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Old 11-25-2006, 03:41 AM   #1
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What to do with these uncooked turkey pieces

So, I thought I was getting a turkey breast, but I must have misunderstood what the packaging said.

I opened the turkey breast on Thursday to cook it and it turned out that I had a bunch of small turkey breast PIECES that had been molded inside the packaging to look like a turkey breast.

I was so flustered about it that I didn't cook it... we just went out to eat. Okay no big deal.

But now I have 2 or 3 pounds of raw turkey breast pieces and I don't know what to do with it. I need to cook it off this weekend.

I'm going to brown some for Turkey Tetrazzini.

I'm going to pound some out for Turkey Scallopini.

What else... any other ideas? I can't refreeze it until I get it cooked. So, I'm looking for a couple of nice recipes that will freeze well.

ETA: The meat is boneless and skinless, btw.

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Old 11-25-2006, 05:42 AM   #2
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a teryaki marinade on the grill is a good idea.

same goes for viniagrette/herb marinades, then on the grill.

but they don't freeze well. i guess you could put them in bagies in the marinade, then freeze for grilling later.

cube them and make turkey chilli. or turkey bolognese.
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Old 11-25-2006, 10:04 AM   #3
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Thanks for the ideas, buckytom.

I can't grill, though.

I'm thinking a pasta casserole other than the Tetrazzini might work. I could dice up the meat very fine.

I have to work with ingredients from scratch (no sauces, etc. unless they are made from scratch). I'm particularly interested in casseroles. We don't/can't cook from canned or preserved ingredients.

Thanks!!!
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Old 11-25-2006, 11:34 AM   #4
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I have a chicken casserole recipe that could easly be changed to turkey . . .

Cube and cook in VOO enough turkey to cover the bottom of your pan. Drain well and layer on the bottom of the pan. Lay a layer of Swiss cheese (your favorite) over the chicken. Generally one layer with some overlap is sufficient, but if you like it extra cheesey, add as much as you want. Then spread a layer of cream of chicken soup over the cheese. Then cover with a layer of previously prepared stuffing/dressing (boxed/canistered or homemade). Bake in a preheated, 350 degree F oven for about 30 minutes, or until the stuffing crisps and the sides start to bubble.

WARNING: You may want to place a catch pan under the casserole. This will slightly increase the cooking time, but greatly decrease the clean up time!

Serve with a side of veggies (I prefer corn, or maybe mixed) and there you go. A 9X13 pan of this is usually good for about 6 people or so, depending on portion size and additional dishes served.

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Old 11-25-2006, 11:55 AM   #5
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Don't fully understand your restrictions, but we love to make a turkey pot pie.

Or a turkey Caesar salad, or maybe turkey tacos, or can make a turkey Reuben sandwich.

Julienne the cooked turkey and make a sesame noodle Chinese type dish.

Or make a turkey salad with mayo and onion, celery, curry powder, garlic powder, some hot sauce (or cayenne), use your imagination.

Turkey crepes using a white sauce, can easily Google for many recipes. Think some sliced black olives would work well here.

Or just a turkey ala king served over toasted bread.

Just a few ideas, good luck and enjoy.
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Old 11-25-2006, 01:46 PM   #6
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Think Chicken here, forget it`s Turkey, what would you do if it were Chicken?

maybe a fried rice? a Curry? wrap then in smoked ham with a slice of chili inside and oven bake? batter and deep fry? make Kievs?

Or buy a Cat, they always know what to do with it :)
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Old 11-25-2006, 02:28 PM   #7
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Don't fully understand your restrictions, but we love to make a turkey pot pie.
The restrictions are what is available (we don't have canned soups) and what I will cook with (we don't do processed food... which isn't much available here anyway). The US is all about canned, boxed, frozen, processed food. I'm just looking for scratch recipes.
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Old 11-25-2006, 02:29 PM   #8
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Think Chicken here, forget it`s Turkey, what would you do if it were Chicken?

maybe a fried rice? a Curry? wrap then in smoked ham with a slice of chili inside and oven bake? batter and deep fry? make Kievs?

Or buy a Cat, they always know what to do with it :)
Good words! I like the Kiev idea. I'll have to try that. :)
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Old 11-26-2006, 09:58 AM   #9
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Turkey Parmesan? Although, that would be a bit of a effort.
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Old 11-26-2006, 10:32 AM   #10
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Make turkey cutlets...they'll fly off the plate. Pound them out, dip in seasoned flour, then beaten egg & milk, then back in the flour and panfry.

Or just dip them in flour, brown in butter, and deglaze pan with Marsala wine, for Turkey Marsala.
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