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Old 10-06-2007, 12:21 PM   #31
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Originally Posted by keltin View Post
You could probably use phyllo dough. I’ve seen a recipe for Runzas (basically the same thing as Beirocks) that used Phyllo dough.

Most people make their own sweet dough.....but I’m not much of a baker, so I cheat!

I’ve not worked with phyllo dough before, but if I’m right, it’s a really flaky dough? That sounds good! Since the filling is pre-cooked, I don’t see why you couldn’t use any dough you want. All you’re doing during the last stage is cooking the dough and sealing it.

I've also seen a recip using dinner roll dough that they deep fried after filling. I wonder how that would be?

Here’s a basic recipe (they use a bit more cabbage than me) with a simple dough recipe.

Here’s a pic of some that are professionally made. Mine never look like that, but more like the pic in that recipe I posted!
Re Runzas. Never thought of using ground turkey in place of beef... but, here's a look at the original Runza:


If you look at their menu, they are made w or w/o cheese, etc. added to the beef/cabbage mix.


The outside is more of a bread dough. I have made them using crescent roll dough, and another suggestion for a shortcut is frozen bread loaf dough (if your market carries it) or pie dough (never tried it though). There are a few recipes at cooks.com for the runzas and the dough (from scratch). You could use phyllo or won ton wrappers, but it wouldn't be a Runza.

Another twist - Runza pie:

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Subbing the beef with turkey is an interesting idea.

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Old 10-06-2007, 06:57 PM   #32
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See?? Now if I had just used the search function and never started this thread, there wouldn't be this great conversation going!

Okay those things look great.. my hubby would love them. My allergic baby boy would not be able to have the bread probably, unless I really experimented with a dough that had no egg and no milk. And no cheese for him either... hmmm... (the soy cheese is nasty, IMO!)

Here's that taco seasoning recipe. I happened upon it when I was browsing the South Beach Diet forums, and it is great. I double/triple whatever and make a big batch to store in my pantry with my other spices. Quick and easy for when I do tacos.

1 TB Chili Powder
2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp oregano, ground
1 tsp sugar (do not use a substitute)
1/2 tsp salt

*Makes 3 TB of seasoning, use with 1 lb. ground beef/turkey

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Old 10-26-2007, 12:43 PM   #33
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thanks for the taco seasoning recipe...sounds great. I have cooked ground turkey in my freezer right now. I am so ready for chili!!!
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Old 11-15-2007, 03:55 AM   #34
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Here is soup recipe I got from my girlfriend which is easy and tasty!

Julie’s Tortilla Soup

3 packs Ground Turkey
2-3 Onions, chopped
9 cloves Garlic, chopped
3 cans Chicken Broth, 49 ½ oz
4 cans Corn, 15 ¼ oz
4 cans Black Beans, 15 oz
16 oz Fire-Roasted salsa
3 cans Ortega diced green chilies, 4 oz

CONDIMENTS: (optional)
Cilantro leaves
Chopped white onion
Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese
Corn Tortilla Chips
Lime, cut into 6ths
Jalapeno, chopped or sliced
Sour Cream
Avocado, cut up

Sauté onions and garlic until translucent. Add ground turkey and cooked until crumble and done. Meanwhile, heating in a large pot add the chicken broth, corn, black beans, fire-roasted salsa, and green chilies. Add ground turkey to the soup and cook until it comes to a boil. Boil for 10 minutes then serve.

OPTIONAL: Put any of the condiments you like such as crunched tortilla chips in a bowl with cheese, avocados, cilantro, onion, etc. Ladle soup over; serve immediately.

It does make a large pot but she told me was that I could break it down to 1 pack of turkey to 1 can of everything else, 1 onion, 3 cloves of garlic, and 1/3 of the FIRE ROASTED salsa. You can freeze any leftovers.
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Old 10-30-2015, 02:30 PM   #35
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Originally Posted by EmsMommy7 View Post
Exactly, Katie. I have a little baby boy with some serious food allergies. We're doing okay... but he LOVES meat! I am trying to always have chicken, turkey, ham steaks, things to make for him. Of course my 4 year old daughter won't touch meat.... HA! Anyway, I try to stay away from too much beef, so I keep a pack of ground turkey around. He likes it just sauteed in the pan with some s&p, garlic powder, onion salt.. .just plain. I have also let him have it in tomato/marinara sauce.. (on bath nights only!) So tonight, I did a little up for him and did the rest with some taco seasoning (which I have a great recipe for if anyone is interested.. to avoid the packets with all the junk in them,) and had the soft tacos in a whole wheat wrap for us. Sooooo... I saw this neat thread about what ingredients you had, what would you do, and I thought it would be neat to get some ideas for simple ground turkey things my little boy could have. And yes... I know that ground turkey can be substituted for other ground meats... um yeah. THANKS!

Hey my mom used to make stuffed peppers.. hated them!! Wonder if I would like them now, now that I'm older? That's the pepper with ground meat/rice mixture in the center, huh? Maybe I'll try them.

Chili!!! Forgot an obvious one, thanks Unc. Bob!
If you have not already done so, and the child has serious food allergies, I would consult a Dietician first.
Regarding Stuffed anything, I cannot peppers and no else like them either so I stuff large Zucchini Squash or even Yellow Squash. Butternut squash is always an option, also. Besides chicken breast, turkey breast, etc. I would make sure that he sampled all and any vegetables (fresh or frozen)too, though, so he does not become someone as an adult who refuses to eat veggies. But remember, he can get lots of protein thru whole grains, beans and peas. Good Luck!
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Old 10-30-2015, 03:42 PM   #36
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If you have not already done so, and the child has serious food allergies, I would consult a Dietician first.
Regarding Stuffed anything, I cannot peppers and no else like them either so I stuff large Zucchini Squash or even Yellow Squash. Butternut squash is always an option, also. Besides chicken breast, turkey breast, etc. I would make sure that he sampled all and any vegetables (fresh or frozen)too, though, so he does not become someone as an adult who refuses to eat veggies. But remember, he can get lots of protein thru whole grains, beans and peas. Good Luck!
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Old 10-30-2015, 04:25 PM   #37
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Fresh Chorizo


• 2 pounds ground turkey
• 4 cloves mashed garlic
• 6 Tbs chili powder
• 2 Tbs oregano
• 2 Tbs minced onion
• 1 tsp ground cumin
• 1 tsp salt
• 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
• 1 tsp paprika
• ½ tsp fresh ground black pepper
• 2 Tbs olive oil
• 2 Tbs water
• 2 Tbs vinegar
• 1½ tsp sugar


Mix all ingredients together in a bowl, divide into quarters, roll each quarter into a log, and tightly wrap each log with plastic wrap, twisting the ends to secure. If you like it mild, use Ancho chili powder, if you like it spicy, use New Mexico chili powder
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Old 10-31-2015, 08:16 AM   #38
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Crumble the baking in a saute pan with a little olive oil. Saute until the turkey starts to brown. Add 2 chopped peppers ( any color) and 1 large onion, chopped, and 1 large clove of garlic, minced. Sprinkle with 1 heaping tsp. of oregano and 1 heaping tsp. of thyme leaves and ground pepper to taste. cook over med. heat until onion softens. Add 4 tbsp. of red wine vinegar and cook to reduce liquid. Adjust seasonings, if necessary.

Cut warmed pitas in half. Spoon mixture into each half and top with sliced scallions and tomato slices.

Serve with plain yogurt, or cucumber and yogurt salad.

This filling is enough for 4 large pitas. I use whole wheat.
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Old 10-31-2015, 10:26 AM   #39
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When I use ground turkey, as a substitute for ground beef, I add a packet of GOYA beef flavored bouillon powder along with the other spices and seasonings called for in the recipe.

I think ground turkey would be great in Dawg's recipe for "Mom's Beefy Sauerkraut Hot Dish".

Mom's Beefy Sauerkraut Hotdish

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Old 11-01-2015, 01:00 AM   #40
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When you grind lean meat with fat, it's called a force meat. Some examples are pate's, bologna, sausage, etc. Force meats can be combined with various herbs and spices, and baked in a loaf pan to make your own lunch meats, or served hot, as slices with gravy.

Another great way to use your ground turkey is in dressing. Use rice if you don't want to use bread. Cook the rice in rich turkey broth, with a little sage and black pepper added in the ratio of two cups liquid to one cup rice. Add a stalk of sliced celery, and minced onion. If you use brown rice, increase the liquid to 2 and 1/4 cups and cook longer.

This dressing is then combined with your cooked, ground turkey, and served piping hot.

Another very good use for ground turkey is Asian Meatballs. Add 1 raw egg, minced celery, minced onion, a couple dashes of Chinese 5-spice powder, 3 tbs. soy sauce, and 1/2 tsp. roasted sesame seed oil. Combine, roll into meatballs, and add to a heavy pan until the bottom is covered. Add a quarter-cup of water, cover, and simmer until firm. Completee by letting the water boil off and lightly brown.

Hope that gives you a few more ideas.

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