Cozy Turkey Stew
April 27, 2010 Leave a comment
I live in Los Angeles and yet I am always surprised when it’s cold or rainy in the spring time. Last night was one of those chilly nights, so as soon as I came home I took out my favorite blue Le Creuset dutch oven that my dear mother-in-law Nancy gave me during my last trip to Texas. She literally pulled out 2 GORGEOUS Le Creuest pots to give me because she never used them, my husband didn’t want to schlep the heavy pots home, but we all know he quickly lost that battle when I stuffed them in my carry-on…. So I was ready to make a a big pot of turkey soup with fresh veggies. I got all my ingredients chopped and ready, started to saute the onions and veggies, and when it was time to add in the water I tasted my concoction and loved it as-is. I thought to myself, why not just turn it into a stew? And with a few tweaks my first ever rainy day turkey stew was born!
COZY TURKEY STEW
1 med onion diced
2 carrots diced
3 celery diced
2 garlic cloves smashed and chopped
1/2 cup sliced crimini mushroom
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 large zucchini squash peeled and diced
1 large zucchini square peeled and cut into huge chunks
3 sprigs of sage
1 pound of chopped turkey ( I prefer breast, you can use dark, or a combination of both)
1 sweet potato chopped
1/3 cup paprika
4 tablespoons garlic powder
4 tablespoons onion powder
1/2 teaspoon of chili flakes
salt and pepper to taste
Heat olive oil in pot and add onions, carrots and celery and salt. This is a recipe that you will need to salt as you add few ingredients, because turkey and zucchini can taste a little bland, seasoning key. Once softened add mushrooms, cook for one minute and add chopped zucchini squash, yam, salt and pepper. Once veggies have cooked down for about 5-7 minutes taste and add sage leaves and any additional seasoning you feel it needs. Return turkey back to pot and add paprika, garlic, onion powder and chili flakes and reduce heat and simmer for 30-40minutes. Please taste this dish as you go, mine seemed really bland in the beginning so I added more of all the seasoning.
The best part of this stew is that the zucchini squash breaks down and all the flavors meld into this mushy yummy goodness…enjoy!