Hello there, I just wanted to wish you all a very Merry Christmas. Our house move has proved quite time-challenging and I’m only really just getting ready to start cooking our traditional Polish Christmas Eve meal, called Wigilia. I’ll also be hosting on Christmas Day and Boxing Day – so it’s going to be a bit of a cooking marathon for me. As mentioned in my Waitrose Weekend interview last week, by Boxing Day it’ll be a case of keeping things super simple, so I’ll be serving up these quick and easy Polish-style Open Sandwiches with all the leftover turkey we have from Christmas Day and some pretty garnishes. I’ve also created a quick time-stop video with Michelle Becker at Pink Soul Pictures to show you just how simple and easy these sandwiches really are. Hope you enjoy them too.
I’m looking forward to creating lots more recipe videos in 2017. If you’re after some cocktail inspiration you can watch our second festive video here on You Tube too. And for dessert, why not have a go at baking my Lemon, Rose and Poppy Seed Cheesecake, find the recipe here.
Open Sandwiches with Turkey
Open sandwiches, which are common to both Scandinavian and Eastern European cuisine, are the perfect vehicles for turkey (or other meat) leftovers. Simply have good loaf of rye or sourdough to hand and plenty of garnishes, such as radishes, pickles, tomatoes, cress, dill, sliced boiled eggs and kabanos (a type of smoked Polish sausage).
- 1 loaf rye bread or sourdough
- 3 tbsp mayonnaise
- 1 tsp lemon zest
- A twist of black pepper
- 400g leftover shredded turkey or other cooked meat
- 4 small radishes, finely sliced
- 2 dill pickles, sliced and cut into small pieces
- 4 cherry tomatoes, quartered
- 2 eggs, boiled, peeled and quartered
- Sliced Kabanos, Polish smoked sausage
- Small punnet of cress
- A few sprigs of fresh dill
Firstly, make a quick flavoured mayonnaise. Put the mayonnaise in a small bowl. Add the lemon zest and a twist of black pepper and stir together. You can add a teaspoon of dill pickle juice to loosen it slightly, but this is optional.
Slice the bread and arrange on a platter. Butter each piece and spread a little mayonnaise on each slice.
Arrange the leftover turkey, or other meat, on each slice of bread.
Top with sliced radishes, pickles, tomatoes, boiled eggs and kabanos.
Finally, garnish with cress and lots of fresh dill.
That’s all for now, I’ll be back with another quick post between Christmas and New Year.
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If you still have time to make some homemade gifts, take a look at my 10 Festive Cakes and Bakes post too.