Recipe: Day After Thanksgiving Turkey and Vegetable Soup

Turkey Soup, Courtesy: www.foodnetwork.com
Turkey Soup, Courtesy: http://www.foodnetwork.com

In a recipe for Spicy Turkey Thighs, I mentioned that the Old Bay Seasoning adds a kick of flavor.  Again, we turn to Old Bay to season our dish – this time it’s turkey soup. With its world-famous blend of 18 herbs and spices, it’s a great way to easily add depth of flavor. 

Ingredients:
2 quarts vegetable stock
1 turkey carcass
1 (10-ounce) box frozen mixed vegetables  (or your leftover veggies)
1/2 cup rice
2 cups cooked turkey, cubed
1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
2 teaspoons dried thyme
Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Combine the vegetable stock and the turkey carcass in a large soup pot over low heat and bring to a simmer.
  2. Cover and simmer for 1 hour.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients to the stock.
  4. Cover and simmer for an additional 20 minutes.
  5. Remove the bones before serving.

Food Mingle Blog Alternatives and Substitutions:

  • oldbay75thlimitededitioncanimageIf you aren’t a fan of Old Bay seasoning, then make your own special mix. Be sure to include thyme and a bay leaf among your choices.

Yield: 6 servings

Source: http://www.foodnetwork.com, courtesy: Alton Brown, Show: Good Eats, Episode: The Remains of the Bird

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Recipe: BBQ Turkey Sliders

BBQ Turkey Slider, Courtesy: www.foodnetwork.com
BBQ Turkey Slider, Courtesy: http://www.foodnetwork.com

A healthier alternative to beef sliders are turkey sliders. Try this BBQ version to add some tang to your turkey.

Ingredients:
2 pounds ground turkey
Water
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
1 large Vidalia onion, chopped
1/2 cup BBQ sauce
16 potato rolls, split in 1/2

Directions:

  1. Add the turkey to a large bowl along with 1/4 cup water.
  2. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and mix to combine.
  3. Mold the turkey into 16 even-size slider patties.
  4. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large griddle pan over medium heat.
  5. Add the patties and cook for 4 to 5 minutes per side. Be sure to not move them until they are ready to flip when brown on the first side.
  6. Heat remaining 2 tablespoons of oil in a large sauté pan.
  7. Add the onions and caramelize over medium heat, adding water as needed, to deglaze the pan.
  8. Add the BBQ sauce to the onions when they are mostly caramelized and cook for another 3 to 4 minutes.
  9. Top each potato roll bottom with a turkey patty and spoon some of the BBQ caramelized onions over the top.
  10. Cover with the roll tops and enjoy!

Food Mingle Blog Alternatives and Substitutions:

  • The ground turkey mixture should be sticky, but not watery. Use the water sparingly, only adding more if needed.  Instead of most of the water, I have used one whole egg as a binding agent and to add texture and moisture (and then add only a bit of water if still needed).
  • Use your favorite flavor of BBQ sauce.

Yield: 16 sliders

Source: http://www.foodnetwork.com, Courtesy: Claire Robinson, 2010

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Recipe: Spicy Turkey Thighs

Spicy Turkey Thighs, Courtesy: www.marthastewart.com
Spicy Turkey Thighs, Courtesy: http://www.marthastewart.com

It’s the Old Bay Seasoning that adds a kick to these spicy turkey thighs. Although it is known as the Definitive Seafood Spice, with its world-famous blend of 18 herbs and spices, it is just a good on beef, pork, chicken and turkey.

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Ingredients:
3 Tbsp. unsalted butter, room temperature
5 tsp. Old Bay Seasoning
1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
2 bone-in, skin-on turkey thighs (about 2 pounds total)
Coarse salt and ground pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

  2. In a small bowl, beat together butter, Old Bay, and lemon juice.

  3. Rinse turkey thighs and pat dry with paper towels.

  4. Gently slip your fingers between skin and meat to loosen skin.

  5. Evenly spread butter mixture under skin of each thigh.

  6. Season thighs with salt and pepper.

  7. Place turkey thighs in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish and roast until skin is crispy and brown and juices run clear when meat is pierced with a knife (an instant-read thermometer should read 165 when inserted in thickest part of a thigh, avoiding bone), 35 to 40 minutes.

  8. Let rest 10 minutes before slicing.

Food Mingle Blog Alternatives and Substitutions:

  • You may substitute chicken thighs for the turkey thighs – be sure to reduce the cooking time to 25 to 30 minutes.

Yield: 4 servings

Source: http://www.marthastewart.com

Recipe: Soft Turkey Tacos

Soft Turkey Tacos, Courtesy: www.bettycrocker.com
Soft Turkey Tacos, Courtesy: http://www.bettycrocker.com

 

Forget the drive thru – make your own tacos at home; they taste better and cost less.

Ingredients:
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
1 small red or green bell pepper, diced (1/2 cup)
1/2 cup frozen whole kernel corn (from 1-lb bag)
1/2 lb ground turkey breast
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2 cup salsa
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
8 flour tortillas (8 to 10 inch), warmed
Sour cream, if desired

Directions:

  1. In 10-inch nonstick skillet, heat broth to boiling over high heat.
  2. Cook onion, bell pepper and corn in broth 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are crisp-tender.
  3. Reduce heat to medium-high.
  4. Stir in turkey and garlic.
  5. Cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Stir in salsa.
  7. Cook about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until turkey is no longer pink.
  8. Stir in cilantro.
  9. Spoon slightly less than 1/2 cup turkey mixture down center of each tortilla; roll up tortilla.
  10. Serve with sour cream.

Food Mingle Blog Alternatives and Substitutions:

  • Warm the tortillas in a 250 degree F oven for 15 minutes, wrapped in foil

Yield: 4 servings

Source: http://www.bettycrocker.com

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Recipe: Turkey-Pesto Meatballs

Turkey Pesto Meatballs, Courtesy: www.bettycrocker.com
Turkey Pesto Meatballs, Courtesy: http://www.bettycrocker.com

Meatballs are such a versatile food.  They can be served as a side dish, the main course or even as an appetizer.  You can roll them to any size you like and the flavor options are endless. This recipe uses basil pesto to give the turkey meatballs a tangy flavor.  Try them for your next party as an appetizer on a toothpick.

Ingredients:
2 lbs. ground turkey breast
1 1/2 cups plain bread crumbs
1/2 cup basil pesto
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
2 eggs whites

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 375°F.
  2. Line cookie sheet with sides or 15×10-inch pan with foil; spray foil with cooking spray.
  3. In large bowl, mix all ingredients until well combined.
  4. Shape mixture into balls; place on cookie sheet.
  5. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until thermometer inserted in center of meatballs reads 165°F.

Food Mingle Blog Alternatives and Substitutions:

  • These meatballs were tasty, but next time I will use the entire egg (including yolk), rather than just the egg whites. The addition of the yolk will add some moisture, as well as improve the texture.

Yield: 36 meatballs

Source: http://www.bettycrocker.com

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