November 25, 2012

Turkey Paksiw - Excellent Leftover Recipe Solution Filipino Style!

Now that Thanksgiving is over, you are probably left with enough Turkey meat to last a week! And those Turkey Sandwiches? I know, they can grow old quick!  

Here's a simple recipe solution that might just do the trick.

A simple recipe that also works great with leftover Turkey and tastes as yummy!

And if you love rice, you're in luck! This is served with hot rice.

Paksiw is a famous Filipino recipe that I grew up loving and commonly utilized to "recycle" leftover meat usually from Lechon (roast pig), into a delectably flavorful dish. This is widely used around holidays where Lechon is usually in abundance. This is also sometimes used for leftover roast chicken.


5 lbs of leftover Turkey meat
1 1/2 cup water
2 tbsp cornstarch liquefied in 2 tbsp cold water (thickener)*
1 tbsp olive oil
6 cloves garlic, crushed
2 large onions, chopped
1 teaspoon whole peppercorn
8 pieces dried bay leaves
1/2 cup soy sauce
3/4 cups vinegar
3/4 cups sugar
salt to taste

Cooking Procedure:

  1. Heat a cooking pot and pour olive oil. When hot, add in garlic and onion and sautee' until brown.
  2. Mix in Turkey meat and briefly stir it in to coat the meat with the spices.
  3. Pour water in with the whole peppercorns, dried bay leaves, and soy sauce.
  4. Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.
  5. Add the vinegar and bring to a boil. 
  6. Add the sugar and liquefied cornstarch then simmer for another 5 minutes occasionally stirring.
  7. Dash-in some salt to taste then stir.
  8. Turn off the heat and serve hot with rice! 
* You can replace cornstarch with gravy for a bolder flavor.


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  1. I love paksiw! We use it to recycle lechon all of the time. I never thought of making paksiw turkey! I love any dish that has vinegar and meat! Thanks for the idea!

    1. I do too! I've done this quite a few times using leftover Turkey in the past and love it. I did it again this time and had it for dinner tonight. All I can say is YUM!

  2. Did this last year and it was awesome. My husband is Filipino.

  3. Did this last yearyum my husband is Filipino

    1. That's wonderful Gail! Are you from Charlotte NC?


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