If you are a weight watcher like myself, recipes using lean meat are always of interest to me, especially turkey, a rich source of protein. Skinless turkey is low in fat. Turkey meat is a source of iron, zinc, potassium and phosphorus. It is also a source of vitamin B6 and niacin, which are both essential for the body's energy production.
Regular turkey consumption can help lower cholesterol levels. The meat is low-GI and can help keep insulin levels stable. Turkey contains the amino acid tryptophan, which produces serotonin and plays an important role in strengthening the immune system. It is also a source of selenium, which is essential for thyroid hormone metabolism. It also boosts immunity and acts as an antioxidant.
Here’s a ground turkey recipe with an Asian twist:
Thai Sesame Patties
5 green onions, chopped
1 c. parsley, finely chopped
5 cloves garlic, diced
2 tsp. fresh ginger, finely diced
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground pepper
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes (or more to taste)
1 1/2 lb. lean ground turkey
2 Tbsp. toasted sesame seeds
1 1/2 tbsp. soy sauce
1/2 tbsp. sesame oil
1 tbsp. canola oil
Sweet Chili Sauce
1 c. sweet chili sauce
1/4 c. soy sauce
1/4 c. red wine
Combine all the ingredients except for the oils in a medium sized bowl, mixing completely.
Divide the turkey mixture into 20 rounds, flattening slightly into an oval shape (an ice cream scooper is useful here for even-sized patties). Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
Meanwhile, combine ingredients for the Sweet Chili Sauce in a small mixing bowl and whisk thoroughly.
Heat the oils in a large skillet. Add the patties and cook for about 10 minutes, turning every so often to achieve a golden color. Serve with Thai sweet chili sauce.
This dish needs a light, white palate cleanser that will alternately keep you coming back for more. Pair this with Fess Parker’s 2014 Rodney's Dry Riesling. A Santa Barbara County Riesling from Rodney’s Vineyard located on the Fess Parker estate, Wine Enthusiast gives this vintage 90 points, writing: "Orange blossoms, petrol and 7-Up aromas show on the soft but punchy nose from this single-vineyard bottling. The palate is texturally intriguing with a pithy grip, as dry flavors of tart apples, chalk and pink lemonade meld for a classic and age-worthy profile."
Or try Lucas & Lewellen’s 2014 Santa Barbara County Riesling. These white Riesling grapes were grown in their Los Alamos Vineyard. Cool nights and mild, sunny days combine to provide a long growing season, giving the grapes plenty of time to ripen slowly and develop maximum varietal character. The Riesling grapes are hand-harvested and cold fermented to preserve their fresh flavors and aromas. This was made in the style of beautiful German Riesling, bigger, more dry and crisper with honeyed, melon-tinged, spicy spearmint and tropical cherimoya flavors typical of the vineyard.