Turkey Bean Soup
- 1 lb smoked turkey sausage, diced
- 1 lb cranberry beans (soaked overnight, drained)
- 8 cups of water (or 6 cups water, 2 cups chicken broth)
- 1/2 small onion, diced
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 stalks celery, diced
- 1 tsp dried Oregano
- 1 tsp Chili powder
- 1 tsp Cumin
- Salt and pepper to taste
Add all ingredients to the slow-cooker and cook for 8 to 10 hours on low.
I did these turkey leg quarters last week and they’ve been in the basement fridge since then. I finally brought them up today to finish them off for a nice Sunday dinner.I only had duck fat enough for one so I bought some cheap olive oil for the second one. These have just spent four hours in a 275-ish oven and I’ve already lost track of which was which but I sorted them out today when they warmed back up a little. I did do the green salt thing on both, letting them spend the night with a generous coating.You will want to brush most of it off but leave a little on because it’s delicious. I found a few recipes online for the salt mix but most agree that fresh thyme and parsley should be part of it, tarragon, bay leaves, and green onions were also suggested. This time I went with parsley, thyme, and sage. A food processor makes short work of blending the kosher salt with the herbs. Like mine, they can spend a week or more submerged in the oil. When you are ready to eat them, let most of the fat drain off then brown them in a skillet on the stove top and then pop the skillet into the oven to warm through.I made more cranberry sauce to go with the turkey, and roasted some root veggies with honey and olive oil. There’s a slab of Parmesan polenta under there, too. These are absolutely the best turkey legs I’ve ever eaten. The green salt was perfect and the meat came right away from the bones.
Scrolling through my recipes looking for ones I pulled together by rummaging around the pantry, freezer and refrigerator and came up with this one. Quick, easy and versatile.
- 9 oz pkg. fresh linguine pasta
- 4 Roma tomatoes
- 1 green or red pepper
- 4 green onions
- ½ tbsp crushed garlic
- 2 tsp dried basil
- ½ cup olive oil
- Optional: ¼ lb sliced pepperoni or ¼ lb cubed turkey
saucepan, large skillet
Fill saucepan with water and bring to a boil.
Chop tomatoes, pepper and green onions (use greens and whites). Heat oil in skillet, add onions, garlic and pepper, sauté until onions are golden, careful not to let garlic burn. Add pepperoni and turkey. Let simmer on medium to low medium heat.
Add pasta to water while ingredients simmer in skillet. Cook according to pkg. instructions.
Once pasta is al dente, add tomatoes to skillet, sauté 1-2 minutes. Using a slotted spoon or pasta spoon, transfer pasta to skillet, letting most of the water drain before transferring. There should be just enough water on the pasta to create a nice sauce. If it seems too dry, add a few spoonfuls of the pasta water. Stir and serve with grated Parmesan.
Mrs J thought pizza would work for her dinner today. We had all that turkey from yesterday’s project so we went with that for a topping. White pizza sounded better with turkey than anything else so we went that route. I had good luck with the Prairie Gold flour the local Amish store carried so we went that way again, going half and half with white bread flour. The dough recipe is not too involved: 1 cup PG flour, 1 cup bread flour, 1 cup warm water, 2 Tablespoons of olive oil, 2 teaspoons sugar, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 1 packet of instant yeast (2-1/4 t). I let the bread machine make the dough while we made a trip to town.I like to brush the crust with olive oil but I had a little garlic butter left over so I warmed that, added a little oil, and brushed it on, sprinkling kosher salt after. I gave it another coat halfway through baking when I opened the oven to spin the pan 180. To a basic white sauce I added provolone and Parmesan, folded in blanched broccoli and cubed turkey meat and spread that over the crust, adding thin sliced red onions, more turkey, and a good sprinkle of Parmesan atop everything before sliding it into a 375 oven.
We tried not to go overboard for the Xmas Day menu where we end up with tons of leftovers. I think we did pretty well. I did the turkey breasts in duck fat, just like the leg quarters we did here. Alas, there’s no way to make modern day turkey breasts taste better than “just OK” but at least these weren’t dry. The stuff just above the cranberry sauce was a new side for us – corn pudding.There are scores of recipes for this dish online, I didn’t follow any particular one. Mine has bacon, onions, and chopped bell peppers along with whole and creamed corn. I used Parmesan in it but most any cheese should work – cream cheese was often mentioned. Jiffy cornbread mix is a popular ingredient but I just used my usual yellow corn meal. St Francis got in a Maine Coon-ish kitty the other day from a fellow that is active in the rescue business but is having health issues and can’t keep up his regular pace. He brought this boy in the other day with three other cats that the shelter had agreed to take off his hands.Maine Coons are reputed to be most excellent pets and can grow pretty big. The mane should grow quite long. This fellow has just been neutered and is still woozy from the anesthetic.I’m sure turkey noodle soup was pretty commonly on the table for many this week. It’s a good way to use up that leftover turkey. I dropped a couple of eggs into the simmering soup to let them poach. Worked great! I did spoon some hot broth over the tops to help them along.Another way to use up that turkey! I bought some canned biscuit dough on a whim the other day and one can didn’t have enough to cover. I think if I do this again that I’ll par bake the biscuits separately before topping the filling so that the bottoms aren’t quite so doughy. I took these off, flipped them over on a tray, and slid them under the broiler for a spell. That went a long way to repair the initial error.Here’s another shelter kitty. Staff have named him George, he’s been with them for 5 or 6 months. Adult cats don’t place as quickly as kittens. Mrs J says he’s a good one, friendly and playful with the other cats.I’ll wrap this with a cheeseburger – pickle, onion, mustard. I jazzed the mustard with minced peppers and onion to where it’s more of a relish than plain mustard. Sometimes all you want is a basic burger and fries.
I finally found the time to gather all the parts I needed for my first go around with the confit method of cookery. I’m not sure that’s quite the right term, confit is more a method of preservation than cooking. Generally speaking, a food item is salted down for a day or two, then cooked at a low temperature while covered in fat. Duck fat is all the rage in foodie circles but it can be done with most any any vegetable oil. I’m using the duck fat I bought the other day with a couple of turkey legs that have spent the night marinating in garlic, thyme, and kosher salt.Brush off all the salt you can then cover with fat. This quarter sized hotel pan was just right for this because it didn’t take a lot of fat to fully cover the legs. I made a foil cover and cooked them at around 200 degrees for about 4 hours. I was able to easily poke a skewer right through the legs. They were showing 185 degrees on my digital temperature probe.I managed to get them out without them falling apart, mostly. I gobbled down the pieces that came off, declaring then and there that the project was a success. Yum!I served them up with smashed tiny golden potatoes and Brussels sprouts that were tossed with the handy duck fat and roasted. I am a big fan of duck fat roasted stuff. Where has it been all my life! LOL