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November 2000 Issue
by Ronda L. Halpin
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Turkey Tenderloins

This easy turkey recipe will leave you without leftovers and with enough time to put together a nice assortment of side dishes.
  • 1/2 lb. turkey tenderloins
  • 2 T. soy sauce
  • 2 tsp. Dijon-style prepared mustard
  • 1 tsp. dried rosemary, crushed
Place the turkey tenderloins in a resealable plastic bag and set aside. In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce, mustard and rosemary. Pour the mixture over the turkey tenderloins, seal bag and shake the bag to coat the turkey. Marinate in the refrigerator for 1 to 4 hours -- shaking once or twice. Preheat the broiler in your oven. Remove the turkey from the marinade and place it on the rack in the broiler pan. Broil 4 inches from the heat, turning once, for 20 to 22 minutes or until the meat is cooked through and when pierced with a fork the juices run clear. Slice the tenderloins thinly and serve with cranberry sauce.
  • Yields: 2 servings
  • Preparation Time: 30 minutes, plus marinating time


Turkey A La Oscar

This quick main dish is made particularly easy by using frozen asparagus and prepackaged sauce mix. If you want to spend a little more time, feel free to use fresh asparagus and make the hollandaise sauce from scratch. There's a great hollandaise sauce recipe in the archives.
  • 7 oz. frozen asparagus
  • 2 tsp. water
  • 1 tsp. margarine
  • 2 turkey breast cutlets
  • 1/8 tsp. crushed garlic
  • 1-1/2 oz. shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/3 packet hollandaise sauce mix
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, bring the asparagus and water to a boil. Continue to cook, covered, for 5 minutes. Remove the cover and cook for 1 or 2 minutes, then drain.

Melt the margarine in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook the turkey 2 to 3 minutes on each side, or until browned and no longer pink on the inside. Remove the pan from the heat and set aside.

Place the garlic and shrimp in the already heated saucepan and cook, stirring constantly, 1-2 minutes or until the shrimp is no longer pink.

Prepare the hollandaise sauce according to the package directions.

Place each turkey cutlet on a plate. Top the cutlet with the asparagus and shrimp. Pour the hollandaise sauce over the top and serve immediately.

  • Yields: 2 servings
  • Preparation Time: 30 minutes

Variations on Cornish Game Hens

Cornish game hens make an excellent choice for couples wanting to have that traditional feeling for Thanksgiving. Two birds will be more than enough to serve two people. Choose the flavoring option that appeals to you most. If you find two favorites, save one for another special occasion -- Christmas, Valentine's Day or a birthday perhaps.

Basic Instructions

    Start with two hens weighing 1 to 1-1/4 pounds each and one of the flavoring options below. Roast the hens at 375 degrees for about 1 hour, or until the juices run clear when a thigh is pierced with a knife and a meat thermometer inserted in the hen registers 170 degrees.

Apricot Spice Glaze

    In a small bowl, mix 1/4 cup apricot jam, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard, and 1 tablespoon honey. Roast hens as directed. Brush the apricot glaze over the hens during the last 15 to 20 minutes of roasting.

Garlic-Herb Rub

    Mix 1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic, 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme, 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary, and 1 teaspoon finely chopped sage. Loosen the breast skin of each hen and rub one half of the mixture under the skin of each bird. Roast as directed.

Lemon-Basil Flavoring

    Rub the outside of the hens with a cut lemon and brush with melted butter. Place one lemon half and sprig of fresh basil into each cavity. Roast as directed.

Mustard-Herb Rub

    Coat the outside of each hen with about 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard. Sprinkle with a mixture of dried tarragon, basil and thyme. Roast as directed. Deglaze the pan with 1/2 cup white wine and serve with the pan juices.

Orange Glaze

    Mix 1/8 cup thawed, frozen orange juice concentrate, 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard, and 1 tablespoon honey until well blended. Brush the glaze over the hens during the last 15 to 20 minutes of roasting.

Oriental Glaze

    Mix 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 1 tablespoon chicken broth, and 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil. Brush the mixture over the hens and pour a little into the cavities before roasting as directed above.
  • Yields: 2 servings
  • Preparation Time: about 1 hour and 10 minutes


Chicken Breasts in Champagne Sauce

What could be more festive than a rich, creamy chicken dish featuring champagne? Try serving this dish with seasoned brown and wild rice and a tart cherry and cranberry sauce. You won't even notice that there's not a turkey on the table!
  • 2 chicken breast halves, boned
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 2 T. butter
  • 1/4 c. finely diced celery
  • 1/4 c. finely diced white part of leeks
  • 1/2 c. finely diced mushrooms
  • 1/4 c. chicken broth
  • Flour for dusting
  • 1/3 c. champagne
  • 1/3 c. heavy cream
Remove the skin and any bits of fat on the chicken breast halves. Season them lightly with salt and pepper on both sides, then place the breasts between 2 sheets of wax paper and flatten lightly and evenly with a meat mallet.

In a large skillet, heat the butter and sauté the diced vegetables over low heat for 1 minute, stirring. Add the broth, cover, and cook very gently for about 5 minutes, or until almost tender; check to see if more broth is needed -- the vegetables should not brown. Carefully move the vegetables to the sides of the pan.

Quickly dredge the chicken breasts in flour, shaking off any excess, and add them to the pan. Sauté them gently 30 seconds on one side, then turn them, strew the vegetables on top, and add the champagne. After the mixture has boiled for a few seconds, stir in the cream, cover, reduce the heat, and cook gently for 5 minutes. The sauce will have thickened; if it is too thick, stir in a little more broth or cream. Taste and correct the seasoning if necessary.

  • Yields: 2 servings
  • Preparation Time: 30 minutes

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