Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Turkey is for life - not just for Christmas

Hands up if you only eat Turkey at Christmas? Yup me too. Apart from the occasional recipe which specifically calls for it, December is pretty much the only month in which it features. I was recently contacted by British Turkey to take part in a Blogger Recipe Competition and devise a tasty year round dish using turkey. They gave me a £15 budget and it went surprisingly far.
For a grand total of £14.97 I got two packs of mince, two packs of breast stir fry and a pack of diced thigh. Each 500g in weight. Great value for five potential meals. I had actually spotted a turkey recipe on a fellow bloggers #mealplanningmonday post and had bookmarked it to make so popped it on my own mealplan whilst I pondered my own creation.
The Bacon and Sweet Potato Turkey Burgers were simple to make and very tasty. I used my trusty Lakeland burger maker to give them the perfect shape. The chopped bacon through them combined with cinnamon really lifted the flavour of what can be a bland meat. Would definitely give these a go again. 
And now to my own creation. I opted to utilise mince again and spice it up in a quick and easy curry dish. I'm a big spinach fan so had to get that in too.
TURKEY KEEMA CURRY
500g British Turkey Mince
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 onion finely chopped
3 cloves of garlic crushed
1 Tsp ground cumin
1 Tsp ground coriander
3 Tbsp Curry Paste (I used Pataks Tandoori)
3 Tbsp tomato puree
1 red pepper diced
tin of coconut milk
240g baby spinach
Heat oil in a deep frying pan and saute the onion and garlic until lightly browned.
Mix in the ground cumin, coriander and curry paste and cook off for 1 minute.
Add the turkey mince and cook until browned.
Stir in the red pepper, tomato puree and coconut milk.
Bring up to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes.
Add the spinach and continue cooking for 5 minutes or until wilted.
Serve with rice and/or Naan bread.
Check out the British Turkey website for further recipe ideas, nutritional information and cooking tips. Plenty of inspiration there for the three remaining packs of turkey in my freezer. When I was purchasing my turkey products for this challenge I noticed that there were also Turkey Drumsticks available. Only time I have ever come across these was at the fast food stands in Disney World. Might not be going to Florida this year but I'm sure going to attempt to create a Turkey Leg Cart in my own kitchen.

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