Turkey Meatballs in Fig Wine Sauce

Turkey Meatballs in Fig Wine Sauce

As often happens, I altered this recipe from the original that I found in a cooking magazine. Chicken meatballs became turkey meatballs. Port wine became Marsala wine, my favorite secret ingredient. Quick-cooking tapioca became flour. And I added some Key lime marmalade for extra zest. Use orange marmalade if you prefer or whatever else you have in stock. My husband suggested adding onions, so you could buy a container of sliced onions at the grocery store and toss them in. Also, I increased the wine and water from the original ¾ cup each because it didn’t seem like enough.

Ingredients

3 16-oz. packages frozen bite-size turkey meatballs
1 cup sweet Marsala wine
1 cup water
2 Tbsp. flour
½ cup stemmed and chopped dried figs
1-1/2 tsp. chopped fresh rosemary
¼ cup citrus marmalade

Directions

Place meatballs in a large size slow cooker. In a separate bowl, combine Marsala wine, water and flour. Whisk to blend. Add dried figs and rosemary. Pour sauce over meatballs. Heat marmalade in glass measuring cup for 30 seconds in microwave then pour over mixture in slow cooker. Cover and set timer on low for 4 hours. Increase temperature to high for the last half hour. Serve warm with your favorite side dishes. As an alternative, this would make a good appetizer for a party.

Turkey Meatballs

Chicken Bean Stew

Ingredients

5 to 6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
3 Tbsp. olive oil
1 medium onion, cut into chunks
8 oz. fresh sliced carrots
1 tsp. chopped garlic
14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes with juice
14.5 oz. can low sodium chicken broth
1/4 cup dry red wine (or more if needed to moisturize)
15 oz. can cannelloni beans, drained and rinsed

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sprinkle flour on a plate and dredge chicken pieces to coat. Heat 2 Tbsp. oil in a Dutch oven and brown chicken on all sides. Remove from pot. Deglaze with a bit of broth and add 1 Tbsp. oil. Stir in onion and carrots and sauté until onions wilt. Add garlic and stir. Add diced tomatoes. Place chicken on top. Pour broth and red wine over chicken.

Bring to a boil. Turn off burner, cover pot, and cook in oven for 30 minutes. Add beans. Cook for 30 minutes more or until chicken is done. Serves 4 to 6.

Chicken Cacciatore

Ingredients

5 to 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
16 oz. fresh mushrooms
1 Tbsp. minced garlic
1 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 cup dry red wine
28 oz. can diced tomatoes

Directions

In a large skillet, sauté the chicken breasts in olive oil until browned on both sides. Remove to a plate and set aside. Add onion and bell pepper to pan and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Add mushrooms and garlic and stir occasionally until mushrooms are tender. Sprinkle on basil and oregano. Pour in the red wine and bring to a boil.

Cook until wine is reduced by half, about 5 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes and add the chicken to the mixture. Cover and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for 30 to 45 minutes or until chicken is done. Serve over cooked noodles or rice. Makes 4 to 6 servings.

Roast Turkey Breast with Herbs

Ingredients

6 to 7 pound bone-in turkey breast
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 Tbsp. minced garlic
2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
2 tsp. dry mustard
1 Tbsp. rosemary
1 Tbsp. sage
1 tsp. thyme
¾ cup dry white wine

Directions

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Place the turkey breast in a roasting pan, skin side up. In a small bowl, combine olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, mustard, rosemary, sage and thyme. Rub over turkey. Pour the wine into the bottom of the pan. Roast uncovered for 1½ hours or longer until meat thermometer registers 165 degrees in thickest part of breast. Cover breast with foil if over-browning occurs during cooking time.

When done, transfer turkey breast to cutting board, cover with foil, and allow to rest for 15 minutes before carving. Reserve pan juices for gravy. Serves 6 to 8.

Turkey Tetrazzini

Ingredients

16 oz. spaghetti or vermicelli
2 cups cooked roast turkey or 8 oz. package Perdue carved turkey breast
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 chopped onion
1 chopped green pepper
12 oz. sliced fresh mushrooms
10.5 oz. can Healthy Choice cream of mushroom soup
12 oz. package frozen mixed vegetables
4 oz. jar diced pimento, drained
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
¼ cup dry white wine
1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
Paprika

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cook pasta according to package directions, drain, and set aside.

In a large skillet, heat oil. Sauté onion, green pepper, and mushrooms until wilted. Meanwhile, cut turkey into bite-size pieces and put into a large bowl along with cooked spaghetti. Mix in onion, green pepper, and mushrooms, plus mushroom soup, mixed vegetables, pimento, cheddar cheese, white wine, and Worcestershire sauce. Mix well to blend.

Pour mixture into greased 10x14x2 inch baking dish. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese and paprika on top. Bake for 25 minutes, or until heated through. Serves 6 to 8.