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Monday, April 13, 2020

Recipe corner: Spicy turkeyroni

It kinda looks like this when it's done, but not exactly like this.
I have not made this in a while but my signature dish has to be spicy turkeyroni. Based on the beefaroni approach, it's actually almost good for you if you use whole-wheat macaroni and low-fat cheddar.

The components:

A package, about a pound they usually are, of ground turkey
One onion, diced
A green bell pepper, diced
A red bell pepper, diced
Couple two three cloves of garlic
A bag of shredded cheddar cheese
Two small cans or one big can of diced tomatoes
Not quite a whole box of whole wheat macaroni, cooked
Cajun seasoning - our beloved local grocery microchain, Adams Fairacre Farms, makes a good blend but I am sure others do too
Tabasco and/or Frank's hot sauce
Some olive oil, obvs.

The process:

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and get out a decent-sized casserole dish
  • Get as large a saucepan as you have and heat it up. Cook the turkey first, seasoning with a little salt and pepper, then scoop out and set aside.
  • Then saute the onions and peppers until they are cooked. Then dump in the tomatoes, crush in the garlic with a garlic crusher and add three to five to seven teaspoons of the Cajun seasoning. (The singing of the refrain of The Band's "Acadian Driftwood" should happen at this point.) Also add a few to several to numerous splashes of the hot sauce(s).
  • Let it heat up for a while, then you have a choice here - either put all the cheese in or save some for a cheese topping. Stir until the cheese is melted, then stir in the pasta. Then dump the whole thing into the casserole.
  • If you didn't top it with cheese, cover with aluminum foil, or the actual lid to the dish if you didn't lose that at some point in your life. If covered with cheese then put it in as it is. Let bake for about 25 minutes - with the cheese topping, you're looking for that to turn your preferred shade of brown.
  • Remove from oven, let cool and serve with whatevs - it pairs quite well with a nice box cabernet or Genesee Cream Ale.

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