I happened to be reading an article in USA Today, about the 10 best soul food in America. The article mentioned that one of them was located in a part of Philly that had a large Black Muslim community, so they served turkey chops instead of pork chops. Has anyone ever used seen kosher turkey chops and what have you done with them?
My butcher carries these. The way they're cut up, there's a round bone in them. I made them in the summer, marinated in BBQ sauce and garlic powder, and cooked on the grill. They were fine. Not great, but quick and easy, and good enough especially since I like to grill outside in the summer, but I don't want to have red meat all that often.
hmmmm, im not a big turkey fan but im intrigued. im thinking brine, smoke, ziplock in a water bag with olive oil & lots of herbs d provence, & quick sear. i think ill try this actually.
I have a recipe for turkey osso bucco that I make sometimes that calls for turkey chops. Easy and very tasty
Very common in the south florida kosher butcher shops catering to the elderly population.
These are horizontal cuts up the part of the drumstick closest to the thigh/ They have a small rpound bone in them, similar to a round bone lamb or veal chop.
My mother always used them as she would have used a lamb or veal chop.....breaded and oven fried or on the bbq grill with a little marinade or brushed with chinese duck sauce.
What's interesting to me is that, as I understand it, dark meat turkey is not really all that much better for you than red meat. It has just about the same amount of fat, which is what people are generally trying to avoid when they avoid red meat. Are there other reasons I'm not aware of to avoid red meat?
Well, some people don't eat red meat because it's a mammal, while turkey is fowl.
Here's the nutritional info comparison. To me, dark meat turkey has a pretty clear edge, though it's admittedly not completely apples-to-apples:
Dark meat turkey
Calories from Fat 65
Total Fat 7.2g
Saturated Fat 2.4g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2.1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1.6g
Dietary Fiber 0.0g
Vitamin A 0% · Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 2.9% · Iron 13%
Total Fat 18 g
Saturated fat 7 g
Polyunsaturated fat 0.7g
Monounsaturated fat 8g
Cholesterol 85 mg
Sodium 50 mg
Potassium 302 mg
Total Carbohydrate 0 g
Dietary fiber 0 g
Sugar 0 g
Protein 20 g
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 2% Iron 7%
Vitamin D 0% Vitamin B-6 25%
Vitamin B-12 16% Magnesium 5%
My older brother & I generally avoid beef, veal, and lamb because we have gout (ugh--but we are able to control it without meds and I do eat red meat during the holidays & a couple other times during the year) and my younger brother & his wife avoid them due to prion/mad cow disease issues (she's an epidemiologist).
I asked my mother who was a dietician/nutritionist about the differences and she said the only differences is in the total fat & saturated fat. So if you need to watch these then the dark turkey is better. However she didn't know of any other reason to prefer one over the other.
There's a kosher Baltimore butcher that has these (Shlomo's). They're great grilled, but my mom also makes them over rice- Put the proper amounts of rice and liquid in a casserole dish with turkey shops on top and cook covered. Delicious!