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Turkey Sloppy Joes Tasty Slaw with Gherkins and Chilli, Homemade BBQ Sauce

Love your leftovers with this cracking Jamie Oliver recipe for Turkey Sloppy Joes. Buns are packed with succulent pulled meat, crunchy veg and plenty of gravy for a moist, lip-smacking burger. The perfect way to enjoy your Christmas leftovers.

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The sloppy Joe is so much more than a sandwich or a burger, and giving it the Christmas treatment means we’re taking that bun filled with delicious pulled meat and crunchy exciting veg, served with gravy for dunking, to the next level.

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200g leftover cooked higher-welfare turkey meat
200ml leftover higher-welfare turkey gravy
1 carrot
1 apple
1/2 red onion
2 sprigs of fresh mint
2 gherkins
1 fresh red chilli
4 seeded wholemeal buns
BBQ Sauce:
2 tbsp tomato ketchup
1 tbsp HP sauce
1 tsp English mustard
1/2 tsp chipotle Tabasco sauce
1 splash of Worcestershire sauce


Shred and pull apart your leftover turkey meat and place in a small pan with a splash of water and 4 tablespoons of gravy. Pop a lid on and place on the lowest heat for 10 minutes to warm through. Warm the rest of the gravy in a separate pan, ready to use it for dunking later.

Meanwhile, peel and finely shred the carrot, matchstick the apple, peel and finely slice the red onion, and pick and slice the mint leaves. Place it all in a bowl with 1 tablespoon of pickling liquid from your gherkin jar. Finely slice the gherkins, using a crinkle-cut knife if you’ve got one, and the chilli, add to the bowl, mix well, lightly season and put aside. Mix all the BBQ sauce ingredients together.

Split and toast your buns, then spread the BBQ sauce inside them, top and bottom. Pile your pulled turkey on the bun bases, drizzle with a little gravy and top with some of that tasty slaw. Pop the bun lids on, and you’re away. Serve the rest of the gravy on the side for a naughty dunk, along with any leftover slaw.

Double up: This is a great recipe for parties, as it’s quick, and it’s easy to double or even quadruple the quantities – let your guests build their own buns.

Calories 638kcal | Fat 29.4g | Sat Fat 6.8g | Protein 39.7g | Carbs 52.7g | Sugars 12.6g | Salt 2.1g | Fibre 14.1g

Jamie Oliver’s Christmas Cookbook by Jamie Oliver is published by Penguin Random House ⓒ Jamie Oliver Enterprises Limited (2016 Jamie Oliver’s Christmas Cookbook). Photographer: David Loftus


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From the book: Jamie Oliver’s Christmas Cookbook

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