With winter well and truly on our doorsteps our tastebuds crave the warmth and comfort of rich and delicious meals. Sorry but salad just isn’t cutting it this month! This season we decided to think outside the box, and start experimenting with using different meats to your regular beef, lamb and chicken to make our favourite classic winter dishes.
Turkey is one of those meats you don’t think of much outside of Christmas, but it really shouldn’t be that way. Turkey is easy to cook with, packed with nutrients, and you can make all the old faithfuls on frosty evenings with just as much versatility and ease as other meats. We implore you to grab a couple of shortcuts and give these hearty recipes a go.
To make your turkey adventures a little less daunting we’ve compiled some handy hints and inspiring ideas to help introduce turkey into your winter menu this year.
Swap it Out
Try using turkey in your weeknight regulars: instead of chicken add turkey to classic casseroles. Turkey Bolognese is also delicious and it has more protein and flavour than beef.
Mince is one of the most versatile and affordable meat options around and turkey mince is so easy to incorporate into your weekly meals. It’s flavour suits a lot of dishes too. Think tacos, meatballs, burgers, stuffed tomatoes, arancini and spiced-filled filo’s. Cook with it the same way you would cook with any other minced meat.
If lasagne takes your fancy, the Steggles Turkey Shortcut Mince creates a delicious Turkey and Vegetable Lasagne; the turkey adds a depth of flavour and sweetness that goes so well with lasagne. Even the fussiest Nona will be impressed!
Turkey Hot Pot – Casseroling Tips
Where would winter be without a casserole? To satisfy cold, hungry appetites in winter, turkey is the perfect slow-cook protein – this Turkey Shank Casserole is full of seasonal winter vegetables and has a rich tomato sauce.
Coat your turkey pieces in flour and brown in oil over medium heat, then add delicious winter flavours like onions, garlic and tomatoes.
Bold Middle Eastern spices work well and are so on trend right now; try adding aromatic ground spices like cumin and coriander, or that popular Middle Eastern spice mix – Baharat.
Keep those bones and make a turkey stock or bone broth! It can be used in any way you would normally use stock and the silky flavour is delicious.
Just add carrots, celery, onions and garlic to your cooked bones in a large stockpot, fill with water and simmer for a couple of hours. Freeze in batches for later use.
Nothing says welcome home in winter like soup simmering on the stove, filling the house with soul-warming scents. This Asian Style Turkey Meatball Soup will keep everyone nourished and satisfied, while keeping the chill of winter at bay.
Do you have a favourite chicken soup recipe? Try it with turkey!
The New Winter Roast – Top Roasting Tips
After a fast take on a classic turkey roast? Steggles Short Cut Thigh Roasts or Turkey Shanks are the perfect roasting portions, because they cook in a lot less time than a whole bird.
Try this roasted one-pot-wonder Garlic and Lemon Turkey Shanks.
Just remember to cover the breasts a third of the way through cooking – it’s no secret they can dry out before the legs are perfectly cooked. And speaking of the legs, don’t truss them – tight trussing slows down the cooking process: tie the legs loosely to stop them running amuck in the roasting dish.
A few more tips for cooking with turkey…
– A digital thermometer is your best friend when it comes to roasting turkey – it should read around 170 degrees.
– Ensure the turkey is properly defrosted and allow it to sit in the fridge, uncovered overnight for the crispest skin.
– And truly, don’t bother with constant basting; you’ll just let too much heat out of the oven. Only baste occasionally. If you’re concerned about dryness, roast your turkey upside down on an angled rack.