The Eat Food NOT Money Cookbook

Turkey Polpettone

I believe I told you before that I get the Betty Crocker newsletter sent to my email weekly. I just love the featured recipes they send me and I usually try at least one of them. I got one today that looks absolutely scrumptious so I just had to share it with you. This recipe comes from award-winning TV chef Michael Chiarello and is created with Progresso® panko and Italian style bread crumbs.

Turkey Polpettone

Prep Time: 20 min
Total Time: 45 min
Makes: 4 servings

What you’ll need:

For patties:

1 lb ground turkey
1/2 cup Progresso® Italian style bread crumbs
2 tablespoons thinly sliced green onions
1 egg yolk
2 teaspoons chopped fresh sage leaves
1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated lemon peel
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon sea salt, preferably gray salt
Freshly ground black pepper
2 oz whole-milk mozzarella cheese, cut into 4 equal pieces

For coating:

1/2 cup Gold Medal® all-purpose flour seasoned with salt and pepper
1 cup Progresso® panko crispy bread crumbs
1 egg

Olive oil for frying

1. Heat oven to 350ºF. Place turkey in large bowl. Add remaining burger ingredients except cheese; work in gently by hand. Divide mixture into 8 equal pieces. Flatten each piece into round patty. Top 4 of the patties with a piece of cheese and then with second patty. By hand, press edges together to seal and make patties of even thickness.

2. On separate sheets of waxed paper, place seasoned flour and panko bread crumbs. In shallow bowl, beat egg lightly. Coat patties lightly with flour mixture, next dip into egg and then coat with bread crumbs, pressing crumbs gently onto patties.

3. Heat 10-inch ovenproof skillet over medium heat. Add enough olive oil until 1/8 inch deep. When oil is hot, add patties. Cook about 1 1/2 minutes until nicely browned, then turn and cook other sides 1 to 2 minutes or until browned. Place skillet with patties in oven; bake about 10 minutes until turkey is no longer pink in center.

Make the Most of This Recipe

Michael’s Tips

“These highly seasoned turkey burgers have a surprise inside: an oozing nugget of mozzarella. In Italy, polpettone are large meatballs, and you could certainly shape these into balls and simmer them in marinara sauce. Instead, I make them in a burger shape.”

Michael Chiarello serves these turkey burgers with his Radicchio Salad, also found on BettyCrocker. He serves any remaining dressing from the salad recipe over these burgers.

Nutrition Information:
1 Serving: Calories 580 (Calories from Fat 280); Total Fat 31g (Saturated Fat 8g, Trans Fat 0g); Cholesterol 190mg; Sodium 1170mg; Total Carbohydrate 42g (Dietary Fiber 1g, Sugars 3g); Protein 33g Percent Daily Value*: Vitamin A 8%; Vitamin C 0%; Calcium 15%; Iron 20% Exchanges: 3 Starch; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Vegetable; 3 1/2 Lean Meat; 3 1/2 Fat Carbohydrate Choices: 3

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Cost:
ground turkey – $3.50
dry bread crumbs – $0.99
onion – $1.12
eggs – $1.09/ dozen
mozzarella – $3.49/block
Total – $9.28

February 23, 2009 Posted by | -turkey, MAIN DISHES | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Love is in the air…A Valentine’s Day dinner


Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day ♥ I thought for today I would post an entire meal instead of just one recipe. I’m giving you two main dishes to choose from. Check out the total at the bottom. It’s a lot less than you’d pay at the restaurant for all this!

The main dishes:

Orange glazed chicken

What you’ll need:

1/3 c sweet orange marmalade
1 Tbl hot mustard
2 tsp soy sauce
2 tsp lemon juice
1 – 2 lb Chicken pieces (which pieces are your choice; I prefer breasts but this is good on all parts)
Salt & pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Cover a 1” deep baking dish with foil. Lightly oil the foil. Wash & pat dry chicken pieces & salt and pepper; roast, skin side up, 30 minutes or until cooked through and golden brown. While the chicken is baking, mix together remaining ingredients. Remove chicken from oven and spoon marmalade mixture over all pieces. Return to oven. Change heat to broil and broil chicken 3 to 5 minutes or until the glaze is bubbly. Let sit 5 minutes before serving.

Marinated steaks

This recipe will make more rub than is needed for one meal. Store the leftovers in an airtight container up to 90 days.

What you’ll need:

Steaks
¼ c pepper
¼ c salt
¼ c garlic powder
2 Tbl paprika
¼ c onion powder
2 Tbl meat tenderizer
2 Tbl season salt
1 Tbl celery salt
Soy sauce

In a large zipper bag mix together all ingredients except steaks and soy sauce. Using washed hands rub the mixture over the steaks. Rub it in really good! Rub a small amount of soy sauce over the steaks. Place in a different zipper bag. PLACE IN REFRIGERATOR FOR 24 HOURS, turning occasionally. I’m screaming at you because I want you to get it in the refrigerator today so it will be ready for dinnertime tomorrow =) Bake steaks @ 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until they’re cooked through.

The sides:

Tossed green salad with red wine vinaigrette dressing

What you’ll need:

1 bag mixed greens or desired salad greens
1 pkg croutons
1 Tbl Dijon mustard
¼ c balsamic vinegar
2 Tbl red wine vinegar
¼ c water
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
½ c extra virgin olive oil
¼ c canola oil

Place washed & dried greens in a bowl. Toss in croutons. In a separate bowl, mix together remaining ingredients except oils. Slowly whisk in oils. If you have a salad dressing shaker you can mix this up in it. Be sure to add the oils slowly, mixing well after each addition. Refrigerate any leftovers.

Herb roasted potatoes

What you’ll need:

10 – 15 red potatoes, washed and patted dry
¼ c butter, melted
2 tsp paprika
1 tsp parsley
1 tsp chervil
1 tsp chives
1 tsp tarragon

Cut potatoes in half. Brush the cut sides of each potato with melted butter. In a small bowl, mix together herbs. Place buttered potatoes on a cookie sheet and sprinkle with herbs. Bake @ 325 for about an hour or until potatoes are tender and lightly browned.

The after dinner drink:

A fuzzy thing

What you’ll need:

2 oz vodka
1 oz triple sec
1 ½ oz peach schnapps
1 splash orange juice
1 splash pineapple juice
Sweet & sour mixer (this can be found with the alcohol or on the drink aisle in most grocery stores including Walmart. It is also at the liquor store.)

Pour the alcohol first, then add the juice. Add a little sweet & sour mixer but not too much or it will overpower the juices. Shake before serving and make sure you don’t use too much ice. This drink just needs a little.

The dessert:

Cherry cobbler with crumb topping

What you’ll need:

1 can cherry pie filling
2 Tbl butter
½ c quick cooking oatmeal
¼ c flour
½ c sugar
2 – 4 Tbl chopped pecans

Spray a casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray. Pour cherry pie filling into casserole dish. In a medium bowl, mix together butter, oatmeal, flour, sugar and pecans until crumbly. Sprinkle over the top of cherry pie filling. Bake @ 350 degrees for 20 – 25 minutes. Serve warm.

Cost:
marmalade – $2.12
mustard – $0.79
soy sauce $1.89
lemons – $1.99/4
chicken breast – $5.00/4 pack
sirloin steak – $4.50
seasonings – $3.50
lettuce – $0.89/head
croutons – $1.19
vinegar – $1.19
olive oil – $3.89
sugar – $1.99/4 lb bag
potatoes – $2.00/5 lb bag
butter – $1.75/pound
vodka – $2.50/small bottle
schnapps – $2.50
orange juice – $2.99/gallon
pineapple juice – $2.50
mixer – $3.25
pie filling – $1.99
oatmeal – $1.59
flour – $2.12/5 pound bag
pecans – $3.00
Total – $28.16 with steak
$30.70 with chicken breasts

♥ Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! ♥

February 13, 2009 Posted by | --potatoes, -beef, -chicken, -contains alcohol, -fruit dishes, DELICIOUS DESSERTS, DRINKS FOR ALL OCCASSIONS, HOLIDAYS/SPECIAL OCCASIONS, MAIN DISHES, SIDE DISHES | , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Cinnamon apples

Serve this dessert hot, topped with whipped cream or ice cream.

What you’ll need:

10 apples, cored, peeled and sliced thin
2 tsp cinnamon
1 c brown sugar
2 tsp lemon juice
1 dash salt
1 dash nutmeg

Gently mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. Pour into a casserole dish sprayed with non stick cooking spray. Bake @ 375 degrees, covered, for 45 minutes (or until apples are soft and sauce has thickened) stirring every 15 minutes. Makes 8 servings.

Cost:
apples – $2.25/bag
cinnamon – $1.85
brown sugar – $1.89/ 2 pound bag
lemons – $1.99/4
Total – $3.17

January 3, 2009 Posted by | -fruit dishes, -ice cream, -kids favorites, DELICIOUS DESSERTS | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Old fashioned lemonade

This classic taste takes me back to summer days as a child.

What you’ll need:

6 lemons
1 c sugar
6 c cold water

Cut lemons in half and juice, retaining 1 c fresh lemon juice. Combine juice, sugar and water in a gallon pitcher and stir until sugar is dissolved. Serve over ice. Makes 1 gallon.

How to…

Easily get juice from lemons…

Firmly roll the lemons between your hand and the counter top. The more pressure you put when rolling, the easier the juice is removed.

Cost:
lemons – $1.99/4
sugar – $1.99/4 lb bag
Total – $3.18

December 27, 2008 Posted by | -how to..., -kids favorites, DRINKS FOR ALL OCCASSIONS, TIPS | | Leave a comment

Sweet and sour marinade

Adds a sweet yet tangy flavor to meats or seafood.

What you’ll need:

½ c barbecue sauce
¼ c lemon juice
¼ c pineapple preserves
4 tsp soy sauce
½ tsp ground ginger

In a small saucepan, combine ingredients and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Use as a marinade for shrimp, pork, beef or chicken or for basting while baking or barbecuing. Discard any remaining marinade.

Cost:
barbeque sauce – $1.50/bottle
lemons – $1.99/4
jam/jelly – $1.49/jar
soy sauce $1.89
Total – $2.87

December 25, 2008 Posted by | -sauces/toppings/marinades/dressings, SEAFOOD/FISH | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment