Chinese Chiu-chow-style Roasted Pigeon with Bean Paste

Ingredients

1 pigeon, about 12 to 14 oz
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp dark soy sauce
2 stalks of spring onions
1 slice of ginger
1 stalk of cilantro
1/2 tbsp Chinese cooking wine

Seasoning

1-1/2 tbsp Chiu-chow bean paste (潮州豆醬)
1/2 tbsp sesame paste
2/3 tsp sugar
1 cup of water
1/2 tbsp light soy sauce

Method

  1. Cut off the feet of the pigeon. Wash and wipe dry. Put 1/2 tsp salt into the stomach of the pigeon. Rub 1 tsp dark soy sauce on the skin. Marinate for 1/2 hour.
  2. Saute the pigeon with 3 tbsp oil until it turns golden yellow.
  3. Saute the ginger, spring onions and cilantro. Drizzle wine.
  4. Put a bamboo rack into the pot and put the pigeon, ginger, spring onions and cilantro on top of it. Add seasoning and boil in low heat for 25 minutes. Turn the pigeon from time to time.
  5. Discard the ginger, spring onion, cilantro and beans in the sauce.
  6. Chop the pigeon into pieces and arrange on serving plate. Pour the sauce on the pigeon and serve.

Source: Chiu-chow Cuisine

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Turkey and Vegetable Gumbo

Ingredients

4 oz turkey sausages, cut into 1-inch slices
1 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
2 celery stalks, sliced crosswise
1 red bell pepper, seeded, deribbed and chopped
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
1 bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
12 oz sliced okra
3 large tomatoes, peeled, seeded and diced
1/2 cup uncooked pearl barley
3 cups chicken stock or reduced sodium chicken broth

Method

  1. Coat a large nonstick saucepan with nonstick cooking spray and place over medium heat. Add the sausage and saute until browned all over and no longer pink in the center, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the onion, garlic, celery and bell pepper. Saute until the vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the chili powder, thyme, oregano, bay leaf, salt, hot pepper sauce, okra, tomatoes, barley and stock or broth and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, stirring frequently, until the gumbo thickens and the barley is tender, about 30 minutes. Remove and discard the bay leaf.
  4. To serve, divide among 4 individual bowls.

Makes 4 servings.

Source: Cooking for Healthy Living

Mini Turkey Burgers

Ingredients

1/3 cup full-fat plain Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic (garlic powder)
1 teaspoon whole-grain mustard (may substitute Dijon mustard)
1-1/2 teaspoons fish sauce (may substitute Worcestershire sauce)
1 pound ground turkey, preferably dark meat
2 teaspoons canola oil
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 to 1 teaspoon Spanish smoked paprika (sweet or hot pimenton)
Salad greens, for serving (optional)
2 whole-wheat pita breads, warmed, for serving (optional)

Method

  1. Combine the yogurt, 3/4 teaspoon of the salt, the pepper, garlic powder, mustard, fish sauce and ground turkey in a mixing bowl. Gently mix with your clean hands. Shape into eight balls of equal size, which will be soft.
  2. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once the oil shimmers, add all the ground turkey balls so they are not touching each other, flattening them slightly into patties. Cook for three to four minutes, until lightly browned on the bottoms, then turn them over and cook for about three minutes on the second sides, until nicely browned.
  3. Reduce the heat to low; partially cover the pan and continue to cook the burgers for an additional two minutes or so, until they are cooked through (at the centre, registering 165ºF on an instant-read thermometer), and firm to the touch.
  4. Meanwhile, whisk together the honey, smoked paprika (to taste) and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt in a small bowl.
  5. Uncover the burgers and brush the tops of each one with the spiced honey. Cook for 30 seconds or so — just long enough for the honey glaze to set and melt a little into the pan.
  6. Serve as you wish, either atop salad greens or tucked into the warm, quartered pita breads.

Makes 4 servings.

Source: Washington Post

Burger with Grilled Thai-flavour Turkey Patty

Ingredients

1/2 cup sugar
1 cup rice wine vinegar
1 cup thin cucumber slices
1 pound ground turkey
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2-1/4 teaspoons sriracha sauce
4 brioche buns
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves

Seasoning

1 teaspoon garlic, minced
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
1/4 cup green onions, chopped
1/4 teaspoon turmeric, ground
1 teaspoon jalapeño, finely chopped
3 teaspoons fish sauce
2 teaspoons lime juice
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon salt

Method

  1. Combine sugar and vinegar in a saucepan and bring to a simmer until sugar dissolves. Cool slightly before adding mixture to cucumber slices to pickle for at least 20 minutes.
  2. Preheat grill and plancha to medium-high heat. Mix turkey with seasoning ingredients in a large bowl. Form four evenly sized patties.
  3. Drizzle vegetable oil over the plancha and grill patties for four minutes per side until fully cooked or until internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C). Allow to rest for a few minutes.
  4. Mix mayonnaise and sriracha sauce together. Spread one tablespoon of mayonnaise mixture on both top and bottom of each bun. Place pickled cucumber slices on the bottom bun and place burger on top. Top the burger with basil and mint leaves before serving.

Makes 4 servings.

Source: Chef Dale MacKay

Brown Rice Crust Quiche with Turkey and Mushroom

Ingredients

Crust

2 cups cooked whole-grain brown rice, cooled
1 egg
cooking spray

Filling

2-3 tsp canola oil
1 cup fresh mushrooms, sliced
1/2 cup sundried tomatoes, chopped
3 tbsp green onion, chopped
1 cup Swiss cheese, shredded
1 cup cooked turkey, diced
3 eggs
1/3 cup low-fat sour cream
3/4 cup low-fat milk
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried thyme
1/4 tsp paprika
dash pepper
dash cayenne pepper

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Stir together rice and one whisked egg.
  3. Liberally spray a 9-inch pie plate with cooking spray. Press rice mixture into bottom and sides of pie plate. Set aside.
  4. In small frying pan, heat 2-3 tsp canota oil over medium-high heat and saute mushrooms, sundried tomatoes and green onion. Set aside.
  5. Sprinkle cheese, turkey and sauteed vegetables into rice pie crust.
  6. In a medium bowl, beat eggs until just blended, and then mix in sour cream, milk, salt, basil, thyme, paprika, pepper, and cayenne. Pour into pie shell.
  7. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a knife gently inserted near the centre comes out clean.

Makes 6 servings.

Source: Manitoba Egg Farmers