Turkey Casserole

Sure BORING!

I know what you are thinking but this recipe is slightly different. I leave the feathers on….

Just kidding!

2 lbs fresh boneless turkey*, breast or thigh (not ground)  cut into 1″ pieces

4 cups Butternut or Buttercup Squash, peeled and diced  into 1/2″ pieces

1 medium red onion, peeled and diced

1/2 lbs cranberries

1 Seasonal Beer** (I used Sam Adams Octoberfest)

2 cups water

3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons flour

4 tbls butter

1/2 cup grape seed or canola oil

3/4 cup panko

4 ounces grated gruyere

Salt & Pepper to taste

Turn on oven 350˚conventional Bake or 325˚Convection

Butter a 9″x13″ casserole and add squash and cranberries.

Heat a large saute pan over a medium heat. Season and flour the turkey using the 3/4 cup of flour.

Add about 2 tbls oil to pan then add a tablespoon of butter. Place in turkey in batches and saute for two minutes on each side. Add additional oil as needed. Add sauteed turkey to casserole.

Keep pan on stove top and caramelize the red onion and add it to the casserole.

Add 2 tablespoons of butter to pan, just when it melts, add the two tablespoons of flour to make a slurry style roux. Before this caramelizes with the rest of the fond in the pan, deglaze with beer. Whip with a whisk to keep it from getting lumpy and slowly add the water to thin the consistency. Pour over ingredients in the casserole.

Top with panko and place in the center of oven. After 45 minutes top with cheese and allow it to melt on top. Check with a meat thermometer to reach at least 165˚ internal temp before you remove from oven. Let it cool for 10 minutes before serving. Remember that if you use the Convection Mode in your oven, it will reduce your cooking time and intensify the heat so wait 35 minutes before you add the panko.

*If you want to use left over cooked turkey be my guest. Just reduce the cooking time in the oven.

**This is a key ingredient since I don’t use any spices in this recipe, so choose a beer that has a flavor that works with Turkey and that wont dominate in flavor

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Caramelized Apples with Cheddar

The picture doesn’t do it justice. It is not a golden yellow as this. Photos from my phone.

This is a great appetizer recipe*

If you have a 12″ skillet use the following:

3 medium-sized Granny Smith Apples, peel-core-slice thin

2 tbsp butter

1/2 cup of cheddar cheese

1 baguette thin slice rounds

Method:

Heat your broiler in your oven.

On the stove top, heat skillet over a medium heat for 30 seconds then cover the bottom of pan with apple slices.

Spot the butter across the apples and cook for 6 minutes.

Place pan under broiler and lightly brown the tops of the apples, top with cheddar and slide back under the broiler to melt.

Remove and serve with baguette slices have guests help themselves.

* alternatives, add shallots or red onion along with brown sugar before you place apples in the pan then a splash of calvados


Fire the dishwasher!

Has this ever happened to You?

Sometimes things get out of hand. Perhaps your dishwasher doesn’t like you, refuses to work and is on strike.

What else can you do but rip it out of your kitchen, load it into the Civic and drop it off at the retail store where you bought it? ( I vaguely remember a situation with a Gateway computer that ended like this)

Perhaps you should check into what you are buying before you have it delivered and installed.

Look up the installation requirements first. Check out everything in the install area before purchase, such as the cut out and the hook ups. If the proper requirements are not in place it can lead to problems.

If the floor isn’t level (which is the case in many older homes) or the unit isn’t installed properly, efficient water flow and mechanics of a machine may not live up to their potential.

Another problem could be that your purchase did not match your expectations. If you see nice features on a piece at your friend’s house or at the local showroom kitchen, make certain that you compare apples to apples when you decide what it best for you.

Your time spent dealing with the aftermath is time & money wasted. Plan ahead or reach out to me.

This way you don’t end up with dish pan hands and an unexplained hole in the kitchen.