Turkey Pesto Meatballs

February 14th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6


For the Meatballs

1 pound ground turkey
2 cups fresh basil, chopped fine
½ cup pine nuts, chopped
8-9 cloves garlic, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved for sauce)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cracked pepper
1 teaspoon red chili flakes
1 egg

For the Sauce

Olive oil
2 tablespoons chopped garlic (reserved from meatballs)
2 (28-ounce) cans diced tomatoes
Salt and pepper


To assemble meatballs, use hands to squeeze together ground turkey, basil, pine nuts, garlic, salt, pepper, and chili flakes until mixed well. Add the egg, and gently bind together. Form into 1-inch balls.
Heat olive oil in a havy bottom skillet. Sauté garlic for a few minutes, and add meatballs, and cook until browned on all sides. Add the tomatoes, and let simmer, stirring gently every few minutes for approximately 30 minutes. Serve over cooked linguini.

Ger-Nis Cobb Salad With Creamy Herbal Ranch Dressing

August 8th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6


6 slices turkey bacon, cooked crispy and crumbled
1 cups turkey breast, cooked and cubed small
4 hard boiled eggs, chopped small
1 cup blue cheese crumbles
1 avocados, ripe but firm, cubed small
1 red peppers, chopped small
1 medium red onion, chopped small
1 cups cherry tomatoes, quartered
2 cups ice berg lettuce, chopped small
2 cups romaine lettuce, chopped small
Salt & pepper
¼ cup fresh chives, chopped superfine
Creamy Herbal Ranch Dressing (recipe follows)


The key to the perfect cobb is the uniform small chop. Your cuts must be constant to optimize flavors. Once all the items are chopped or crumbled etc to a consistent shape and size, combine the lettuces in a large bowl and mix well. Season with salt & pepper. Lay them in a shallow oblong serving dish, making sure it’s flat and even, perhaps with a slight mound at the center. Arrange the items one by one in a neat line across the dish, like stripes on a flag. Garnish with chopped chives. When ready to serve let each person grab their goods and drizzle the dressing on each salad.

Creamy Herbal Ranch Dressing
Makes approximately 1 cup


½ cup mayonnaise
½ cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons mustard (Dijon or regular)
1 teaspoon garlic salt
2 tablespoons grated red onion
1 tablespoon shallot, chopped fine
½ red onion, shredded
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper


In a medium mixing bowl whisk together mayonnaise, buttermilk, lemon juice, garlic salt and mustard. Mix well. Add onions and shallots and fresh herbs and whisk together well until smooth and creamy. Add salt and lemon juice to taste.

Spinach & Herb Meatloaf

May 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8


2 pounds extra lean ground turkey
2 cups fresh spinach, chopped fine
2 sprigs onions, chopped (including green parts)
1 cup fresh parsley leaves
2 tablespoons lemon thyme or regular thyme
1 tablespoon lemon zest
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons black pepper
¼ – ½ cup bread crumbs
2 eggs
1 tablespoon tabasco or hot sauce (Ger-Nis tabasco)

Ger-Nis Tabasco


2 red bell peppers, deseeded and chopped
3 jalapeño peppers, roasted, peeled and chopped
1 can chipotle chilies in adobo, chopped
3 cloves garlic, roasted
1 tablespoon salt
1 cup citrus champagne vinegar
½ cup water
Zest of 2 limes
Juice of 3 limes
1 teaspoon smoked salt


In a medium sauce pan, combine red bell peppers, jalapeño, chipotles, garlic, salt, vinegar and water. Bring to a boil, and let simmer for about 5-7 minutes. Allow to cool. Place in a bottle for dispensing.

Turkey Meatloaf and Whipped Celery Root “Potatoes”

March 31st, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

6 servings


3 eggs
1 ½ lb ground lean turkey
¼ cup whole wheat bread crumbs
½ yellow onion, chopped
2 ribs of celery, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 teaspoon celery salt
2 tablespoons fresh thyme, leaves chopped
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
3 tablespoons ketchup
1 celery root, peeled and chopped
4 cups of chicken or vegetable stock
¼ cup milk
1 teaspoon butter
Salt & pepper


Preheat oven at 375˚F. In a large mixing bowl beat the eggs and add ground turkey, breadcrumbs, onion, celery, garlic, celery salt, thyme and ½ of the fresh parsley. Mix with hands. Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray. Spoon in turkey mixture, slightly overfilling hole. Brush meatloaf’s with ketchup and bake for 25 minutes.

Bring stock to a boil and add diced celery root. Once fork tender, drain celery root and return to pot, add milk and butter, and then whip till creamy. Add in the rest of the chopped parsley and fold together with a spoon.

Serve ½ cup of celery root with 1 turkey meatloaf muffin.

Recipe courtesy of Robin Simpson

Pavo en Mole Verde

December 6th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6


½ pound tomatillos, husked
½ pound poblano chilies
¼ pound jalapeño chilies
1 bunch scallions, rinsed and roots removed
2 cups turkey stock
1 cup pumpkin seeds, toasted
1 bunch epazote
1 bunch culantro
¼ cup turkey fat
3 pounds turkey (dark meat)
½ pound nopales, spines removed and cut into pieces
¼ cup Guaje Seeds


Preheat oven to 450°F.
On a baking sheet, roast tomatillos, chilies, and scallions. Remove scallions and tomatillos once they are cooked enough, 15 minutes. Continue to roast the chilies until their skins are puffed and black, about 15 minutes more. Remove from the oven, and allow the chilies to cool and sweat for 10 minutes in a covered container. Once cool enough to handle, peel and remove the seeds of the chilies, and set aside.

Meanwhile, heat the turkey stock to a simmer in a sauce pan.

In a blender, grind the toasted pumpkin seeds, and then add the tomatillos and chilies. Add a small amount of hot stock to help liquefy the ingredients. Add the scallions, epazote, and culantro, and blend until smooth.

Heat the turkey fat in a braising pot over medium flame. Sauté the turkey meat, and cook until browned, about 7 minutes. Add the green purée and say remaining stock, and season with salt. Bring to a simmer, and cook until the meat is tender and ready to fall off of the bone. Add the nopales, and cook 5 more minutes. Adjust the seasoning with a little bit more salt. Garnish with Guaje seeds, and serve with tortillas.

©Recipe Property of Jacques Gautier, Palo Santo

Turkey Pot Pies with Cheddar Buttermilk Biscuit Tops

November 22nd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 8 Mini Pot Pies

A southern spin on the classic pot pie! Who doesn’t love biscuits and cheddar, with a mix of turkey pot pie!


Turkey Pies

1-2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 medium carrot, peeled and chopped
1 medium celery root, peeled and chopped
2 ribs of celery, chopped
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
¼ cup fresh thyme, chopped
¼ cup fresh rosemary, chopped
1 cup chicken broth
2 cups of turkey meat, precooked and shredded or cut into chunks
Cheddar biscuit dough (recipe follows)

Cheddar Buttermilk Biscuits

1½ cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold and cubed
¼ cup fresh chives, chopped fine
1 cup sharp cheddar, grated
1 cup buttermilk


Pre-heat oven to 375°F.

For the pies:
Heat the oil in a large sauté pan on medium high heat, cook onions until slightly cooked or translucent, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add carrots, celery root, and celery, and sauté another 3 to 4 minutes. Add fresh herbs, season with salt and pepper, and add chicken broth. Add turkey to the mixture, and turn heat to low and simmer, about 15 minutes or until the celery root is soft. Take off burner, and set aside. Until golden brown. Serve warm.

For the Biscuits:
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Add butter, and crumble mixture with your fingertips until mixture resembles coarse meal with some little lumps about the size of a pea. Add chives, cheddar, and buttermilk, and mix until a dough forms. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to a ½-inch cookie cutter.

To assemble the pies:
Lightly grease ramekins with butter. Fill up ramekins about ¾ full with turkey pie mixture. Place one biscuit on top of each pie in the ramekin.

Place all ramekins on a baking sheet and bake in the oven for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Meatballs with Pomegranate Sauce

October 11th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 30 mini meatballs


½ small onion, finely chopped
½ tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes
½ cup shelled pistachios, finely chopped
½ tablespoon cumin
2 tablespoons bread crumbs
1 tablespoon salt
½ cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped
½ lb ground lamb
¼ cup fresh tarragon, roughly chopped
½ lb ground turkey
½ tablespoon lemon juice
1 egg, lightly beaten
½ tablespoon black pepper
Pomegranate sauce, recipe below


Preheat oven to 450ËšFand line two baking sheets with parchment paper. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and form into small meatballs. Place meatballs on baking sheets and bake for 8 minutes or until meat is fully cooked. Serve immediately with pomegranate sauce.

Pomegranate Sauce


¾ cups pomegranate molasses
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup honey
½ teaspoon black pepper
1 cup Pinot Noir wine
½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes


In a small saucepot over medium heat, combine all ingredients and reduce by half. Sauce should be thick, but still pourable.

© Recipe courtesy of Rafael Hasid, Miriam Restaurant

Chipotle Cilantro Lime Turkey Sausages

October 5th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 6-9 sausages


2 pounds turkey breasts, boneless and skinless and cut into 1-inch chunks
½ can chipoltle in adobe sauce, chopped
1 tablespoon lime zest
2 tablespoons lime juice
¼ cup fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon jalapeno pepper, chopped
1 tablespoon salt
**casings of your choice


Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and refrigerate for about 2 hours.  Using the finest blade of the meat grinder, grind the mixture following grinder instructions.  If you are making or using the meat without the casing go right to that step.  If you are making links put the mixture back in the mixing bowl and place in the freezer for a little while.  In the mean time soak the casings in warm water and rinse a few times.  Get out your sausage stuffer and slip the casing onto the stuffing tube, making sure you leave about 6 inches off the end of the tube, this is the part that you will need to tie the sausages off.  Remove the meat form the freezer and stuff it into the stuffer, if all the meat does not fit (you must acquit, just kidding) leave what will not fit in a bowl in the refrigerator.  Turn the stuffer on and begin the process, air will be the first thing to emerge.  As the meat begins to slide out use one hand to maneuver the speed of the sausage output.  Let the sausage emerge into one long coil, the links will be tied later in the process.  When the sausage is done, turn off the machine and tie up the ends, you can use meat or butchers twine.  To make the links, pinch a section together, then spin the links and turn them opposite form each other several times, repeat this moving down the entire main link.  Make sure both ends are tied off.  Hang the links up so you can review for air bubbles, using a sterilized pin or sewing needle, pop each section that has an air bubble with the pin and the link should move flat and the air bubble should be resolved.  Hang the links for about an hour and then refrigerate them covered in the refrigerator overnight, use them or freeze them in about a week.

Turkey Apple & Herb Meatball & Kale Soup

December 20th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6



1 lb ground turkey
½ cup fresh rosemary, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved for soup)
½ cup fresh thyme, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved for soup)
4 tablespoons garlic, chopped (2 tablespoons reserved for soup)
½ cup grated parmesan
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cracked pepper
½ cup Fuji apples, chopped fine
½ cup Kashi Whole Grain Nuggets or Grape Nuts (substitute with breadcrumbs)
2 eggs



Olive oil
2 tablespoons garlic (reserved from above)
1 medium red onion
Rosemary and thyme (reserved from above)
1 cup Fuji apples, chopped medium
1 large bunch kale (dinosaur variety, also known as Italian dark leaf), chopped
4 cups chicken stock
Salt and pepper to taste


To assemble the meatballs, combine all ingredients except the eggs. Mix well using fingers to make sure all ingredients are well combined. Form into 1 inch balls.

Heat olive oil in a large soup pan on medium high heat. Sauté garlic and red onion until translucent, just a few minutes. Add rosemary, thyme and apples. Sauté a few more minutes. Add the chicken stock and kale and gently drop in meatballs. Bring to a boil. Turn burner to low and simmer for another half hour. Season with salt and pepper.

Garnish with a little parmesan cheese.

Southwest Turkey Burger with Cilantro Avocado

November 5th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink


1 lb chicken breasts cut into cubes
zest of 1 lime
juice of 2 limes
¼ cup red onion chopped fine
¼ cup red peppers chopped fine
¼ cup cilantro chopped fine
1 jalapeño chopped fine
1 T cumin powder


Grind all ingredients in the food processor using the pulse button until the meat is coarsely ground. Form patties, place on wax paper and freeze for about six minutes on each side or until par frozen. Grill on high heat on a very clean grill, flipping only once per side. Cook for about four minutes per side for a well done burger and three minutes per side for medium burgers. Serve with butter leaf lettuce for a delicious fresh BBQ burger! Serve with pepper jack cheese and avocado slices.

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