Stir-Fried Turkey with Green Beans

About This Recipe

This recipe appears in: This Week in Recipes A Guide to Leftover Thanksgiving Recipes


  • 1 pound turkey leftovers
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1 cup of mashed potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 4 medium-size cloves garlic, cut into thin slivers
  • 3 lengthwise slices fresh ginger (1 1/2 inches long, 1 inch wid, and 1/8 inch thick) cut into matchstick strips
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse kosher or sea salt
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen green beans
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro


  1. 1

    Toss the turkey with curry powder a medium-size bowl.

  2. 2

    Drain the potato and pat it dry with paper towels.

  3. 3

    Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic, ginger, and potato, and stir-fry until the vegetables are light brown around the edges, 5 to 8 minutes.

  4. 4

    Add the turkey and stir fry for a couple minutes.

  5. 5

    Pour in 1 cup water, sprinkle with the slat, and scrape the bottom of the skillet to deglaze it. Stir in the green beans and heat the curry to a boil. then lower the heat to medium, cover, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the potato is fork tender, 15 to 20 minutes.

  6. 6

    Combine the cornstarch with 2 tablespoons water in a small bowl, and stir well. Stir this mixture into the curry. You will see the starchy magic at work as it thickens the sauce almost instantaneously.

  7. 7

    Sprinkle the cilantro over the curry, and serve.

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