Turkey with Horseradish Sauce; the Weekly Menu; be careful how you shop

I found horseradish.

You probably didn't realize it was missing.

You have probably heard the 'horror' stories of people moving to foreign countries and not being able to find such American staples as sour cream and peanut butter, both of which, in some form, (usually better) are readily available in most of Europe.

But horseradish?   

No one ever complains about missing horseradish. 

I did…. for years.  No longer.  I found it.

Without it how is one to make a proper Shrimp Cocktail?  

Prawns with Mary Rose Sauce is all very nice, in a genteel old lady sort of way, but when one wants a sauce with some kick for their crustaceans one needs horseradish.

And I found some….

It was in the British Aisle of the local supermarket… And I have to admit it's a bit bland for horseradish.

The stuff I used to buy in the US doubled as a nasal decongestant when I had a cold – open lid, sniff, head cleared instantaneously.

This stuff I can actually eat straight from the jar.  Okay, a tiny bit, but you get the point.

The flavor is their, however, I just need to use more.

And, now that I found it I have to use it…. So I can quickly buy more so that the store will continue to stock it.

One has to be careful with these non-standard items, we learned in Andorra. 

Case in point: the local store bought a case or two of barbecue sauce.  We expats were so thrilled that we all stocked up immediately, cleaning out the inventory in a matter of days.  The store, thinking they were on to something, bought lots more…. Which sat on the shelf for years because all of us who used it had our own well-sticked shelves.  It went passed it's expiry date, the store had to get rid of it and never stocked it again.

We expats walk a fine line.

Turkey with Horseradish Sauce

Turkey with Horseradish Sauce

You can use turkey tenderloin – sliced horizontally to make cutlets, or kept whole and simmered another 10 minutes, then sliced before serving. The combination of mustard and horseradish gives this dish an interesting 'warmth', but not heat like pepper sauce would.

12oz (350gr) turkey cutlets
1/2 onion
2 cloves garlic
1 rib celery
15oz (450gr) whole tomatoes
2 – 3 tbs prepared horseradish
2 tsp Dijon-style mustard
1/3 cup (3oz, 90ml) yogurt
1 tsp dried basil
1 tbs olive oil
2 tsp cornstarch (maizena, corn flour) dissolved in 1 tbs water

Chop onion and celery. Mince garlic. Drain tomatoes, reserving juices. Roughly chop tomatoes. Heat oil in medium nonstick skillet. Add onion, celery, garlic and sauté about 5 minutes. Move vegetables to the side and add turkey cutlets. Lightly brown on each side, about 5 minutes. Remove turkey. Add tomatoes, reserved juices, mustard, horseradish and basil. Stir well. Bring to a boil. Return turkey to pan, reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, 5 – 10 minutes, depending on thickness of turkey. Stir occasionally. (If using a whole, uncut tenderloin, cover and simmer 10 – 15 minutes.) Dissolve cornstarch in water. Remove turkey to small platter. Increase heat under sauce. Add cornstarch and stir until thickened and clear. Add yogurt and stir. Spoon some sauce over turkey and serve, remaining sauce on the side.

In
addition
to
this, for the weekly menu for January 29 we have Braised Pork in Red Wine with Red Peppers, Beef Vegetable Soup, Cheese Popovers, Scallops with Creamy Sauce, Stuffed Cabbage Rolls, Burgers with Paprika Sauce….

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10 thoughts on “Turkey with Horseradish Sauce; the Weekly Menu; be careful how you shop”

  1. You should plant your own horseradish patch – I gather it’s easy enough to grow and then you could have the sinus-cleaning strength whenever you want.

  2. Did I say this recipe looks delicious? lol Got to try that.
    Horseraddish is indeed sinus-cleaning!
    Thanks Katie!

  3. MC, glad you like it….
    Zoomie, I wonder if rabbits like horseradish?
    Hazel, dual purpose foods….
    Val, I was buying powder from Penzeys and bring it back – if you can picture traveling on planes with bags of white powder….
    Gattina, expats learn to embrace the substitution!

  4. Zoomie’s right!! Grow your own horseradish. It grows like a weed. And I don’t think that the rabbits ever nibbled at our horseradish when we were growing it here (not enough sun in our garden now that the trees have grown so tall). They were too busy eating all of our tulip greens.
    I don’t suppose there’s a Chinese market anywhere near you, is there, Katie? They usually have fresh horseradish root. You can plant a bit of it (just make sure that there is nodule on the part of the root you plant)
    I LOVE freshly grated horseradish held together with the tiniest bit of mayonnaise – to go with a grilled chop. And fresh horseradish grated into mashed potatoes is also really wonderful. Remind me to look in the vegetable stands for horseradish.

  5. Elizabeth, I’ve never seen it here raw, either. Chinese market? Near me? I don’t even have such outrageous things as health food or whole food markets near me. I can buy raw foods from the farmers though… But not horseradish. I wonder if I can grow it from seeds…
    I’m going in search of ‘anti-lapin’ something today. They have it for everything else but I suppose they want to eat the rabbits, not chase them away. We tried to talk the neighbor farmer into coming over and hunting them – he has enough of his own. I need a fox, that’s what I need.

  6. Gernot Katzer ) says that the French for horseradish is “Raifort, Cranson de Bretagne, Cran”. That “de Bretagne” looks promising. Perhaps there is a market in Bordeaux (you’re vaguely close to Bordeaux, I think?) that might sell food-like objects of Bretagne?
    I adore French cuisine; I do. But I do think it’s just a little strange that they absolutely refuse to embrace any other cuisine (except maybe a little North African and a little Vietnamese…).
    As for the rabbits ravaging your garden, do you think they know how to read? Maybe you could threaten them with signs indicating that you are in search of rabbits to go into your cooking pots. Maybe post a couple of recipes.
    I’m a bit surprised that they aren’t scared off by your dogs. I wonder if the chili powder on the ground whereever the rabbits are digging might work. This was our method for dealing with the feral cats in our neighbourhood. It worked pretty well. The other thing that worked for me was sticking twigs upright into the garden. But that wouldn’t be at all practical for you. Your garden is giant. On second thoughts, the chili powder method isn’t really practical for you either, is it? It has to be replaced every time it rains.
    Chickenwire… maybe chicken wire laid horizontally over the garden?

  7. Elizabeth, I’ve often thought intelligent critters would be nice. I could explain to spiders that if they stayed out of sight they could continue to live. Catnip is, supposedly, a deterrent and I went to the big garden store and found rabbit repellent, so between the two, and the dogs, I hope I’ll be okay. Once plants are above 6″ the bunnies leave them alone.

  8. Heh, you’re right about the sinus cleaning! The flavor of horseradish provides a good kick and cleaning to the taste buds. Breathing through the nose feels pretty fun once you get used to that spicy chill…

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