Ground Turkey Three Ways

Turkey Burgers

Turkey Burgers

My mother is known for making some of the best meatballs around.  The flavor, of course, is great – but it’s the texture of the meatballs that makes them special.  She says it all has to do with how you mix the ground meat.  Whether it is beef, pork, veal or turkey – it’s all in how you mix it.  

So what is this special ground meat mixing technique?  It starts with the utencil you use, a large pronged fork is best.   Lightly lifting and separating the meat as you gently combine all of the ingredients.  This gentle fluffing of the ground meat  creates little air pockets and keeps  the ground meat airy.  Never, never mash it together and don’t use your hands – you will tend to mush it all together like you would a dough.  This only creates a dense product.  

So now that you know how to mix ground meat properly…what can you do with it?  Well, here are three variations using ground turkey.  Ground Turkey Three Ways…

Turkey Burgers

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 package ground white meat turkey (about a pound)
  • 1/3 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 tbs. half & half, heavy cream, or mayo
  • 1/4 cup grated cheese  (any kind you like)
  • 1 shallot diced fine
  • 1 tbs. fresh parsley chopped fine
  • salt & pepper to taste

 Directions:

1.) Saute the shallots in a tablespoon or so of olive oil until tender, set aside to cool. 

2.) Mix all ingredients, with a fork, this will keep the meat tender.  Do not over mix.  The mixture will be soft. 

3.) Form into patties, and refrigerate at least an hour.  This will help them firm up. 

4.) Saute them in a bit of olive oil.   Cook for approximately 10 minuets, or until done.  Serve them on a roll with whatever toppings you like.  I find that cranberry sauce tastes great as a topping.

Turkey Meatballs

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 package ground white meat turkey  (about a pound)
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs  (Italian style or plain)
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 2 tbs. half & half, heavy cream, or mayo
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan or Romano cheese
  • 1 tbs. fresh parsley chopped fine
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

1.) Mix ingredients with a fork.  Roll into 1.5 inch balls, and bake.  375* for about 15 min. 

2.) Add them to you pasta sauce.  Cook until tender.

Turkey Meatloaf

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 package ground turkey  (use the mix of white and dark – about a pound)
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs 
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 shallot diced fine
  • 1/2 a carrot diced fine
  • 1/2 stalk celery diced fine
  • 1 tbs. fresh parsley chopped fine
  • salt and pepper to taste

 Directions:

1.) Saute shallot, carrot, and celery until tender, set aside to cool. 

2.) Mix all ingredients with a fork.  Form, and bake at 375* for approximately 1 hour.   Let rest for about 10 minutes before slicing.

Remember, turkey is a blank slate, it will take on the flavors you add.  Mix it up, add salsa and cilantro for a Mexican flavor.  Italian herbs and your favorite pasta sauce, makes a great burger or meatloaf.  Enjoy!

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