Thursday, September 22, 2011

Thai Ground Turkey Salad

Ground Turkey never gets much respect. Generally, I would say it deserves its reputation as the red-headed step child of the meat world. I still remember my first exposure to it: during my teenage years living at home, when my mother tried to lighten up our family dinners. Her not-so-delicious meat loaf was made even less so by the addition of some not-such-good quality lean ground turkey.

My local grocer Stew Leonards, however, has some "naked" (ie. hormone free, vegetarian fed) ground turkey that has a respectable flavor and occasionally goes on sale for the steal of $2.99 a lb. Thus I found myself tonight staring at a package of the stuff, without a recipe on tap.

I decided to make a salad with bold, Thai flavors to boost the blandness of the turkey. Here is the sauce I whipped up (just mix all ingredients together):

1/3 cup olive oil
1/3 cup rice wine vinegar
1 tbs. fish sauce
1 tsp. chili garlic paste
1 tbs. dark sesame oil
2 minced garlic cloves
1 tsp. fresh minced ginger
pinch of stevia
fresh ground pepper

I browned the ground turkey, then added a sliced red pepper, shredded carrots and a sliced jalapeno to the skillet. After a couple of minutes I stirred in half the sauce with some chopped scallions.

Finally I served the whole thing on a bed of romaine, dressed with the rest of the sauce.

This was so good I couldn't stop eating it. Seriously. I ate my own portion. I kept eating out the skillet. I had a few more bites straight out of the bowl. Ground turkey, getting LOTS of respect tonight...

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