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Turkey Burritos with Cranberry Orange Sauce

In Fun Foods, Poultry, Salad Dressings, Salsas & Savory Sauces, Sandwiches, Panini & Burritos On November 20, 2010 1 Comment

This recipe is the perfect solution for a quick fixin’ of turkey leftovers – in the gourmet mode. The Cranberry Orange Sauce should be made ahead of time and, of course, goes well with our upcoming Thanksgiving dinner. The next day or for the entire post-holiday week, simply sauté some shredded turkey with onions, heat up a few tortillas et voila! The combined flavors of roasted turkey and cranberry orange sauce intertwined with a hot tortilla will satisfy any palate. Buen Provecho!

Prep time: 15 minutes (for the turkey filling & burrito assembly)
Cook time: 15 minutes (for the sauce – makes 2-1/2 cups)
Recipe makes: 4 burritos

For the Cranberry Orange Sauce:
1 teaspoon cornstarch
2 tablespoons cold water
2 cups fresh cranberries
Juice of one orange
1 cup cold water
3/4 cup granulated sugar
One 3-inch cinnamon stick (optional)

1. In a cup, stir together the cornstarch with 2 tablespoons cold water; set aside.

2. Meanwhile, in a 2-quart saucepot, stir remaining ingredients together.

3. Set saucepot on stove burner, uncovered, on high heat setting. Bring to a boil.

4. Reduce heat to low setting and cook, stirring occasionally, for 4 to 5 minutes or until cranberries pop and a sauce has formed.

5. While sauce is simmering, stir in the cornstarch mixture; cook and stir 1 additional minute.

6. Remove and discard cinnamon stick. Transfer the sauce to a Pyrex or porcelain bowl. Cover with plastic wrap, set on a counter and cool completely.

7. The sauce can be made up to one week ahead, stored and covered in a glass or porcelain container and refrigerated.

For the Burritos:

1. In a 12-inch nonstick skillet, heat oil. Add turkey and onion.

2. Cook on medium high heat, stirring occasionally, until onion is translucent and turkey meat toasts and becomes light golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes.

3. Transfer cooked turkey filling to a glass or porcelain bowl, cover and keep warm.

For the Turkey Filling & the Burritos:
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 cups shredded, cooked turkey meat (light or dark meat)
1/2 cup chopped white or brown onion
1/2 cup vegetable or chicken broth
Four 10-inch flour tortillas*

1. Wipe the same skillet clean and place on stove burner on medium low setting.

2. Warm up the tortillas in skillet, two at a time, inverting them occasionally until warmed through.

3. Transfer both warmed tortillas to a flat working surface.

4. With one tortilla in front of you, place 1/4 of the turkey filling one inch from edge closest to you. Slightly spread the filling to the sides, horizontally, until it is one inch from tortilla sides.

5. Beginning the burrito roll up by picking up the tortilla edge closest to you.

6. Roll up the burrito halfway. Fold in the tortilla sides and continue the roll up until you have formed a burrito.

7. Warm up remaining two tortillas and repeat burrito assembly.

Gobble up the burritos immediately!

*Preferred tortilla brands: Guerrero or Diana (other types tend to be dry). Tortillas can be found in most supermarkets or in Latin American markets.

Text and Photographs ©2010 Nancy DeLucia Real

Baja Chicken Tostadas

In Appetizers / Starters, Fun Foods, Poultry On August 12, 2010 2 Comments

On a recent trip to Baja California, Mexico, my husband and I stayed in a condominium resort on the coast. Whenever I want fast food in Baja, I can quickly find a “pollo rostizado” (rotisserie chicken), some tomatoes, lettuce, onions, cilantro and chiles. I then emulate the locals by making a tostada out of whatever ingredients I have found.

Prep time: 15 minutes
Serves: 4 to 6

8 to 12 corn tostada shells
4 to 5 cups precooked rotisserie chicken, skin and bones discarded and meat diced
5 to 6 cups shredded lettuce
1 carrot, peeled and finely shredded
1/2 cup finely shredded purple cabbage
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
One Salsa and … Whatever recipe (found in our Recipes, under “Salad Dressings, Salsas & Savory Sauces)
2/3 cup grated Cotija, Manchego or Pecorino Romano cheese

1. Place tostada shells on a serving platter and the chicken in a serving bowl in center of dining table.

2. In a separate serving bowl, combine the lettuce, carrot, cabbage and cilantro.

3. Arrange a bowl of the salsa and a bowl of grated cheese next to other bowls.

4. Ask each guest to assemble their own tostadas: add some chicken to tostada shell, followed by lettuce mixture, some salsa and a sprinkle of grated cheese.

5. Enjoy with chilled white wine, beer or a shot of Tequila.

Keep in mind that the fun part is trying to eat the tostada while it breaks and falls apart with every bite.

Buen Provecho!

Text and Photographs ©2010 Nancy DeLucia Real

Spicy Indian Chicken

In Poultry On April 2, 2010 0 Comments

Prep time: 30 minutes
Serves 4

I created this recipe for my husband who rates Indian food as his number one choice whenever we go out to dinner. While I avoid the heavily condimented dishes such as curries, I enjoy lighter fare which usually includes lots of vegetables. This chicken dish is spicy, aromatic and a feast for the eyes and palate!

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (safflower or sunflower oil preferred)
1 to 2 Serrano chiles, stems discarded and flesh cut into thin circles
1 each red and green bell pepper, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
1 large red onion, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch rings
2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
1/8 teaspoon each ground cumin, chili and curry powder
Salt, to taste
One pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts or thighs, cut into 2-inch pieces
1/3 cup chicken broth
3 tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro leaves
3 tomatoes, quartered (pulp removed and discarded)

Heat 1/4 cup oil in a 12-inch skillet and stir fry the chiles, peppers and onion on medium heat for 2 minutes. Add the garlic, spices and salt and stir fry 30 seconds longer. Transfer the stir fried vegetables to a plate and set aside.

Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons oil in the same skillet and add the chicken pieces; stir fry on medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in 1/3 cup chicken broth; cover and cook on medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, for an additional 3 minutes or until chicken is cooked through (cut into one piece and taste it).

Add the stir fried vegetables to the chicken in skillet, followed by the chopped cilantro leaves and tomatoes. Stir to heat for 1 minute, and add salt, to taste.

Serve immediately with steamed rice and a glass of chilled Pinot Grigio wine.

Vegan Variation: Replace chicken with one package extra firm tofu, cut into 1-inch squares. Instead of chicken, stir fry tofu pieces in 4 tablespoons oil, on medium-low heat, 1 to 2 minutes per side or until golden brown. Follow remaining recipe directions.

Tip: If desired, add a little more cumin, chili or curry, to taste. If making this recipe with kids in mind, do not add more spices and omit the Serrano chiles.

Note: I prefer a curry powder called Neera’s Curry Masala (An Authentic Indian Spice Mix), which is a blend of over 20 different exotic spices used for curries and vegetable sautes. This product is sold on, at gourmet and ethnic food shops.

Text and Photographs © Nancy Real 2010