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    It's All Turkey !

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    It's All Turkey !

    Post by Jan1 on Fri Sep 07 2018, 21:48

    Turkey is not just for Christmas or Thanksgiving, it really can be enjoyed at other times of the year too!

    Turkey is one of those tasty meats that is positively good for you. It has essential nutrients that are good for the whole family. It contains:

    Protein, which nourishes every cell of your body. Protein helps build muscles and bones, so is essential for childhood development. But you may not be aware that it’s also needed to stop muscle wasting, so is crucial as you get older too.

    B Vitamins, which help to unlock the energy from foods. Turkey breast is a source of vitamin B6, which helps keep your red blood cells healthy and reduce tiredness and fatigue.

    Selenium, which helps keep your hair and nails healthy, it is also needed to keep your immunity topped up, and is also vital as a protection against damage to your cells and tissues.

    Phosphorus, is needed for normal growth and development of bones, it also helps to release the energy from food.

    Read more about Turkey here
    http://www.britishturkey.co.uk/health-and-lifestyle/turkey-whats-so-good-about-it.html

    Recipe ideas to follow ..

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    Post by Jan1 on Sat Sep 08 2018, 11:22

    Turkey Blanquette with broccoli florets, carrot batons and peas


    Ingredients
    Serves Four
    1 large turkey breast, diced into cubes
    150g diced bacon
    2 garlic cloves, minced
    2 sprigs of tarragon finely chopped
    2tbsp parsley, chopped
    3 shallots peeled
    300ml white wine
    cold water
    25g butter
    2tbsp plain flour
    2 egg yolks
    3tbsp cream
    juice of 1/2 lemon
    250g of broccoli florets, carrot batons and peas, lightly poached in water
    sea salt
    freshly ground black pepper

    Method
    Lightly brown the turkey breast and bacon in a pan over a moderate heat for 3 minutes. Add the garlic and shallots and sauté for 2 minutes. Add the chopped herbs. Add the wine then pour in enough cold water to just cover all the ingredients. Bring the mixture to a boil. Season to taste, reduce to a simmer and cook over a low heat, covered, for 30 minutes.

    When the turkey is almost done, in another saucepan melt the butter in, then scatter the flour over the top. Stir to form a smooth roux then gradually add 400ml of the turkey cooking liquid, stirring constantly.

    Once the sauce has a creamy texture, pour the sauce back over the turkey. Adjust the seasoning to taste and cook for 15 minutes more with the lid off stirring regularly. Cook turkey thoroughly with no pink showing.

    Mix together the egg yolks, cream and lemon juice in a bowl. Beat in a little of the hot sauce from the turkey and then add the complete mixture back to the pan, whisking constantly. Heat gently for 2 minutes and allow to thicken, do not allow to boil, turn into a serving dish mix in the cooked vegetables, garnish with the chopped parsley and serve.

    Each Serving:
    Carbohydrate 15g Protein 21.1g Fibre 4g Fat 11.8g
    From an original Tesco Real Food recipe
    https://realfood.tesco.com/

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    Re: It's All Turkey !

    Post by chris c on Mon Sep 10 2018, 22:56

    Thanks for the reminder, I haven't had turkey for a while. Usually I get smoked turkey from the farm shop (and smoked ham too for when I get bored). There's a Bernard Maffews factory not far away but no-one I know eats their products, or works there. Some of the farms have Norfolk Blacks, proper turkeys running around outdoors, much like my aunt used to keep, but they're a bit big now I'm on my own.
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    Re: It's All Turkey !

    Post by Jan1 on Wed Sep 12 2018, 20:00

    I don't know why people do not seem to eat too much Turkey, other than at Christmas or Thanksgiving - but it is often a reasonably priced meat and there are a variety of recipes around the net etc.

    Take this dish from Dale Pinnock, it's reminiscent of both lasagne and moussaka. He says, it scratches that ‘comfort food’ itch, yet keeps the starchy carbs low … in fact the nutritional details per serving are:
    Carbs 25g Fat 21g Protein 50g

    Spiced Turkey Bake - it's a little bit Moroccan !


    Ingredients:
    Serves 2/3
    2 large courgettes, about 700g
    1 tbsp. olive oil
    1 large red onion, finely chopped
    3 garlic cloves, crushed
    250g turkey (thigh) mince
    2 tsp ground cinnamon
    1 tsp ground cumin
    1⁄2-1 tbsp. harissa, depending on taste
    200ml passata
    a handful of chopped coriander or parsley, plus more to serve
    For the topping:
    250g natural yogurt
    1 large egg
    1 tbsp. grated Parmesan

    Recipe instructions:
    1. Heat the oven to 200°C, fan 180°C, gas 6. Cut the courgettes into strips, about 5mm thick maximum. You can use a mandoline or a knife to do this.
    2. Lay the courgette slices onto a foil-lined baking tray, brush both sides with 1⁄2 tablespoon olive oil, season, and then roast for 15-20 minutes. They need to be soft and golden at the edges, but not mushy.
    3. Fry the onion and garlic in another 1⁄2 tablespoon of olive oil, along with a pinch of sea salt, until the onion has softened, about 5 minutes. Add the turkey mince and continue to cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring constantly until the turkey has browned.
    4. Add the spices and harissa and cook for 1 minute, stirring, until fragrant, then add the passata and season. Simmer for 5-10 minutes, stirring frequently, until you get a thick sauce. Stir in the herbs.
    5. Place a layer of the turkey sauce into the bottom of a medium-sized ovenproof baking dish (about 20 x 25cm), top with a layer of courgette slices, another layer of turkey, and repeat until all the turkey sauce and courgette have been used up.
    6. Combine the yogurt, egg and Parmesan, some salt and pepper, and whisk. Pour over the top of the dish.
    7. Bake for 20-25 minutes. The topping needs to have firmed and be a golden brown, similar to béchamel. Scatter with more herbs to serve.

    From an original recipe here
    https://www.sainsburysmagazine.co.uk/recipes/mains/moroccan-spiced-turkey-bake

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    Re: It's All Turkey !

    Post by chris c on Fri Sep 14 2018, 23:12

    Like pheasant it has a strong flavour and doesn't go well with the usual spices I use with chicken. There wasn't any smoked turkey, just cooked and sliced but I bought some anyway and had a huge slice with another thickly buttered oatcake for breakfast.

    Thinking about it I might have some more shortly as the rump steak is wearing off a bit. You can never be too careful.

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