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Ground Turkey ideas

Does anyone have any ideas for using ground turkey? I do use it to make burgers and stuffed bell peppers. Just looking for other ideas. Thanks in advance for your input.

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  1. Chili...use pinto beans and mexican tomatoes with an onion and garlic.

    1. Ma po tofu...in case you are unfamiliar with the dish, it uses 1/4 pound of ground pork or turkey and then a package of tofu but it is SO delicious!

      How about turkey n' bean burritos? I've switched out to ground turkey for our burritos for a few years now...if you season the ground turkey, it will have some flavor.

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      1. re: Val

        I was also going to suggest ma po tofu. What we had for dinner tonight. Yum. Also: Lettuce wraps. Chili. Tacos. I've subbed it for almost any place I would normally use gr. beef or pork.

      2. it's really good in american chop suey too or turkey meatloaf

        1. Bar B Q Turkey meatloaf. Process onions, garlic and red peppers. Mix into ground turkey along with a little bar b q sauce and bread crumbs. Form into individual loafs and top with a little more bar b q sauce bake at 400 for about 20 minutes. The veggies make it very moist.

          1. Sloppy joes, Chili, spaghetti sauce, lasagna, taco filling...

            1. We use ground turkey almost exclusively - and always use ground thigh meat since it has a higher fat content. The ground breast meat is not so good IMHO.

              So we use ground turkey whenever we make things like meatloaf (Ina Garten has a good recipe) or meatloaf patties, chili, meatballs, lasagna, enchiladas and more recently we started making picadillo (I don't have a specific recipe for the picadillo - I just searched on this board and found a few posts and went from there - my additional tip is to use good green olives).

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              1. re: pellegrino31

                I'm right there with you. My wife doesn't eat red meat so we sub ground turkey thigh anywhere most people would use ground beef. We grind it ourselves with our kitchen aid or (happily) there are two local markets that grind it daily.

              2. I have a question about ground turkey.

                Do you grind your own? Do you have a butcher grind a piece that you see and like first?

                I am a bit squemish about ground turkey, and what's in it?

                I don't buy ground beef either, nor do I eat sausage.

                And I also wondered if ground turkey, or chicken is any more healthy than buying ground beef? I doubt it!

                Just a question, from a curious consumer. Thanks people.

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                1. re: mcel215

                  I grind my own meat . If its going to be cooked really well I'm not so finiky but when I'm wanting a real burger...
                  If you are trying to avoid fats ground turkey or chicken has noticablely less fat and therefore less flavor( But it is healthier)

                  1. re: mcel215

                    I think that it's quite a bit healthier than ground beef in terms of fat content (unless you go with super lean ground beef and then I think you're giving up all of the flavor anyhow). Ground turkey is just that....ground turkey meat. I often grind my own, but as I noted above, there are a couple of markets near us that grind it daily. Definitely grind your own anything if you're not sure about what's in it.

                  2. I've made this turkey meatloaf plenty of times. Great served with mashed potatoes and maybe some homemade cranberry sauce.

                    Turkey Meat Loaf glazed with brown sugar

                    4 servings

                    ¾ cup brown sugar
                    ¾ cup ketchup
                    2 lb ground turkey
                    3 eggs
                    ¾ cup chopped onion
                    1 ¼ cup breadcrumbs
                    ½ tablespoon ground ginger ( I would add more ginger)
                    ¾ cup milk
                    Parchment paper to line loaf pan
                    Salt and pepper to taste

                    · Preheat oven to 350
                    · Line loaf pan with parchment paper to prevent sticking
                    · Spread brown sugar into bottom of pan
                    · Spread ketchup over sugar
                    · Mix remaining ingredients in bowl, kneading with hands
                    · Form meat mixture into loaf and place in pan
                    · Bake in oven for one hour
                    · Remove from pan, turning it upside down, so brown sugar and ketchup form glaze on top
                    · Allow loaf to rest for 10 minutes before slicing

                    1. Substitute it for ground pork in dan dan noodles!

                      1. I make turkey burgers a lot. I saw RR make them on her show and she puts montreal seasoning in them yum....... I grill them mostly, but frying is ok too.

                        1. Here are two of my own recipes:

                          **Turkey Garlic Meatballs**

                          1-lb ground turkey

                          Dry Ingredients

                          1/4 cup bread crumbs
                          3 Tbs Parmesan cheese
                          2 Tbs dried onion flakes
                          1 Tbs dried parsley
                          1/2 tsp dried mustard powder
                          1/2 tsp granulated garlic powder
                          1/2 tsp onion powder
                          1/2 tsp seasoning salt
                          1/8 tsp ground black pepper

                          Wet Ingredients

                          1 egg
                          1 Tbs crushed garlic
                          2 Tbs olive oil

                          Preheat oven to 350-F.

                          Mix dry ingredients in bowl and reserve until needed.
                          Mix wet ingredients in another bowl. Add meat and mix well.
                          Stir in dry ingredients and knead until well mixed.

                          Form into 32 1-inch meatballs. Place on baking sheet.

                          Bake in oven at 350-F for 50-minutes or until center temperature
                          of meatballs reach at least 165-F.


                          **Turkey Chorizo**

                          1-lb ground turkey
                          1/4 cup cider vinegar

                          Dry Ingredients:
                          2 Tbsp medium hot chili powder
                          1 Tbsp smoked Spanish paprika (use regular paprika if you don't have smoked)
                          1 tsp ground cumin
                          1 tsp salt
                          1 tsp garlic powder
                          1/2 tsp ground coriander
                          1/2 tsp crushed dried basil
                          1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
                          1/8 tsp ground cloves
                          1/8 tsp ground black pepper


                          Combine dry ingredients in small bowl and stir well. Stir in
                          vinegar and mix well to form a paste.

                          In a larger bowl, pour spices/vinegar over ground turkey.

                          Mix well, kneading until all ingredients are well combined into the ground turkey.

                          Place in an airtight container overnight, in fridge, to allow flavors to combine and develop.

                          Form into small patties and cook in frying pan using a little cooking oil of your choice, if needed. Add to omelets, etc.

                          1. I have two kids that just got braces and need "soft foods" for a few days.

                            Last night I made a sherried mushroom risotto and topped it off with ground turkey and sauteed greens. I finished it off with a sprinkle of shaved parmesan.

                            Came out great!