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Recipe: Crispy Turkey Ball with Bread-Based Pasta and Mushroom Sauce from Fairmont Quasar Istanbul

Soner Kesgin, Executive Chef – Fairmont Quasar Istanbul

“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.”

Crispy Turkey Ball with Bread-Based Pasta and Mushroom Sauce

Bread Based Pasta


250g Leftover pretzel and bread

50g Parmesan

20g Flour

1 Egg

Lemon zest (¼ of a lemon)

½g Nutmeg

Fried Turkey Ball

200g Leftover pulled turkey

40g Leftover bread crumb

15g Flour

1 Egg

5g Thyme

5g Salt

2g Black pepper

Mushroom Sauce


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 cut 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.


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