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Nov 2, 2010 07:18 AM

Ideas for cooking with ground turkey (besides burgers, meatballs, meatloaf, etc.)?

I have a lot of ground turkey in my freezer (bought a multi-pack at Costco thinking it'd be easier to use than it has been) and I'm looking for some ideas as to what to do with it. I didn't find very much on my usual recipe search sites beyond the normal turkey burgers, meatballs, etc., so I thought I'd ask you guys. I'm not interested in: burgers, meatballs, shepherd's pie, meatloaf, seven-layer dip, turkey bolognese [already did the last three in the last few weeks]. It doesn't need to be as simplistic as the seven layer dip but I'd prefer for it to not be too much more complicated than a meatloaf or shepherd's pie. Am open to all manner of things: stews, casseroles, stir fries, but not making my own sausages.

Thanks! I also have a bunch of white wine on hand if that happens to be part of any recipe!

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  1. The threads in this search will give you lots of ideas to start...

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    1. re: valerie

      I recently substituted ground turkey for ground lamb or beef in Pastitsio, a highly flavoured
      (tomato, cinnamon, oregano, sheeps milk cheese) meat, pasta and cream sauce dish with Greek roots. It worked well and lowered the fat content.

      I might give it a try with a Morrocan dish as a sub for chicken with apricots and rice that caught my eye.

      In my opinion, the key is that GT needs more help from the accessory ingredients to provide strong flavour, because it tends to cook out bland.

    2. You can use ground turkey to make taco filling and to make chili. My sister makes a recipe she calls Cajun Dressing that she serves as a main dish:

      Cajun Dressing
      1 pound hot pork sausage
      1 pound ground turkey
      1 large onion, chopped
      1 large green bell pepper, chopped
      3 ribs celery, chopped
      6 cups water
      2 packages chicken noodle soup mix
      2 cups uncooked white rice

      Brown sausage and turkey in large pot, stirring to crumble. Rinse and drain. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Place in 4½ qt. casserole and cover. Bake at 350ºF for 1 hour. Uncover and bake 15 more minutes or till most of moisture is absorbed.

      *If you don't want to use the packets of soup mix, I have made this using chicken broth in place of the water and adding some extra seasonings (salt, cayenne, thyme, garlic, etc.). Also, when I make it I use a Le Creuset or Staub Dutch oven, thereby only using one pot.

      1. Funny. I have some ground turkey in the fridge. I was going to make stuffed acorn squash with it, but I forgot to cook my wild rice (which takes about an hour or so) last night, so I'm trying to think of something else to do with it for dinner tonight that won't take too long.

        Maybe this


        1. I know you mentioned no meatball recipes, but how about albondigas soup? I've used the following recipe with success without the mint:

          1. Funny, I just realized I need to deal with my Costco turkey packs too and was searching for something interesting to do with them I found this thread. Somehow I was reminded of this recipe It is not authentic at all, but we like it (and its easy on the calories so we can eat more Halloween candy).