Sunday, October 26, 2008

Turkey with Herbes de Provence and Citrus

I've used this turkey recipe (thanks Food Network) for the last few Thanksgiving dinners that I've cooked for, and it always turns out moist. It looks daunting becuase of the number of ingredients, but it is so easy to do.

1 (14 to 15-pound) turkey, neck and giblets reserved
1 orange, cut into wedges
1 lemon, cut into wedges
1 onion, cut into wedges
6 fresh rosemary sprigs
6 fresh sage sprigs
6 fresh oregano sprigs
7 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons herbes de Provence
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
6 cups canned low-salt chicken broth (approximate amount)
1/3 cup all-purpose flour

To make the turkey: Position the rack in the lowest third of the oven and preheat to 400 degrees F.

Rinse the turkey and pat it dry with paper towels. Place the turkey on a rack set inside a large roasting pan. Place the orange and lemon wedges, onion, and 2 sprigs of each fresh herb in the main turkey cavity. Tie the legs together to hold the shape of the turkey. Stir 2 tablespoons of butter, the herbes de Provence, oil, and 1 1/2 teaspoons of each the salt and pepper in a small saucepan over medium heat just until the butter melts. Rub the butter mixture all over the turkey and between the turkey breast meat and skin. Place the turkey neck and giblets in roasting pan. (Recipe can be prepared up to this point 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Let stand at room temperature 30 minutes before roasting.)

Cover the turkey breast with foil. Roast for 20 minutes. Pour 3 cups of broth into the pan and stir to scrape up any brown bits on the bottom of the pan. Add the remaining sprigs of fresh herbs to the pan. Roast the turkey for 40 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F. Remove the foil from the turkey; pour 1 more cup of broth into the pan. Continue roasting the turkey until a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh registers 165 degrees F to 175 degrees F or until the juices run clear when the thickest part of the thigh is pierced with a skewer, basting occasionally with pan juices, about 1 hour and 30 minutes longer. Transfer the turkey to a platter and tent with foil. Let stand 30 minutes while preparing the gravy.

To make the gravy: Strain the turkey pan juices from the roasting pan through a sieve and into a 4-cup glass measuring cup; discard the solids. Spoon off the fat from atop the pan juices. Add enough chicken broth, about 1 to 2 cups, to the pan juices to measure 4 cups total. Melt the remaining butter in a heavy large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the flour and whisk for 1 minute. Gradually whisk in the broth. Simmer until the gravy thickens slightly, whisking often, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Serve the turkey with the gravy.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Tuscan Meatballs

1 pkg Frozen chopped spinach (i use half)
1 pound ground turkey (beef works too)
1 egg
1 cup Seasoned bread crumbs
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
2 handfuls shredded mozzarella cheese
1 tsp garlic salt
1 to 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
12 ounces Spaghetti
1 packet dry pesto mix

Heat Oven to 350 degrees. Squeeze water out of Spinach. Mix spinach, turkey, egg. bread crumbs, Parmesan, mozzarella, garlic salt in a bowl. Shape mixture into meatballs.
Heat oil in large frying pan over med-high heat. Brown meatballs, about 2-3 min each side. Once browned transfer to cookie sheet and put in oven for about 20 minutes.
Once meatballs are baking cook spaghetti and prepare pesto sauce.
Add cooked spaghetti back to pan that meatballs were cooked in. Add pesto sauce to pasta.

Seriously, I think about these meatballs for days after. They are so good.