When we lived in the US I could buy turkey tenderloins, ground turkey, turkey sausage, and whole turkeys.
Here I can buy turkey legs (including the thigh), turkey cutlets and whole turkeys – but I can only get the whole turkeys at Christmas. The other two are always available.
I love the turkey cutlets. They are thinly sliced and perfect for a quick dinner – either in the skillet or on the grill.
They’re big (turkey!) so I cut them in half for easier handling.
These are finished with a simple pan sauce – we had them with oven fries.
Turkey Cutlets, Balsamic Pan Sauce
Total time: 25 minutes
- 12oz (360gr) turkey cutlets, cut in half
- 1 large shallot, chopped
- 1 tbs olive oil
- 1/2 cup (4oz, 120ml) chicken stock
- 1/2 cup (4oz, 120ml) red wine
- 3 tbs Balsamic vinegar
- 2 tsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp thyme
- 1 tbs maizena (cornstarch) dissolved in 2 tbs water or chicken stock
- In medium nonstick skillet sauté the shallots until tender, 3 – 4 minutes.
- Add turkey cutlets and brown lightly on both sides.
- Add wine, stock, thyme, sugar, vinegar, cover, reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes.
- Stir in cornstarch mixture, simmering a minute until thickened, Serve.
The wine chateau tour….
We live very near to Bordeaux, which, you may have heard, is an area rather noted for its wine.
In between Bordeaux and us there are many other areas that produce very nice wines that you have probably never hear of…..
Or Pécharmant, where we were last week.
We visited Château de Tiregand where we were lucky to get a wonderful tour, in English, by one of the owners.
It’s a small winery. They sell mainly to restaurants and individuals, with only one distributor in the US, in Chicago, and just a few small shops in Bordeaux and Paris.
The Château and vineyards have been in the same family for 200 years. You might recognize the name…. One of them was an author…. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. He wrote a rather famous book titled “The Little Prince”.
You may have heard of it…
It was one of the most educational wine tours I’ve been on.
There were only 4 of us so we had time to ask questions and our guide was very happy to give detailed answers.
Like the word ‘noisette’ on the wine barrel.
Noisette is French for hazelnut. In this case it is telling the cellar master that the color of the interior of this barrel is light brown.
Naturally, we finished the tour with a tasting.
Naturally we finished the tasting with a purchase of a few bottles of their award-winning wines.
I highly recommend a visit if you are in the area, just a few km east of Bergerac.