Here in the UK you normally associate turkey with Christmas, but did you know that it is one of the healthiest meats to eat? Packed with protein and low in fat means that it is great for a healthy diet, not to mention yummy to eat!
Turkey is not just available as a crown or a whole bird for Christmas. It is great to eat all year round and many other cuts and joints are available also – from mince, diced turkey, breast steak, drumsticks, sausages, stir fry strips, burgers and many more.
Last week I was invited to an event with British Turkey to get to know more about turkey and to try to encourage people to eat more turkey all year round. I got to chat to Paul Kelly of Kelly’s Turkeys, who is also a World Record holder for being the Fastest Turkey Plucker (try saying that after having a drink or 2!), as well as meet and have food cooked by Top TV Chef, Phil Vickery.
I have to admit that turkey isn’t a meat that I would normally reach for in the supermarket. Chicken is the most eaten meat in this house – unless I am specifically making my homemade Turkey Soup, then I will go out and buy a turkey drumstick.
British Turkey are really encouraging people to opt for turkey more, but it is often overlooked in the supermarket. Phil showed us some really great, tasty, quick and easy recipes to make – and they are quick, literally taking minutes to make!
Below are the recipes that Phil showed us. Some of the flavour combinations may seem a little weird, but I assure you they work and are so delicious!
Turkey Flavourings and Recipes
Before cooking turkey you can put it through a process called velveting. This keeps the meat moist and should be done a day or two in advance. Velveting 500g of skinless Turkey meat you need:
- 1/2 egg white
- 1 tbs any starch
- 1/2 tbs any oil
- pinch of salt
1 ripe mango, skinned, sliced and cut into thin strips
½ small sweet pineapple, finely chopped
juice and finely grated zest 2 large limes
1 tbsp fresh chopped mint
Sauté the turkey after velveting, then place into a bowl. Add all the ingredients and mix well, then serve tepid.
2 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tsp fresh red chilli
½ tsp ground cumin
4 cardamom seeds, crushed
½ tsp ground turmeric
½ tsp paprika
2 tbsp fresh chopped coriander
Heat the oil then add the garlic and cook until crisp. Then add the chilli, cumin, cardamom, turmeric and sauté well. Add the turkey and coat well in the spices and cook through. Off the heat add the paprika and coriander, mix well and season. Sauté the turkey after velveting and add the spice mixture.
1 red onion finely sliced
1 red pepper, small cubes
1 yellow pepper, small cubes
1 green pepper, small cubes
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp lemon grass puree
Place the onions and peppers into a pan and cover with cold water. Bring to the boil, then remove straight away and drain well. Heat the oil and sauté the garlic for a minute or so, then add the well-drained peppers and onions. Finally add the soy sauce and lemon grass puree and mix well and season. Sauté the turkey after velveting and stir into the vegetables.
4 tbsp olive oil
6 freshwater prawns, shelled and de veined
100g defrosted prawns
100mls well reduced fish stock, or fish stock cube crumbled
100mls Chinese oyster sauce
Heat 2 tbsp of the oil then sauté the velveted turkey, remove and keep warm. Add the other 2 tbsp of oil and re heat. Add the freshwater prawns and sauté quickly until just cooked. Add the turkey back, plus the prawns, and fish stock or cube, finally add the oyster sauce and mix well. Serve.
2tbsp olive oil
80g caster sugar
½ ripe mango, skinned, sliced and cut into thin strips
1 tsp fresh red chilli
Heat 2 tbsp of the oil then sauté the velveted turkey, remove and keep warm. In another pan heat the caster sugar until melted into a thick caramel. Add the cooked turkey and mix well. Add the mango, chilli and mint. Serve.
After our turkey cookery masterclass, we were treated to a yummy 3 course meal – turkey of course! I felt a little overwhelmed being amongst “foodies” as I am just a home cook, but they were all really lovely and I had my lovely friend, Filipa from Gourmet Mum by my side.
It was a really great evening and it was so nice to chat to both Phil and Paul who are so passionate about Turkey and getting it on the table all through the year!
The evening definitely opened my eyes to using turkey more…. I have even cooked some of Phil’s recipes at home, and they’ve gone down well!!
Be sure to check out the British Turkey website for lots more turkey recipes!
*Disclaimer – British Turkey invited me to this event to learn more about turkey. Turkey Recipes are also from British Turkey and Phil Vickery who have kindly allowed me to share them.