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Turkey and Brie Quesadillas w/ a Roasted Apple Pico de Gallo

Whether you’re hosting a ladies brunch, a dinner party or would just like to elevate your weeknight dinner with an EASY, yet impressive meal…this recipe will do the trick!  

The sweet and savory flavors are just outstanding!  You also have creaminess from the brie, sweetness from the roasted grapes and cranberries, freshness from the spinach and a nice crunch from the apples, pecans and browned tortilla.  Flavor sensation bliss!

…And don’t you dare say that you “cannot cook” or it sounds “too hard” or “too fancy”.  You can and it’s neither!  This entire recipe will take less than an hour to prepare whether you use it for a meal or an hors d’oeuvre.p at your next get together…and who can’t slap together a flipping quesadilla, because that’s exactly what it is!

*the Pico de Gallo can be made ahead of time and refrigerated until use.

*I recommend the best, quality deli roasted turkey.  My local grocer here in Texas, HEB, actually rotisserie’s whole turkeys and I have them slice up one pound on a number 2 setting.

The Starting Lineup

  • 1 lb quality deli turkey, sliced thin
  • 8 oz wheel brie cheese, sliced
  • 4 10″ flour tortillas 
  • 1 1/2 cups Spinach leaves, fresh
  • 2 sweet onions, sliced
  • 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • Butter, 1 /2 stick, divided

Roasted Apple Pico de Gallo

  • 1 large honey crisp apple, sliced and chopped
  • 1 cup seedless red grapes
  • 1/2 cup cranberries, fresh (frozen is fine)
  • 1/4 cup green onions, sliced
  • 1/4 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and finely diced (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp honey, divided 1:1
  • 1 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 1/4 tsp cinnamon, divided

Begin this simple, but oh so fancy tasting recipe by preparing the sweet pico de gallo…preheat your oven to 375 degrees and line a small baking sheet with foil.

While the oven is preheating you’ll begin to caramelize the onions.  In a sauté pan over medium low heat, place the sliced onions and 3 tbsp butter (plus a pinch of salt and sugar) and allow to cook down till soft and that beautiful caramel color.  Meanwhile….


In a large bowl, gently fold together the grapes, cranberries (again, completely frozen here is just fine), 1 tablespoon of the honey,  1 Tbsp melted butter and 1/4 tsp of the cinnamon.  Pour onto the baking sheet in a single layer.  Place in the oven and allow to roast for 20 minutes.

Once finished, pour the roasted grapes and cranberries, plus juices, back into the large bowl and allow to cool.  Remember, you’re still cooking down those onions…

To the cooled, roasted fruit:  add the apples (I like to chop right before to avoid browning), green onions, pecans, jalapeño (optional) and remaining 1 Tbsp of honey and 1 tsp of cinnamon.  Toss gently to coat together. 


In a small bowl, whisk together the Dijon mustard and the honey.

Assembly time!!  Preheat a large skillet to medium heat and add 1 tbsp of butter to melt.  On each tortilla, spread 1 Tbsp of the Dijon-honey mixture on one side and lay (uncoated side down) into the hot pan.  Top half of the tortilla with the sliced turkey, spinach, brie slices and the caramelized onions.  Fold in half and allow to brown; flip to brown the other side.  Repeat with remaining ingredients.  Makes 4 filling quesadillas.

Allow to cool for 2-3 minutes and using a pizza cutter, slice each browned quesadilla into 4 triangles.  Place the slices on a large platter along with a bowl of the Roasted Apple Pico de Gallo for garnishing…enjoy!!  

Albuquerque Turkey Melt

Now I must admit that I purposely buy the best in-house roasted turkey from our local deli just so I can eat these all year long.  However, this sandwich is best when it’s used as a fun way to use up that glorious left-over turkey!

Growing up we had the usual turkey day leftovers:  your basic plate, your basic turkey sandwich, turkey ala king, turkey soup…now they’re all quite delicious, I’ve just been there too many times for too many years and was ready for a flavorful change!  ..and here it is!

The Starting Lineup

  • Fresh carved turkey, homemade or deli
  • Texas toast bread
  • Swiss cheese, slices
  • Roma tomatoes, sliced
  • Avocados, sliced
  • Red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 can Hatch green chiles, hot
  • Mayonnaise
  • Parmesan cheese, fresh grated
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 4 Tbsp butter

Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees.  Grate the parmesan cheese and lay the cheese out on a baking sheet.  Beat the 4 eggs in a shallow dish. albqturk4.JPG

To assemble the sandwich, smear a good amount of mayonnaise on the 1 side of each piece of bread.  Next place on a slice of Swiss cheese, followed by the turkey, tomatoes, avocado slices, red onion and green chilies.  *You can also add another slice of cheese on the opposite side of the bread if you like it real ooey-gooey cheesy!

Next, heat the butter in a pan over medium heat.  Carefully dip the prepared sandwich into the egg mixture and place onto the grated parmesan cheese. Coat both sides of the dipped sandwich with the cheese.  Again, carefully, transfer the dipped and coated sandwich onto the heated pan and cook both sides till slightly browned.  Place each browned sandwich BACK onto the baking sheet and transfer these to the preheated oven.  *The oven will cook the dipped sandwich completely through and melt that cheese perfectly!

Bake the sandwiches for about 10 minutes.  Allow to rest for 2-3 minutes, cut on the bias and serve.  Enjoy!!!

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Green Chilé Turkey Meatballs

Here is an insanely flavorful and healthy recipe that will give the normal hum-drum appetizer or hot meatball sandwich a run for its money!  That’s right..these baked turkey meatballs can be used in a multitude of ways (a spin on the traditional albondigas soup anyone??)!  Plus, they are NOT dry or crumbling once browned and ready to eat.  It is really such a yummy alternative to the classic recipe.

Today though, I show you the above mentioned, a fun holiday appetizer and a filling hot hoagie sandwich!  …and BOTH don’t hurt your waistline too bad either 😉 Win!!

*I have a favorite green sauce from my favorite grocer, HEB, literally called ‘That Green Sauce’.  It’s a semi-thick, creamy roasted green chile sauce.  Feel free to use your favorite (even a tomatillo sauce)..or order from HEB online 😉

*For all my fellow ‘railroad wives’, prepare the sandwich as instructed below.  Wrap in foil and your spouse can heat them up on the trains engine as my hubby does!

The Starting Lineup

  • 3lbs ground turkey (85/15)
  • 1 poblano pepper (2 if making hoagies)
  • 1 Anaheim pepper
  • 1 jalapeño pepper
  • 1 Serrano pepper
  • 1/2 onion, finely diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped (divided 1:1)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs 
  • 3 eggs
  • Hefty pinch each of salt, pepper & cayenne pepper
  • Spicy green sauce, for garnish

If making the delish toasted hoagie:

  • Bakery quality sub/Bolillo rolls
  • Pepper jack cheese slices 
  • Roasted poblano pepper slices
  • Cilantro
  • Spicy green sauce
  • Mayonaisse   

We’ll start this bursting with flavor recipe by placing our 4-5 chilé peppers onto a foil lined baking sheet, then pop it into the oven on broil (just inches under broiler).  Make sure to turn the peppers ever so often to blacken all of the sides.  You can also do this over an open flame (gas stove or grill).  Once blackened immediately place into a large bowl covered with Saran Wrap and set aside to steam. 

 After about 10-15 minutes, the peppers skins will loosen up and peel off the peppers easily.  Then slice open each pepper and scrape out the seeds and chop up.  *if making the hoagie, then reserve one of the roasted poblanos and cut into long strips after scraping out seeds and removing the blackened skin.  Set aside. 

 
Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line two large baking sheets with foil.

In a small bowl, combine the panko and the milk, allow to soak together.  

In a large bowl, combine the ground turkey, the 4 roasted and chopped peppers, onion, garlic, parsely, 1/2 of the cilantro and the spices, followed by the eggs and the panko-milk mixture.  With you hands (natures best tools!), mix together until all of the ingredients are evenly distributed. 

  

this picture makes me horribly dizzy…


Now, again, with your hands or an ice scream scoop, make the turkey meatballs (about large golf ball size) and place onto the prepared baking sheets.  Once you have them all finished, place the sheets into the oven for 40-60 minutes, until no longer pink in the middle and nicely browned on the outside.  *depending, you may have to alternate racks once or twice during baking for even cooking. 

 Once they are finished, remove from the oven and allow to rest for 5 minutes…

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NOW…if you’re making these for an appetizer, then place on a pretty platter alongside a spicy green sauce for dipping and garnish with the remaining chopped cilantro overtop.  Gorgeous and fun!! 

 OR….if you’re making a meal out of these flavorful meatballs then try this on for size!!  Slice your hoagie rolls in half and apply 1 Tbsp of mayonaisse to each side.  On the bottom slice, lay down a few meatballs and a nice slice of pepper jack cheese and put this into your oven (on broil) for just a couple minutes (until bread is toasted/cheese melted).  Remove from oven and garnish with the reserved chopped cilantro, roasted & sliced poblanos and a drizzle of your spicy green sauce!  Soooo gooooddd!!!! 

 Enjoy!! xo

Turkey Pesto Melt

A quick lunch or pair with a bowl of warm soup or a crisp salad for an easy, tasty dinner!  This sandwich came about from some ingredients I had leftover in my fridge and hy hubby’s stomach couldn’t of been more pleased.

Of course, feel free to switch up the flavors here for what you may have on hand in your refrigerator.  This can just be a base model, so suit to you & your family’s taste!

The Starting Lineup

  • Loaf fresh bread (ciabatta, sour dough..)
  • Quality carved deli turkey
  • Basil pesto
  • Mozzarella cheese medallions
  • Fresh, ripe tomato slices
  • Mayonnaise 
  • Butter 
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Balsamic Reduction (optional)
     

Preheat a skillet to medium with 1-2 tbsp of butter.  You can also use a panini press if you have one available.

Cut the bread loaf into 1-2″ thick slices, if possible please use a serrated bread knife for this.  You’ll thank me.

On one side of your bread, spread with a layer of mayonnaise.  This will be the side that touches the hot pan.  As I’ve mentioned before, most old school diners use this method (mayo) whenever making their grilled cheeses, etc.  This makes for a fabulous crust, where as butter just gets soggy, and it easily spreads from corner to corner!

Flip these bread slices over.  On the other side, you’ll now want a good slather of your pesto sauce.  Lots of flavor here already! 

  

Ok…easy enough, right?  Next, top one slice with your turkey, then tomato slices (a sprinkle of salt & pepper over the tomatoes) and finally the mozzarella cheese.   I prefer the tomatoes to not touch the bread, but have a barrier with the meat and cheese.  Leads to, again, less soggy bread.   I’m always thinking… 😉 

I added a drizzle of sweet balsamic reduction ..just because.

Last step before griddle time!  Place the remaining slice of bread onto your filling (pesto side down) and there is a beautiful sandwich…but now, let’s make it taste even better!
Place this beauty into your preheated, buttered skillet.  Cook for 3-4 minutes or till browned.  Turn over (carefully) for another round on the other side.

 

Once golden and crunchy outside, with that mozzarella nice and gooey inside you’re ready to serve!  Cut in half on the diagonal and chow down! 

 

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