.

Here in the UK it’s now straight running until Christmas and I’m so excited to celebrate and then indulge in some amazing leftovers!

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How was everyone’s weekend? We had a super chilled one which was much needed after we were in Dublin last week. Friday night we went for a quick drink locally and then came home and had a massive takeaway.

Yesterday my sister and her family came over for lunch, we cooked a whole salmon which turned out delicious and means that we have so much salmon leftover to use this week. I’m excited!

Today I’ve been catching up on work and recipe planning and trying not to get overwhelmed with all the work I want to get done before Christmas!

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Now this pilaf is my third turkey leftovers post. I’ve also shared a leftover turkey soup and a leftover turkey curry too and this turkey pilaf is another fresh, easy and healthy way to use up those leftovers!

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all in for highly overindulging over the festive period, but sometimes it is pretty nice to make something that’s going to make you feel a little healthier with those leftovers.

The other amazing thing about this recipe is that it’s all made in one pot! One pot recipes are such a lifesaver, especially when you’ve been cooking and washing dishes for the whole festive season.

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Platter of leftover turkey pilaf on a patterned cloth and a white wooden background

Pilaf is one of my favourite ways to use up leftover ingredients. It’s one of those perfect ‘chuck everything in’ recipes and it uses some of my favourite flavours including aleppo pepper, saffron and cumin.

Ingredients you need to make this leftover turkey pilaf

  • Olive Oil
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Cinnamon Stick
  • Pine Nuts
  • Cumin
  • Aleppo Pepper
  • Rice
  • Water
  • Cooked Turkey
  • Saffron Threads
  • Carrots
  • Coriander (Cilantro)
  • Greek Yoghurt

Keep scrolling to get the full recipe for this leftover turkey pilaf…

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Leftover turkey pilaf in a blue bowl on a white wooden background

What rice is best for pilaf?

I normally use basmati rice when I make pilaf. It retains a really nice texture and has a delicious flavour which I love with all those spices.

How to make one pot leftover turkey pilaf?

  1. Cook the onion in the oil over a low heat for five minutes. Add the garlic, pine nuts and plenty of salt and pepper and cook for another five minutes then add the cinnamon, cumin and aleppo pepper.
  2. Add the rice to the pot and stir to coat. Add the water and saffron and bring to a boil. Cook for 5 minutes then add the carrots and leftover turkey and cook for another 10 minutes until the rice is tender.

Get the full printable recipe below…

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Can I use another leftover meat in this pilaf?

Definitely! I’ve made this pilaf with pretty much any leftover meat I’ve got on hand. It works especially well with chicken or lamb.

What to serve with this turkey pilaf

I love love love this turkey pilaf served with plenty of greek yoghurt which works amazingly with all those delicious spices. I also make sure to sprinkle with plenty of fresh coriander (cilantro) and a little extra aleppo pepper.

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Leftover turkey pilaf in a blue bowl on a white wooden background

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Leftover turkey pilaf in a blue bowl on a white wooden background

One Pot Leftover Turkey Pilaf with Pine Nuts

Looking for something to do with your leftover Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey? Make this quick and healthy one pot turkey pilaf!
5 from 6 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 520kcal
Author: Amy

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Onion chopped
  • 2 cloves Garlic finely chopped
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 30 g Pine Nuts
  • 1 tbsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Aleppo Pepper
  • 300 g Rice
  • 750 ml Water
  • 400-500 g Cooked Turkey cut into chunks
  • A pinch of Saffron Threads steeped in 50ml of warm water
  • 2 Carrots peeled and chopped
  • Fresh Coriander/Cilantro to serve
  • Greek Yoghurt to serve

Instructions

  • Place the oil and onion in a large saucepan then place over a low heat and allow the onions to slowly sweat for 5 minutes. Then add the garlic and pine nuts plus a good sprinkling of salt and pepper. After another 5 minutes add the cinnamon, cumin and aleppo pepper. Cook until fragrant.
  • Tip in the uncooked rice and stir to combine with all the spices. Raise the heat to medium then add the water and saffron. Bring to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes, adding the carrots and turkey 10 minutes before the end of cooking. Serve with coriander (cilantro), yoghurt and an extra sprinkling of aleppo pepper.
Nutrition Facts
One Pot Leftover Turkey Pilaf with Pine Nuts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 520 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 23%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 50mg 17%
Sodium 974mg 41%
Potassium 802mg 23%
Total Carbohydrates 71g 24%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 4g
Protein 23g 46%
Vitamin A 105.3%
Vitamin C 5.2%
Calcium 7.8%
Iron 14.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Notes

Nutrition information is an estimate and will vary depending on the exact ingredients used.
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5 Comments

  • Reply
    Carmy
    05/11/2018 at 12:34 AM

    This looks delicious! What a great way to use up leftover turkey. There’s always so much leftover after a holiday!

  • Reply
    Kelli Kerkman
    05/11/2018 at 1:36 AM

    This looks great! Tucking this away for the day after T-giving!

  • Reply
    Marisa Moore
    05/11/2018 at 1:48 AM

    Pinning! This is a great pilaf recipe – not just for after Thanksgiving – I’ll also use it for chicken or chickpeas!

  • Reply
    Jill
    05/11/2018 at 2:24 AM

    What a great combination of ingredients. Loving all the flavors in this pilaf!

  • Reply
    Sues
    05/11/2018 at 4:47 AM

    I love one pot meals and this looks like an awesome way to enjoy the leftover turkey that will be in so many of our lives soon… I can’t wait!!

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