Food experts explain the specialty of turkey and share ideas on what to make with it.
Turkey meat, especially prepared without skin, is considered a food, low-calorie, easily digestible meat, which is very rich in valuable proteins. With the rise of healthy eating trends, its demand is steadily growing as people look for nutritious alternatives to a breakfast sandwich, lunch box or snack.
“Demand for fresh turkey increased significantly during the year, which is purchased by about 40 percent. More. The most popular products are fresh minced turkey, breast cuts and cut pieces of turkey fillet – something that is easily used in the everyday kitchen”, says Ernesta Dapkiné, director of communication and image of the Maxima shopping chain.
What is the specialty of turkey and how to prepare it?
According to Brigita Baratinskaitė, head of Maxima’s food production department, quality turkey meat contains more protein than chicken and less fat than red meat, so it is a good choice for those who want to reduce their fat intake. “Due to these properties, nutritionists recommend turkey for young children, pregnant and lactating women, and the elderly,” explains B. Baratinskaitė.
Turkey can be baked, pan-roasted or oven-roasted, made into stews and soups, eaten with vegetables or in savory sandwiches. It is important to remember that low-fat meat tends to dry out if it is fried or boiled for too long.
“When we roast a whole bird for the holidays, so that the meat remains juicy and tender, the most important thing is to calculate the cooking time based on the weight of the turkey. Each kilogram of the bird requires about 40 minutes of cooking in the oven.
If we are frying a breast steak in a pan, we should see when the meat turns pale and the pink juice no longer oozes from it – this means that the turkey is cooked and it should be removed from the heat so that the meat becomes. Does not dry. Before baking a turkey breast or a whole bird in the oven, you can rub the meat with butter mixed with garlic, rosemary, parsley or other fresh herbs,” experts share their advice.
B. Baratinskaitė suggests combining steamed vegetables with turkey dishes. These can be parsnips, broccoli, carrots or cauliflower. A fresh vegetable salad with olive oil and freshly squeezed lemon juice is also ideal.
If you’re at a loss for ideas on what to make with turkey, which is attracting more and more attention from Lithuanians, food experts share three recipes.
Turkey Stew with Lime
You will need:
- 500 grams turkey fillet,
- Juice of 2 lemons,
- A medium sized zucchini,
- A handful of champignons,
- 100 grams of sour cream or sour cream,
- One and a half cups of vegetable broth,
- olive oil,
- A handful of parsley,
- Salt and ground black pepper.
Cut the turkey into thin strips, slice the zucchini and mushrooms and squeeze the lemon juice. Fry turkey strips in oil in a pan, remove and sprinkle with spices.
In the same pan, fry onions, zucchini, mushrooms and sprinkle with spices. We boil the broth together with lemon juice, add meat, vegetables and stew for 15 minutes. Then add sour cream, add parsley and mix everything well.
This stew can be eaten with rice. Delicious!
Braised Turkey Meatballs
You will need:
- 500 grams of minced turkey,
- 1 cup ground bread crumbs,
- grated carrots,
- chopped onions,
- 2 eggs,
- A quarter glass of milk,
- 3 cloves of garlic,
- Half a teaspoon of salt and a pinch of ground black pepper.
For the sauce you will need:
- half a glass of cream,
- Half a glass of vegetable or chicken broth,
- 50 grams spinach,
- 2 tablespoons of flour,
- 1 tsp tomato sauce,
- 1 teaspoon mustard,
- 3 tablespoons of butter,
- Salt and ground black pepper to taste.
Mix the ground turkey, egg, onion, grated carrot and spices in a bowl. Add enough breadcrumbs to make balls easily with wet hands. Heat olive oil in a pan and fry the turkey meatballs for about 5 minutes.
In another pan, melt the butter and, stirring with a spatula, fry the flour for about 30 seconds or until it is mixed with the butter. Then pour in the cream, stock, when it’s warm, add spinach, mustard, tomato sauce and salt and pepper to your taste. Reduce the heat, add the prepared turkey meatballs and simmer for about 15 minutes. Serve with your favorite dish!
Crispy Turkey Patties
You will need:
- 450 g ground turkey,
- 12 tortillas,
- cans of canned tomatoes,
- sweet chili powder,
- garlic powder,
- salt, ground black pepper,
- ground cumin,
- 1 tablespoon of butter,
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil,
- salad mix,
- 250 grams of tomatoes,
- Sour cream or your favorite sauce.
Immerse the tomatoes in hot water for a minute, take them out and pour cold water, then peel and mash. Cut the onion into thin straws. Heat the butter and oil in a frying pan over medium heat, add the onion and cook until soft. Add the minced meat, add the spices and stir-fry until the mincemeat is nicely browned. Add the crushed tomatoes, mix and simmer on low heat for about 10-15 minutes, until the tomato juice has almost evaporated.
Warm the tortillas in a clean pan or in the microwave. Place some ground turkey, lettuce, tomatoes on top of each tortilla and season with your favorite sauce or sour cream. Delicious!