Turkey Surprise

jennifer1by Virginia S Nelson

Hi, I thought it would be nice since this is a new blog to introduce myself. I’m Virginia, aka V and please, by all means, call me V, all my friends do.

Now that I’m retired, I write books for a living … if you can really be retired when you work 8 to 10 hours a day at the computer.

Writing isn’t new to me… You see when I was working as a teacher, here and aboard, I also wrote in my spare time. But that writing was all together different. Back then I labored over history text books and put together many self help books for the spiritually inclined seeker.

Today, I enjoy combining two of my favorite subjects; Native American lore and Egyptian mythology while creating paranormal and urban fantasy worlds. I was recently asked to republish an updated version of my Native American Cookbook and so today with the holidays just around the corner, I thought I would share one of my favorite recipes from that book with you. This recipe can be made with store purchased turkey breast. See additional notes for modern spicing it up.

Wild Turkey & Apple Casserole

Food Stylist: Cyd Raftus McDowell Prop Stylist: Paige Hicks

1 Tablespoon Butter

2 Tart green skinned Apples (peeled, cored and chopped)

1 Medium sized onion (chopped)

2 Egg Whites

1 teaspoon each

Thyme leaves

Dry sage leaves

Pepper

½ Cup Chopped Parsley

½ Cup Dry Bread Crumbs

½ Cup Milk

1 ½ lbs ground Turkey Breast

1 ¼ teaspoon Dry Marjoram Leaves

Melt butter in frying pan over medium heat

Add apples and onion. Stirring occasionally over medium heat, cook until soft.

(about 10 minutes)

Let cool for another 10-15 minutes before adding to ground turkey in large bowl.

Add Marjoram, Thyme, Sage, Pepper, Parsley, Bread Crumbs.

Mix egg whites and milk in small container then add to mix above. Mix well.

Pat mixture into loaf or casserole pan.

Bake at 350 degrees until browned on top and is no longer pink in center (about 1 hour)

Drain fat from pan.

Serve hot or cold.

ADDITIONAL OPTIONS:

Add 1 cup of dried or fresh cranberries to give your casserole that special holiday flair.

I hope you will give the above recipe a try – either this year or the next. I’m sure you’ll find the taste desirable and different from most.  I’ll be back again next month with another post and maybe one of my favorite Christmas recipes.  Always, V

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