Thanksgiving Leftovers Curry


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Did you cook too much turkey today? Did someone bring an unexpected side dish? Fear not: You can easily turn them all into a fabulous Black Friday supper using this recipe from Carmen Quagliata, the Verona resident who is the executive chef at Union Square Cafe in Manhattan.

Thanksgiving Leftovers Curry

Serves 4

2 ounces vegetable oil

1 onion, sliced

1 small carrot, sliced

3 thick slices ginger

2 cloves garlic, sliced

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoon good red curry paste or make your own

1 can unsweetened coconut milk

1 ½ cups gravy

½ cup water, if the gravy is quite thick

4 cups thanksgiving vegetables

3 cups turkey meat chunks

Pinch of chili if needed

1 cup cilantro leaves

Juice from 1 lime

In a large, high-sided sauté pan heat the oil over high heat. Add onion, carrot, ginger, garlic and salt, sauté over high heat for 3-4 minutes. Add the curry paste and cook for 1 minute. Add coconut milk, gravy and water. Bring to a boil and add the leftover Thanksgiving vegetables. Bring back to a boil and add the turkey, stir in the turkey gently once, bring back to a simmer and remove from the heat. Taste for seasoning, add chili if necessary. Garnish with cilantro leaves and a squeeze of fresh lime juice. Serve with Jasmine rice.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected].


  1. I made this this year and I think it’s going to become a family tradition! My husband and I loved it. It’s great a day or so after thanksgiving when you’ve had enough of turkey sandwiches. The flavors blend together perfectly into a sweet and savory curry. I added an entire jar of red curry paste instead if 2 teaspoons. I also added some pickled jalipenos and a parsnip. I included the stuffing and a touch of cranberry sauce as well. Thanks for the great recipe!


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