Posts Tagged ‘white wine’

Turkey Tetrazzini – Holiday Left Overs Part 1

December 7th, 2009 by Justin | Comments Off on Turkey Tetrazzini – Holiday Left Overs Part 1 | Filed in Italian, Meals

Turkey only comes once a year for me.  So, when it does come, it’s a big deal—a very big deal.   Scavenging pounds of left over turkey from various families is my own little holiday tradition.  After all the left over mash and stuffing has run out and turkey sandwiches have run their course, I still had a lot of turkey on my hands.  I poked around a bit to find a good recipe to make good use of my Thanksgiving leftovers.  I found Turkey Tetrazzini and added my own variations.  Everyone was very pleased and I hope you will be too.

Turkey Tetrazzini

Turkey Tetrazzini

Ingredients

  • 6 oz porcini or crimini (Italian brown) mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 leek, quartered and diced
  • 3 large carrots or 5 small carrots sliced
  • 3.5 oz sun dried tomatoes (1 package), diced
  • 2 cups cooked turkey, bit size
  • 1 pkg spaghetti, linguini, penne or ziti
  • 1 wedge Parmesan (9-10 oz.), shredded (oh yes, the whole damn thing)
  • Olive oil
  • 2 tbsp almonds, sliced (optional)

For the sauce:

  • 2.5 tbsp corn starch
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 tsp salt & pepper (each)
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup white wine

Preparation

Over medium-high heat, saute onions in olive oil until just tender.  Stir in sun dried tomatoes, onion, leeks, carrots, salt and pepper.  Drizzle with 1 tbsp. more oil to keep things loose. Reduce heat to low, stirring occasionally.

Preheat oven to 375.

Cook pasta as directed by the package, but stop at slightly less than al dente as it will continue to cook when baking.  Drain thoroughly

For the sauce, whisk together corn starch, milk, chicken broth, salt, pepper, and garlic in a sauce pan over high heat.  Bring to a boil, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat.  Gradually whisk in 1 cup shredded Parmesan until melted.

Incorporate turkey, vegetables, sauce and pasta in a large mixing bowl.  Transfer to a glass or metal baking pan.  Top with almonds (optional) more cheese (not optional!) and bake at 375 for 25 minutes.

Serves 6 to 8.

This is the first in a series on holiday left overs.  Up next is another use for glorious turkey: the turkey pot pie.

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Chicken ala Ackbar

July 1st, 2009 by Justin | Comments Off on Chicken ala Ackbar | Filed in Meals

So here’s a chicken dish that’s been turning out well with some consistency in both preparation and review.

Ingredients

  • 2 Chicken breasts, butterflied (or enough for 4 people)
  • 2 Tomatoes (cubed)
  • 2 Onions (cubed)
  • 2 cups (or 4 servings) jasmine rice (prepared as directed on package)
  • Fontina, shredded
  • Olive oil
  • Red vinegar
  • 2 lemons, or 5 tbsp. juice
  • Dry white wine (optional)
  • Green Tabasco (optional)
  • 1 tbsp Basil
  • Fresh ground pepper (buy a mill, dammit)
  • Garlic powder
  • Cilantro, whole or chopped (as a garnish)

Ready? Go!

Prepare the rice as directed on the package. The time here will depend on the type of rice and the method in which you prepare it. Lacking a rice cooker, I choose to cook on the stove top which, taking about 20 minutes, is a perfect time for this dish as the whole thing should take about that long. While the rice is cooking, begin cooking the vegetables and chicken as follows.

In a small frying pan, begin caramelizing the onions in 2 tbsp. olive oil and of red vinegar each over medium heat, breaking up the onions into smaller pieces while cooking.  Add basil and a pepper to taste.  Cover and cook for about 10 minutes, turning the onions occasionally so as not to burn. Reduce heat to low and add the tomatoes, stirring carefully to distribute the tomatoes without smashing them. Cover and let sit on a low heat until the rest of the dish is ready.

Meanwhile, in a separate pan large enough to hold all of the chicken without overlapping, again start with 2 tbsp. olive oil and red vinegar over medium heat. Once the red vinegar begins to bubble, add the chicken to the pan.  After about 5 minutes, add lemon juice, a dash of white wine (optional), garlic powder (enough to lightly coat the chicken), and a dash of Tabasco (optional).  Cover and reduce heat to low.

Allow the chicken to cook undisturbed for about 5 minutes, turn, and recover.  Since we will be cooking the chicken for about 15-20 minutes, be sure to use a low heat so as not to over-cook and dry the chicken out.   When the chicken is almost ready, uncover, raise the heat to hi, and turn the chicken again. Allow the chicken to cook briefly just long enough to slightly sear the presentation side (1 to 2 minutes).

A dish best served funky…

Serve the chicken, presentation side up on a bed of rice and top with the onions and tomatoes (don’t forget the juice!).  Garnish with shredded Fontina and whole or chopped cilantro.  For the Tabasco inclined, a little of the green stuff goes well with or without the cilantro.   Some corn tortillas would also be nice.

Serves 4.

The whole meal only takes about 25-30 minutes with preparation.   The Fontina, a softer and mild cheese, can, of course, be substituted with something else to your liking. I suggest that you keep it soft and mild.  However, if you want to go hard, try some Parmesan.  But if I catch you using that Kraft trash, I will break into your house and tear your wife in half!

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Sweet Hazelnut Reduction

April 19th, 2009 by Justin | Comments Off on Sweet Hazelnut Reduction | Filed in Sauces

Ingredients

  • 1 handful (10 to 15) hazelnuts, crushed and minced
  • 2 cups white wine
  • 3 tsp sage
  • 1 lemon

Begin reducing the white wine in a sauce pan over medium-high heat. Grind hazelnuts in mortar and pestle with 1/2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil until a semi-smooth paste is formed (you may need more olive oil depending on the amount and/or size of hazelnuts used).  If you are using fresh sage, grind that with the hazelnuts as well; otherwise, combine the hazelnuts, sage and the juice of half a lemon with the white wine once it begins to simmer.  Allow it to continue to simmer, stiring occasionally.  I let it sit while I cooked the chicken that it was going to be served on top of (5 to 10 minutes).

If you want your sauce a little thicker, as I did, you can reduce the heat to low and whisk in about 2 tbsp of flour.  Then pass the reduction through a mesh strainer to remove any unabsorbed globs of flower and to produce a smoother texture.  Also, you can add about 2 to 4 tbsp of salted butter for a creamier consistency.

White wines are sweet, and because of this the further you reduce them, the sweeter your sauce will be since the sugars will be left behind.  Keep this in mind when determining how long you want to let your sauce reduce.  I reduced it down to about 1 cup’s worth and was pleased with the results.  Enjoy!

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