#Taste Sustainable Christmas | Crispy Turkey Ball recipe

“In this series I present the Sustainable Christmas recipes from the Canadian chefs of the Fairmont Hotels across Canada”

Crispy Turkey Ball with Bread-Based Pasta and Mushroom Sauce

250g Leftover pretzel and bread 
50g Parmesan 
20g Flour 
1 Egg 
Lemon zest (¼ of a lemon) 
½g Nutmeg 


200g Leftover pulled turkey 40g Leftover bread crumb 15g Flour 
1 Egg 
5g Thyme 
5g Salt 
2g Black pepper 


200g Turkey jus (stock) 
70g Slice mushroom, sautéed 
Salt and pepper for seasoning 
Parisienne carrot 
To taste Fresh thyme 

1 Mix all of the pasta ingredients together to make a dough and leave to rest. 

2 Roll out the pasta and ut into long julienne pieces ready to cook. When ready, boil in salted water for about 5-7 minutes. 

3 For the turkey ball, mix the pulled turkey meat with half of the breadcrumbs, flour and egg to make ball shape dumpling and pané with the other half of the breadcrumbs, flour and egg. Chill in fridge for 10–15 minutes before deep-frying. 

4 For the sauce, heat the pan and sauté the mushrooms before adding the turkey jus and cooking for a few minutes. Add the pasta, thyme and boiled carrots to the pan before seasoning with salt and pepper. 

5 As all ingredients are precooked, once the turkey ball is golden in colour and crispy, it can be served. Ensure food is piping hot throughout. 

6 To serve, place the pasta and sauce on the plate and top with the turkey ball. 

Soner Kesgin

Executive Chef – Fairmont Quasar Istanbul, Turkey 

“The wonderful thing about leftovers is that they can easily be transformed into another delicious meal by using ingredients that you usually keep in your kitchen cupboard. Something as simple as adding a little flour, egg and breadcrumbs to your turkey can create a crispy turkey ball that creates the perfect focus for an entirely different meal.”

“Fairmont understands that sustainable travel is not about giving something up; it is about gaining something more – a great vacation that also helps to make the world a better place.” 

Costas Christ, Global Sustainability Strategist, Virtuoso Travel Network and Senior Advisor for Sustainable Tourism, National Geographic Travel 

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Recipes, information and images provided by Sydney Torgov, Chimera Collective.

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