Jamie’s Turkey Chowder – Christmas isn’t over just yet!

If like me, you’re sad at the thought of the obligatory January health-kick, diet and detox nonsense then look no further, Christmas can live on… This is something I saw Jamie Oliver make recently and haven’t been able to find the recipe anywhere but after an hour or so of trawling through the thousands of Jamie programmes on 4oD, I found it. Leftover Turkey Chowder.Image

I wouldn’t really recommend using the same turkey from Christmas day anymore (otherwise you will have your very own type of diet for January) but why not use any of the meats you might have left over from a Sunday roast and devour on a cold, drizzly evening.

You will need –
4 rashers of smoked bacon diced into smallish pieces
About 500g of left turkey
A bowl full of left over vegetables – carrots, squash, roasties, parsnips etc
3 sliced onions
3 cloves of garlic
1 chopped red pepper
A couple of short strands of thyme (about 10 leaves)
3 teaspoons of cayenne pepper to warm things up a bit
1 teaspoon of smoked paprika
400g sweetcorn
A big splash of gravy
About 1 litre of chicken stock
100ml cream
A handful of cheddar cheese for topping and some warm bread for dipping

Using a heavy bottomed pan, ideally a casserole pan, heat up a couple of tablespoons of oil. When the oil is warmed add the bacon and let it brown and crisp a little before adding the thyme to the pan. Follow this with the onions and garlic and the chopped red pepper.
As the onion and pepper begin to soften up add the cayenne pepper and paprika. The spices will not only add warmth to the chowder but for the time being will create a jam consistency with the onions and pepper. (This is great on bread with cheese.) Season with a generous amount of salt and pepper.
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Roughly chop the various leftover vegetables and roasties and add to the pan. Follow the vegetables with the leftover turkey and some gravy if you have it. Give this a stir and add the stock to the pan. Everything should be near enough covered with the liquids so now simmer for about 10-15 minutes. After that, briefly take the pan off the heat and use a hand blender to blitz up all of the ingredients. Make the chowder as smooth as you like.
Put the pan back on the heat and add sweetcorn (either straight from the cob or, cough, out the tin, cough). Pour in the cream leaving a little to one side for fancy decoration at the end. Simmer for a further 4-5 minutes.
In keeping with the spirit of Christmas feastings, grate up some cheddar cheese for toppings and prepare some door-stop bread or crackers for dippings. If you want, save some of the crisped bacon from the beginning and top the chowder with that too.
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9 thoughts on “Jamie’s Turkey Chowder – Christmas isn’t over just yet!

  1. thanks – will give it a go. I couldn ‘t find the recipe anywhere either. Also going to try the chocolate pudding recipe (with popcorn etc) – have to do it from memory and hope for the best! (Can’t view the Channel 4 videos in Oz!)

  2. Made this last night and the 3 teaspoons of cayenne pepper is a mistake. 1 is fine. I followed the recipe and put in 3 teaspoons and it is just too damn hot to enjoy. Great recipe otherwise.

  3. Thank you so much for posting this!! I made a note of it last year and am only now searching for the recipe. Had a lot of trouble finding the correct one until this! Thank you 🙂

  4. So excited to find this blog post – my husband and I saw this episode on tv recently and couldn’t wait to try out the soup! It turned out super delicious, but do you really add 3 tsp of cayenne?? I did that for my first batch, and it was almost too hot to eat. Is the cayenne in North America spicier? XD

  5. Thank you for posting this. I have just come across it after several hours trawling the internet for Jamies recipe! I saw it on the food channel last weekend and made a note to look it up but just havent been able to find any reference to it again since and the next showing of the programme isnt until Sunday by which time it will be too late for me! There are no foodtube videos available either its quite surprising and annoying. Once again im so pleased you took the time to post this thank you and merry Christmas! 🙂

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