Gluten Free Stuffing

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Gluten Free Stuffing

With all of the grain-less bread options out there you have many healthy options these days.

1-20 Ounce Gluten Free Bread (in the frozen section)

1 Cup Golden Raisins

2 Cups Low Sodium Chicken Broth (1 Cup at a time)

2 Tablespoons D’Avolio Wild Mushroom and Sage EVOO

½ Onion, chopped

1 Medium Blub Fennel, chopped white part only

1 tsp salt

2-3 TBSP Bells Poultry Seasoning

Oil a 3 quart baking pan with a brush.

Preparation

Place break on a cookie sheet in an even layer. Dry in a 250 degree oven for about an hour (flipping about every 15 minutes) or place on sheet a day earlier, defrost and dry on the counter, uncovered. If it is not dry enough, put in oven for about 15 minutes or until it feels like dry toast.

Place 1 cup raisins and 1 cup broth in saucepan and bring to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes and remove from heat. You can also microwave for four minutes. Set aside to cool.

In a heavy skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the EVOO. Sauté onion and fennel until soft, about 10 minutes then cool slightly.

Cube the dried bread roughly and place in a very large bowl. Add salt, poultry seasoning, cooled raisins, onion and fennel; whisk eggs and add to the bowl, tossing lightly with your hands.

Place the mixture in the prepared baking pan. Drizzle with a little more EVOO and another cup of broth. Bake, covered for about 35 minutes at 350 degrees (with other things in your oven) and uncover for the last 10 minutes.

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Mini Turkey Balls with Quick Chunky Tomato Sauce

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Servings: 8
Categories: Chicken & Other Poultry, Sauce & Salsa
Source: JudeTheFoodie.com

Ingredients

• 2 Cups Rolled Oats, toasted
• 1 Cup Parsley, chopped
• 3 Tbsp Onion, finely chopped
• 1 lb Ground Turkey
• 5 oz Asiago Cheese, shredded
• 1 Egg
• 1 tsp Salt
• ½ tsp Pepper
Extra Virgin Olive Oil

• 1 Onion
• 2 Cloves Garlic, minced
• ½ Cup Red Wine
• 2-28 oz cans Diced Tomatoes
• 2 Tbsp Italian Seasoning
• 1 tsp Salt
• ½ tsp Pepper

Directions

In large dry skillet, toast oats 1 cup at a time until brown. They are done when you can smell them. Toss them frequently to avoid burning. Put toasted oats in bowl to cool then toast the other cup.

In large bowl add turkey. Chop onion and add to bowl. Add cheese, egg salt and pepper.

In food processor or blender, chop oats until they are like flour. Add the parsley and chop until seasoned. Add to bowl.

With clean hands, mix the meatball mixture until fully blended.

Line a baking pan with foil. Drizzle Extra Virgin Olive Oil on bottom. With a tablespoon or cookie scoop, evenly scoop about 24 balls and place them in the pan. In a small bowl add about ¼ cup oil. Using fingers from one hand, rub som oil on the other palm then repeat with the other hand. Roll three balls, reapply oil and repeat until done.

Broil until brown on one side, flip being careful not to break them and brown on the other side. Remove into a bowl and repeat the cooking steps with the remaining meatball mixture.

Meanwhile, in large sauce pot, sauté onions until translucent then add garlic. Add red wine and turn heat to high and stir until wine is reduced by more than half.

Add tomatoes, seasoning and salt and pepper. Reduce heat to low, stirring every few minutes. After second batch of meatballs are cooked, remove them to the bowl then gently add meatballs into sauce. Stir carefully and heat through for 10 minutes.

Serve over broccoli or whole wheat pasta.

Have a yummy day!

Quinoa Turkey Mini Balls

I just created a recipe for mini meatballs that uses quinoa instead of breadcrumbs (the recipe is gluten free). It looks kind of strange and there is that slight crunch from the quinoa. I thought I was not going to like it because it really is not a meatball but rather a vegetable ball with ground turkey.

But, as I have been thinking of how different they are, I keep eating them.

Quinoa And Turkey Mini-balls

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Servings: about 50 small balls
Categories: Beef, Veal, Pork & Lamb, Vegetable
Source: JudeTheFoodie.com

Ingredients

• ½ c Red Quinoa, rinsed
• 1 ½ c Chicken Broth

• ½ Eggplant, peeled, finely diced
• 1sm. Onion, finely diced
• 3 Cloves Garlic, finely minced (1 Tbsp )

• ½ lb Ground Turkey

• 1 Roasted Red Pepper, finely diced
• ½ c Parsley, 1Tbsp Thyme

• ½ Grated Cheese
• 1 Egg

• ½ -¾ c Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Directions

Rinse quinoa. In medium saucepan, add quinoa and broth and cook according to package instructions until all liquid is absorbed. Toss with fork and put in large bowl to cool.

Meanwhile, peel and dice eggplant. In heavy skillet, preheat pan on medium heat. Add oil to coat the bottom and add eggplant. Stir frequently. Dice onion and add to pan. Continue stirring frequently. After about five minutes add garlic.

Remove from head. Add diced red pepper, parsley, thyme. Salt and pepper to taste. Cool a few minutes in pan then add to large bowl with the quinoa. Toss lightly every few minutes to cool.

Add ground turkey, grated cheese and egg. With clean hands mix all ingredients together. If it is too dry, add another egg. If it is too wet, add more cheese.

Line a heavy baking pan with foil. Drizzle olive oil on foil.

Add about ¼ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil to a small bowl.

With a tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop out 20-24 balls into oily pan. Dip fingers in oil and rub on opposite palm. Repeat with the other hand. Roll ball lightly and put back in pan. Oil hands about every three balls.

Broil until crisp on one side. Gently flip and broil until crisp. Gently remove from pan, add more olive oil and repeat until done. Makes at least 50 small balls.

I am still deciding what kind of a dipping sauce I would like to use. These would make a great hor d’oeuvre with a cup of toothpicks and some tomato vodka sauce.

I was also thinking of making some orzo, tossing it with olive oil and heating some jar tomato sauce for a delicious entree.

 Any suggestions?

Have a yummy day!!!

Ground Beef Skillet: It’s Chili / Mac & Cheese!

This post originally appeared May 3, 2012. Since then it has gotten more hits than any other cooking post I have put up.

The beauty of this recipe/non-recipe is that when you make it you realize you can change it any way you like. Cook with me and you will learn how to rely less on the written recipe and more on your taste and the taste of the folks who share your food.

 

Please let me know if you make this and how it came out. Feel free to post pictures on my Facebook page.

May 3, 2012

Unnamed but good. Silly name, but that’s what it’s called in our house. The original recipe was on a box of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese. By the way, its macaroni and cheese not pasta and cheese, right? So why do we call it pasta? I dunno!

Anyway…

I cannot find the original recipe cut from the box but if I recall, you brown ground beef, add onion and canned tomatoes. Meanwhile you cook the macaroni. Add the cheese packet and cooked macaroni, canned corn and voila, dinner! My husband “named” it and the “unnamed” stuck.

Well, I haven’t purchased macaroni and cheese boxes since my son was in 9th grade and decided to dedicate himself to swimming and fitness. It paid off for him but denied me some good quick junk food. Ah…the perils of parenthood!

I avoid as much food with ingredients not in their natural state as possible (dried cheese powder?) so I decided to make my own version of this ground beef skillet.

Sauté a chopped onion with a little olive oil in a large skillet and add a few cloves of garlic (I use more than a few but that’s just me) coarsely chopped and stir.

Add 1-2 pounds of ground anything. I like beef but you can use any ground meat. If you do not want to use meat, sauté mixed mushrooms and add more beans. Yum!

While this is browning, put a large pot of water on to boil. Cook 8 ounces of any kind of macaroni being sure to add the longest cooking first. I like to use leftover macaroni and really like the look of the different sizes in the pot.

Once the meat is cooked through add a jar of salsa (we like medium heat), a can of corn, a can of beans (any kind you like) and a small can of tomato paste. Cook through until it has a smooth almost creamy texture. If it is too thick ladle a scoop of the water from the macaroni to get the consistency you like.

Add a bag of cheese to the mixture. I like the cheddar three cheese blend with cream cheese.

Drain macaroni and stir into the meat mixture. Enjoy!

Have a yummy week!

** Ingredient List

1 – Onion, chopped

2-3 Garlic Cloves, minced

1-2 Lbs Ground Anything (Beef, Turkey, Lamb etc) or a mixed variety of mushrooms.

8 oz (1/2 Lb) macaroni

1 – Jar Salsa, small

1 – Canned Corn

1 – Can beans

1 – Tomato Paste, small

2 – Cups Shredded Cheese Blend (preferably with Cream Cheese)

Turkey Noodle Casserole

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Put together this morning…just bake and serve tonight! Recipe to follow. Have a yummy day!!

Turkey Noodle Casserole

Servings: 6
Categories: Dinner, Main Dish, Simple
Source: JudeTheFoodie.com

Ingredients

• 12 oz Wide Egg Noodles
• 1 tsp Salt
• Large Pot Boiling Water

• 2 Tbsp Butter
• 2 Tbsp Flour
• 1 c Milk
• Pinch Salt
• 8 oz Mascarpone Cheese
• ⅓ c Shredded Mild Cheese like Cheddar and Colby

• 2-3 c cubed Turkey
• 1 c Frozen Peas
• 1 c Milk

• 2 Tbsp Butter, Melted
• ½ c Graham Cracker Crumbs (Panko would also be very good)
• ¼ c Parmesan, Grated

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°.

Cook egg noodles one minute less than package directions. Drain then put back into pan. Add a little butter or oil to prevent sticking.

Meanwhile, make white sauce.

In medium saucepan, over medium melt 2 tablespoons of butter. With a whisk, add flour and whisk for a minute or two until butter and flour mixture is cooked. Add 1 cup milk and whisk until thick, about 3-5 minutes. Add a pinch of salt. Turn heat to low. With a heavy spoon soften mascarpone cheese in the container then add to the white sauce and whisk until blended. Add cheese and whisk until blended.

Add the sauce to the egg noodles in the pot. Add turkey, frozen peas and 1 cup milk. Stir gently.

Topping: melt 2 tablespoon butter. With a fork, stir in crumbs and cheese.

Butter a 13″ x 9″ casserole dish. Pour noodle mixture in pan. Lightly top with crumb mixture.

Bake in oven, covered for about 25 minutes. Uncover and cook another 10-15 minutes until bubbly and brown.

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Mom’s Thanksgiving Stuffing

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Gramma Anne’s Thanksgiving Stuffing

Servings:for a 20-23 pound turkey
Prep time: 1:00
Categories: Side Dish
Source: JudeTheFoodie.com

Ingredients

• 1 lb Golden Raisins

• 1 lb Bacon (cut into little pieces)
• 1 lb Sage Breakfast Sausage
• 1-2 Small Onions, finely chopped
• 6-7 Stalks Celery, finely chopped

• 1 Stick Butter

• 2 Bags Stuffing Croutons (I use Arnold Stuffing)

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• 2 Eggs

• Optional:

• Cook the pieces with the turkey like the neck, etc. remove from turkey and bag. Put in medium sauce pan with a quartered onion and peppercorns. Bring to a boil and simmer for an hour. Strain the liquid and use instead of water in the stuffing.

Directions

Put the raisins in a microwave safe bowl, cover with water and microwave for 10 minutes.

In a large skillet, on medium heat cook bacon, sausage, onion and celery until the onions are soft, about 10 minutes.

Remove from heat. Add butter and let melt.

In large bowl, add bacon and sausage mixture and drained raisins. Add stuffing mix to the bowl and add at least a cup of water (or the stock from the turkey parts). Beat two eggs and lightly stir until the mixture is wet.

Chop the turkey parts and remove the meat from the neck and add to stuffing, if desired.

If you are not stuffing your bird or have more than will fit inside, you can butter a table ready casserole, fill with remaining stuffing, add one cup of stock or dry white wine and dot with butter. Bake for about 45 minutes at 350 degrees (or up to 400 degrees depending on what else is in your oven) covered until the last ten minutes. Remove the cover and let get crisp on top. If there is not enough room in your oven, when you remove your turkey to rest for 30 minutes then carve, put the casserole in. It will be perfectly cooked in time for dinner.

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Quick Bite: Thanksgiving Turkey

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Just voted in Youngstown and decided to run over to Melloni’s to order my turkey. Mario just recorded my vote for fresh Amish turkey. God Bless America. Please vote. And, try a fresh turkey this year. You will never regret it.

Have a yummy day!!!

A tale of two stuffings

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The Foodie:

If you read my column you know my mother is an amazing cook and The Foodie’s culinary role model. My mother is like Edward Scissorhands. She could throw a few ingredients up into the air and make something amazing. What a gift!

If my mother is gourmet, my mother-in-law is meat and potatoes. And, that is not a bad thing at all. There is something comforting about the tasty predictability of my MIL’s cooking. You always got a protein (usually roast beef – cooked well done – something that shocked my rare sensibilities when I dined at their table the first time), a starch (who am I kidding … it was a potato and it was likely whipped into creamy mashed potatoes by my father-in-law who used the hand mixer which was stored in the box he made of popsicle sticks).

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Come to think of it, it struck me that a male was involved in the kitchen. I thought all males did on Thanksgiving was complain that we were missing the four o’clock game.

My mother spent days preparing for Thanksgiving. Soup was always involved. One potato, no — both mashed and sweet. Squash, a green vegetable, turkey with homemade gravy, stuffing, homemade cranberry sauce and several types of pie (one was always pumpkin). The pies were all homemade with my mother’s incredible crust which was flaky and buttery filled with a creamy mixture of pumpkin and cream cheese. There was at least one chocolate pie with the scratch pudding which had a film on top, covered with whipped cream. The whipped cream was whipped fresh while the coffee brewed.

My mother’s stuffing recipe has a great deal of Italian influence. It includes both sage breakfast sausage and bacon. There is onion and celery, golden raisins, eggs, stuffing croutons, water and homemade turkey stock. Also included is the meat from the turkey neck, the gizzards (the outside cut off), heart and liver (good thing I did not know that when I was a kid … just sayin’). Mom threw it up in the air and it landed safely in the turkey where it would be baked to crispy/soft perfection. I love that stuffing and will make it on Wednesday. I will put some in the turkey and the remaining will go into a well buttered casserole dish along with some homemade turkey stock.

My mother-in-laws stuffing has day old white bread (she breaks it up by hand), celery, onion, butter, water and Bell’s Poultry Seasoning. That’s it. It is so delicious I can eat it alone. No turkey, no vegetables, no potatoes, just this soft and perfectly seasoned flavored carb ball.
My mother’s and MIL’s stuffing is so different they are like two different foods. I could make both and it would be just like making white and sweet potatoes … both potatoes but completely different.

My mother-in-law cared for her table but did not obsess. There was no kids table since each table was lined up in a row for a long table filled with family and friends. There are tons of aunts, uncles and cousins in my family. Because of that we were usually at our own house for dinner and had dessert together. The dessert house was the house where my grandmother was (most often at my house as my mother is the eldest of her siblings). At my in-laws you got an eclectic combination of family and friends.

There was one thing that was absolutely the same at each house. Both women prepared their food with love and the knowledge they were doing something positive to gather their family and friends. They only wanted to give them a reason to sit at the table and simply share time, the ultimate gift.

It was with this wonderful family that I began to understand that, as my son described to a neighbor friend, some people you are related to by blood and some people you are related to by love.

Happy Thanksgiving from my house to yours!

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Grilled Turkey

An Original Recipe by Jude Russo Caserta

12-15 lb                Fresh Turkey

Seasoning mix:  Corse Salt, Fresh Ground Pepper, Onion Powder, Garlic & Herb Seasoning

1/4 Cup                D’Avolio Tuscan Extra Virgin Olive Oil

4 Cloves               Garlic, smashed

Prepare charcoal grill for indirect heat.

Mix seasoning in small bowl.

Rinse and pat dry turkey. 

With hands, sprinkle some of seasoning mix into turkey leaving half for the outside.  Smash 4 of the garlic cloves and put inside the turkey.  Pour D’Avolio oil on turkey skin and rub well with hands getting over wings and down the sides.  Sprinkle remaining seasoning on turkey and rub in well.  Roast until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.

Remove turkey from grill and cover with foil.  Let cool and slice.  Makes lots and lots of servings.