What to do with ground turkey?

BefrizzledBefrizzled Posts: 3,854Registered Users
SO has asked me to make more meat, so we picked up a bunch of kosher stuff on a road trip last week. We haven't lived together very long, and I'm trying to show him I can hold my own in the kitchen. I made brisket tonight, and it was amazing. He even went back for seconds and thirds. :toothy7:

Anyway, next up is ground turkey. He's a red-meat kind of guy -- even though he suggested the turkey -- so I don't really know what to make. He doesn't want it with pasta, which rules out most of the ideas I had. I found a spin on sloppy joes and shepherd's pie with turkey, but I was hoping some of you kitchen-savvy ladies had some ideas for me.
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  • kaybkayb Posts: 5,054Registered Users
    Tacos!!! Fajitas!!!:blob3:
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  • CurlyCanadianCurlyCanadian Posts: 10,904Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Curl Connoisseur
    Meat loaf, burgers, meatballs?

    I don't eat meat, but would think anything you would use ground beef for, would work just as well?
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  • SariaSaria Posts: 15,963Registered Users
    What CurlyCanadian said. If you want to make meatballs more interesting, try making kofta/kefta/another of the various spellings. Serve with tomato rice, a cucumber salad, and fried onions. But they're pretty great with pine nuts, lemon zest, Parmesan, and basil, too. It's a pretty blank canvas type of meat, really.
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  • curlysue21curlysue21 Posts: 5,219Registered Users
    I make a wedding soup that uses turkey for the meatballs.
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  • BefrizzledBefrizzled Posts: 3,854Registered Users
    curlysue21 wrote: »
    I make a wedding soup that uses turkey for the meatballs.

    Would you mind posting the recipe? This was my first thought. SO has said he's not interested in soup right now, but I would definitely make this another time.

    These are all good suggestions! I'll make a list from this thread and let him pick.
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  • curlysue21curlysue21 Posts: 5,219Registered Users
    Here you go! I substitute baby spinach for the escarole. My family really likes this recipe!
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  • SariaSaria Posts: 15,963Registered Users
    You could also make larb/laap, or Sichuan dry-fried long beans or mapo tofu. They're meant to be made with ground pork, but if the turkey isn't too lean, it should be fine.
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  • wanderlustwanderlust Posts: 650Registered Users
    This contains a really good turkey meatball recipe. The actual recipe to make the meatballs is linked in the ingredients list.

    Also I like to do a stir fry with ground turkey meat and jasmine rice. I season the turkey meat and then saute it in a pan with some olive oil. Then I heat up a little olive oil, put in some ginger and garlic, and then add in some veggies. I like to use yellow and red peppers, and carrots, but you can use what ever vegetables you like. Then add back in the ground turkey and the cooked jasmine rice and stir in some soy sauce. Pretty easy and tasty!
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  • JayneeJaynee Posts: 2,039Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    In addition to what's already been mentioned, I want to add that I always make my chili with ground turkey instead of beef.

  • mrspoppersmrspoppers Posts: 7,223Registered Users Curl Novice
    I use it in things like chili and tacos. My MIL uses it in stuffed pasta shells. Pretty much anything that calls for ground beef can use ground turkey instead.

    If you're using turkey because it's supposedly healthier than beef, be sure and buy ground turkey breast, not just ground turkey. They had this on a challenge on the Biggest Loser--ground turkey is supposedly about the same, fat and calorie wise, as ground beef.
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  • KookyCurlKookyCurl Posts: 1,980Registered Users
    I just made a skillet pie based on a kopita (I can't remember the actual name, think spanokopita but chicken based) from Cooks Illustrated that would be yummy with turkey. It called for ground chicken, easy substitute. Broth, feta, olives, mint, lemon, filo crust. Very yummy!
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  • BefrizzledBefrizzled Posts: 3,854Registered Users
    Excellent suggestions! Thanks! We don't mix meat and dairy, but we've found ways around those ingredients.

    The turkey is marginally healthier than the ground beef, but not by much. I was eyeing the leaner turkey, but SO didn't want it; he had a reason, but I can't remember it now. We also got some ground beef, which is long gone now, and we got the turkey just to shake things up. Less about nutrition, more about variety.
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  • WileE-DeadWileE-Dead Banned Posts: 24,963Banned Users Curl Neophyte
    Just double check the numbers when you get the extra lean meat...like 97/3:blob7:
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  • BefrizzledBefrizzled Posts: 3,854Registered Users
    Just double check the numbers when you get the extra lean meat...like 97/3:blob7:

    Buying kosher means we don't have many options. There are two choices of ground turkey that I've seen: regular and breast, and the ground breast meat isn't available everywhere. There's usually one option for ground beef, maybe two if we're lucky. (If I were cooking just for me, I would've gotten the leaner turkey.)
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  • WileE-DeadWileE-Dead Banned Posts: 24,963Banned Users Curl Neophyte
    Is the Jenni-O stuff an option? :dontknow:
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  • BefrizzledBefrizzled Posts: 3,854Registered Users
    Is the Jenni-O stuff an option? :dontknow:

    Nope, not kosher.

    The kosher brand carried in our local store (and the one we went to on our road trip) is Empire. Our local store has a HUGE kosher selection, the biggest I've ever seen in person, and even it has only two choices for ground turkey.
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  • SariaSaria Posts: 15,963Registered Users
    Befrizzled wrote: »
    Excellent suggestions! Thanks! We don't mix meat and dairy, but we've found ways around those ingredients.

    The turkey is marginally healthier than the ground beef, but not by much. I was eyeing the leaner turkey, but SO didn't want it; he had a reason, but I can't remember it now. We also got some ground beef, which is long gone now, and we got the turkey just to shake things up. Less about nutrition, more about variety.

    Then you should definitely be okay to make any of the Asian dishes I suggested! Plus no dairy in them!
    And the kofte is also dairy-free. Love some kofte with yogurt sauce and some tomato rice!
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  • BefrizzledBefrizzled Posts: 3,854Registered Users
    Saria wrote: »
    Befrizzled wrote: »
    Excellent suggestions! Thanks! We don't mix meat and dairy, but we've found ways around those ingredients.

    The turkey is marginally healthier than the ground beef, but not by much. I was eyeing the leaner turkey, but SO didn't want it; he had a reason, but I can't remember it now. We also got some ground beef, which is long gone now, and we got the turkey just to shake things up. Less about nutrition, more about variety.

    Then you should definitely be okay to make any of the Asian dishes I suggested! Plus no dairy in them!
    And the kofte is also dairy-free. Love some kofte with yogurt sauce and some tomato rice!

    He's not a huge Asian-food fan, but I am! I'm seriously considering making him a couple of turkey burgers and using the rest to make the mapo tofu for me because I also just bought tofu. He'd really go for the kofte, too, minus the yogurt sauce. I'd probably make humus with it, though.

    We've got two pounds, and I'm making only one at a time, so I'll get to try a few things out. :)
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  • SariaSaria Posts: 15,963Registered Users
    I'd probably make a hot sauce instead of hummus. I love hummus, but more by itself or with falafel.

    It could be something like zhoug:
    Zhoug Recipe - CHOW
    Spicy Zhoug Recipe - Ana Sortun | Food & Wine

    Or even harissa.

    A tahini sauce is good too.
    Or just serve them in a tomato sauce!
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  • BefrizzledBefrizzled Posts: 3,854Registered Users
    Saria wrote: »
    I'd probably make a hot sauce instead of hummus. I love hummus, but more by itself or with falafel.

    It could be something like zhoug:
    Zhoug Recipe - CHOW
    Spicy Zhoug Recipe - Ana Sortun | Food & Wine

    Or even harissa.

    A tahini sauce is good too.

    SO would go for a tahini sauce. He'll still want hummus on the side, I expect. Any time anything is remotely Mediterranean, we like hummus there somewhere. :lol:
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