Blog Flog: Turkey Dinner Dutch Baby

Turkey dinner Dutch baby

Turkey has dominated my social media feeds this week, reminding me that (yay!) I had leftovers from our big feasts squirrelled away in the depths of the freezer. (I always roast a larger bird than we actually need, so there’s plenty.) Roasted turkey is infinitely useful – beyond the requisite sandwiches, for which I make an extra batch of Parker House rolls or Julia Child’s sandwich bread, it can be used in curries and casseroles, cheesy baked dishes and croquettes. (And of course soup, with all that stock.) Any meat that has been roasted on the bone tends to have more flavour, and having it pre-cooked is like having your own homemade convenience food, all ready to go. So when the Turkey Farmers of Canada asked me to come up with a few new ideas this season, and I was happy to oblige.

Dutch baby – a dramatically puffed, eggy pancake – essentially a one-pan Yorkshire pudding – is one of my favourite things. It’s great for breakfast, of course, but I also love it for saucy savoury dishes, and it makes the perfect vehicle for turkey dinner leftovers: load it up with roasted turkey, veggies, even cranberry sauce, and douse it all with gravy. Ta da!

Turkey dinner Dutch baby

The pancake itself is not at all tricky to make – the key is to get your pan really hot, which is easy to do as the oven preheats, and then pour a simple whisked-together batter of milk, egg and flour into it and return it to the oven. In 15 minutes, the intense heat of the pan and the oven will make it rise into a crunchy cloud-bowl that’s ridiculously satisfying (and always different!) and makes dinner seem far more fancy and elaborate than the work that actually went into making it.

PS: While we’re at it, a Dutch baby is also the ideal vehicle for a saucy butter turkey – you can pull it apart and use it to scoop up all that sauce, much like you would with chewy naan. And far easier to make!

Turkey dinner Dutch baby
Turkey dinner Dutch baby

Turkey Dinner Dutch Baby


November 29, 2019


Dutch Baby:

1 Tbsp canola oil

1 Tbsp butter

2-3 large eggs

1/2-3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/2-3/4 cup milk

roasted turkey





1Preheat the oven to 450°F; put the oil and butter into a cast iron skillet and put it in the oven while it heats.

2Meanwhile, whisk together the eggs, flour, and milk (use 2 eggs, 1/2 cup each milk and flour for about a 6 inch skillet, 3 eggs and 3/4 cup each milk and flour for a larger 9 inch skillet). Pour the batter into the hot skillet and slide it back into the oven. Bake for 15 minutes, or until the pancake is puffed and golden.

3Fill with warmed turkey, stuffing, peas and gravy. Serves 2-4, depending on pan size and quantity of leftovers.


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One comment

  1. Naomi Pulliam
    November 29, 2019 at 10:57 am

    OH my gosh that looks good…can you make this lower carb?

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