Recipe: Turkey, Cranberry & Stilton Christmas Brunch Muffins

Turkey, stilton & cranberry Christmas brunch muffin

Christmas is fast approaching, and with it the vexing question of what to do with the leftovers?  These muffins are perfect for a lazy brunch a few days after Christmas and will happily use up the last slithers of turkey, dregs of cranberry sauce, crumbles of Stilton and an optional handful of sweetcorn.  You could also add the last chunks of your Christmas ham.

Serve warm and enjoy with a large pot of coffee whilst reading the paper, or arguing about which of the many repeats to watch on telly later in the day.

Turkey, stilton & cranberry Christmas brunch muffins

Recipe: Turkey, Stilton & Cranberry Christmas Brunch Muffins

Makes 6

“Dry” Ingredients
170g / 6oz plain flour
1tsp baking powder
50g / 2oz left over turkey – chopped
1 tbs sweetcorn (optional)
pinch salt

“Wet” Ingredients

125g / 4½oz milk (soy or dairy)
42g / 1½oz  sunflower or vegetable oil
1 tbs cranberry sauce

50g / 2oz crumbled Stilton (using the rind is fine)


Preheat the oven to GM5/190C/375F.  Line a muffin pan with paper cases, or prepare a silicone mould.

Pour the dry ingredients into a bowl and mix well.  Pour the wet ingredients into a jug and gently whisk.  Add the wet ingredients to the dry and fold together (the batter should be lumpy and mixing should take no more than 15 folds).  Dollop the mixture into your usual muffin pan.  Put a  spoon of Stilton onto each muffin and prod it so it partially sinks into the batter.   Bake at GM5/190C/375F  for 25 mins until risen and the cheese is golden.

Turn out and eat when still warm.

Turkey, stilton & cranberry Christmas brunch muffins plated

Sending these Xmas Dinner leftover muffins to Caroline & Ros’s Alphabakes this month where the letter is X.

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  1. Great idea! In Italy I will use parmisan as cheese!

  2. Great idea but with Parmisan in Italy! Ciao, Marica

  3. On paper a turkey muffin sounds rather odd but I really like the sound of these – savoury muffins are always my favourites and I’m wondering why I’ve never featured any on my site now.

  4. Wow – I didn’t know you could use the rind from Stilton in cooking! Will definitely try these.

  5. I love having muffins for breakfast. I often bake a batch and grab one as I am running out the food. These are a fantastic entry for the No Waste Food Challenge as they use several festive leftovers that tend to linger in the fridge. Thank you for joining in Helen. x

  6. excellent idea… much better than the classick leftover sandwich. I’d love to try these warm with a side of cranberry sauce!

  7. Now I wish I were planning a Super Bowl party — this would be a great treat!

  8. I’ve made savoury muffins before with ham and cheese but it never occurred to me to try turkey – what a good idea! Thanks for entering Alphabakes.


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  2. […] And if you fancy some more Christmassy bake ideas, try these mince pie gupcakes, this chocolate, clementine and walnut panettone, these gingerbread cheesecake muffins, this spiced stollen tray bake this spiced apple cake, this panettone french toast, these Xmas crumble muffins or even try a savoury twist with these turkey, cranberry & stilton Christmas brunch muffins. […]

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