All posts filed under: Chicken & Turkey

Chicken Celery Scallion and Cilantro Dumplings

Yummmmm… dumplings.  So comforting, so many flavors and textures.  Most Asian restaurants offer some sort of dumplings, some better than others, but I always feel that New York City has the best offerings.  From Dumpling Man in the East Village to Dim Sum A-Go Go in Chinatown, my mouth just dances from the salty, meaty, crispy goodness.  After reading issues of Lucky Peach and past issues of Bon Appetit, I finally got the bug to make my own.  The process was actually much easier than I thought (once I figured out how to get my dumping ‘crimps’ just right,) it just took some time and patience.  The essential way to get the crimp right is to make sure you don’t use too much filling.  In my case, I had to use pre-made wonton wrappers (trimmed to a circle shape with a biscuit cutter,) I used 1 tsp of filling for each. I started with the filling–made it up mostly with what I had on hand.  I’d encourage you to experiment.  The key is that your …

Torrisi Turkey, Part 2

Surely just a turkey sandwich could be replicable, right?  Try your best to copy the ingredients, get the good stuff, and voila–you’ll be a copy cat in no time.  What I discovered in this exercise, and I should have known better after gobbling them up 3 different times, is that when it comes to Torrisi Italian Specialities, it’s never JUST a turkey sandwich.  Or JUST chicken parm.  Or JUST anything.  It’s simple, yes.  Ingredient lists are likely short in this operation, but I think it’s the details and intangibles that might make this sandwich so good–the TLC in the technique–maybe it’s just that euphoria you get because “someone else made it for you.”  All of that being said, my copy was very good.  If you can’t get to Torrisi to try their turkey sandwich, by all means, make this at home.  But if you can get there, please do.  And do so soon.  It’s espcially good timing as they’ve just opened a new spot next door, appropriately called PARM.  Parm’s menu looks AH-mazing.  You can …

Turkey Sausage Lasagna

I can’t think of anything more comforting or more universally-loved than lasagna.  Most families have their versions they go back to time and time again.  There’s the traditional Italian version which is made with bolognese sauce, bechmael sauce, parmesan (no ricotta or mozzarella) and the American version made with ground beef (or leftover meatballs), marinara, ricotta, and mozzarella.  There are countless veggie versions and even kinds made with tortillas.  This time around I decided to go all-American, but with one substitute a la the Barefoot Contessa, turkey sausage.  Here you have it–her fabulous version of American lasagna.  I slightly adapted her recipe in 2 ways.  1) I omitted goat cheese–only because I don’t care for it.  2) I substituted no-boil lasagna noodles to cut back on time. First you cook the onions and garlic, add the ground turkey sausage, and all of the basic red sauce ingredients. Then the fun part… the layering.  A quick stir of ricotta, grated parmesan, egg, fresh parsley, salt, and pepper–and that forms the creamy layer comb.  I constructed each …

Korean Chicken Tacos with Cilantro, Red Onion, and Gochujang Sauce

Ever heard of Kogi BBQ?  It’s a food truck based in Los Angeles serving thousands of very lucky Californians everyday.  Oh, how I wish they would send a truck to New York… I love the genius combo of Korean meets Mexican–two packed-with-flavor cuisines.  Since Kogi BBQ hasn’t rolled up to my door (yet,)  I decided to try to recreate it at home.  Two of their dishes really popped out to me.  One, the Pineapple Pork Kimchi Quesadillas and two, the Chicken Tacos, Kogi BBQ prepares the chicken tacos with ginger-soy marinated chicken thighs, salsa roja, an onion-cilantro relish, and a salad with a chili-soy vinaigrette. I decided to first try to recreate Kogi BBQ’s chicken tacos at home, but with some modifications.  I was super happy with the results.  Confession time: I’ve actually made these three times in the past week.  Yeah, they’re that good.  And the best part… they’re healthy. To start, I cut up a pounded, boneless, skinless chicken breast and marinated it in a sweet-soy mixture, including grated ginger and garlic, soy …

Braised Chicken with Mushrooms, Pancetta, and Almonds with Haricots Verts

I love Anne Burrell.  If I had to pick one Food Network chef I’d like to meet it would be her.  I’ve learned the most from watching her.  Some tips I’ve picked up: 1.  How to use salt during the cooking process and not as an afterthought. 2.  That black pepper’s taste doesn’t go with everything as salt does.  Think about substituting white pepper or red pepper flakes. 3.  That brown(ed) food tastes good. This recipe makes use of all of these tips.  The result is something so rich, so tender, so perfectly-seasoned.  I found myself grabbing a spoon just to take full advantage of the sauce that still lingered on my plate after devouring every bit. To get started, I added 8 skin-on chicken thighs (seasoned with salt and black pepper) to a hot dutch oven, bottom coated with a pre-heated layer of olive oil, over medium-high heat.  Anne gives a another great tip here… The thighs become easier to flip over after they’ve browned adequately–the pan “releases” them from the bottom.  If you …

Tex-Mex Turkey Enchiladas

As long as I can remember, I’ve loved Mexican food.  It all started when I was a child and my father prided himself on the fact that his daughter liked spicy food.  I didn’t insist on hot dogs and chicken nuggets… no, I wanted cheese enchiladas cooked in spicy red chile sauce.  This made him very proud.  Over the years, I have gotten away from cheese enchiladas, mostly because of all of the fat.  Instead I’ve replaced them with tons of tortilla chips, salsa, guacamole, and margaritas.  I suspect that I’ve probably replaced cheese enchiladas with even more calories and fat by doing so, but alas, here I am.  The truth is that I’ve never met a Mexican food I didn’t like.  A few months ago, I got that craving and started checking my go-to recipe sites.  I figured I would go back to my enchilada roots, but make them with ground beef and a lot less cheese.  Then I decided to swap in ground turkey (mostly because that’s what I had in the freezer.)  …

Perfect Chicken Cutlets

Everyone has chicken breasts in their freezer.  Channeling my own Bubba from Forrest Gump, my mind was going “grilled chicken… roasted chicken… chicken marsala… chicken parmesan… teriyaki chicken… chicken salad…”  You get the point.  They all seemed, I dunno… boring.  I started yearning for fried chicken.  Fried chicken is a lot of work (lots of oil to worry about and you have to have buttermilk in the fridge.)  So my mind went–chicken cutlets.  Yum.  Yum.  Yum.  So I went right after it. I started with 2 chicken breasts, pounded nice and thin, then triple dipped.  First in seasoned flour, then egg, then breadcrumbs mixed with grated italian cheese.  When I was finished breading them, my fingers had the signature glue-like coating of layers.  I knew that perfectly crisp, flavorful cutlets were in my immediate future.   While you’re breading, heat a large skillet over medium heat.  Cover the bottom of the pan with canola oil.  Don’t be stingey.  Crispy cutlets need oil to coat–that’s part of what makes them perfect! Let the cutlets drain on …