Sabtu, 18 Desember 2010

Asian Inspired Turkey Salad

When I saw Jamie Oliver prepare this salad on his Christmas TV show I knew that I had to try it. Crispy pieces of meat slowly caramelizing in the pan drizzled with honey and sprinkled with chinese spices
caught my eye. I couldn't wait until I had some leftover turkey so I went to the store and bought 2 turkey legs. I  roasted them in the oven for almost 1 hour in order to prepare this lovely salad. I also added some left over chicken that I had sitting in my fridge. The smell of the caramelizing meat spiced with five spice powder and honey was incredible. The juice of the citrus fruits and Ginger added a perfect dressing to this salad. Crunchy pomegranate seeds sprinkled over the dish completed the look of the salad. A perfect pretty and tasty holiday dish. Even my son's plate was empty, although he added some shaved parmesan - but he shaves parmesan over everything no matter what it is.

  • Asian Inspired Turkey Salad:
  • (Jamie Oliver)
  • serves 2 as a main dish, or 4 as an appetizer

  •  2 large handfuls of brown turkey meat
  •  1 large handful of cashew nuts
  •  1 handful of dried cranberries
  •  2 teaspoons ground five-spice
  •  a bunch of fresh mint, leaves picked (I left this out)
  •  a bunch of fresh coriander, leaves picked (I used parsley instead, since that is what I had)
  •  4 large handfuls of mixed salad leaves such as chicory, rocket, spinach, watercress (a mixture)
  •  1 tablespoon runny honey
  •  1 fresh red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped (I used chilli powder)
  • for the dressing
  •  juice of 1 clementine
  •  juice of 1 lime
  •  1 pomegranate, halved
  •  ½ red onion, peeled and coarsely grated
  •  extra virgin olive oil
  •  1 tablespoon soy sauce
  •  1 teaspoon sesame oil
  •  a thumb-sized piece of fresh ginger, peeled and coarsely grated
Shred the brown turkey meat into thin strips using your fingers and put it into a dry pan on a medium heat. Add the cashew nuts, dried cranberries and five-spice. Give it all a good stir then let it toast away while you get on with your salad. Give the pan a shake every now and then to make sure nothing catches.

Add the mint and most of your coriander leaves to a bowl with your mixed salad leaves. Make your dressing in a separate bowl by mixing the juice from your clementine and lime. Squeeze the juice from one of your pomegranate halves through your hands to catch any seeds then discard them. Stir in your grated onion. I tend to use 3 parts oil to 1 part acid when I’m making dressings, so look at what you’ve got in the bowl so far then pour in 3 times as much extra virgin olive oil. Add the soy sauce and sesame oil.

Squeeze in all the juice from your grated ginger then throw away the pulp.Give this lovely dressing a really good stir, and have a taste. If you want more salt, add a splash more soy. If you want more acid, add another squeeze of lime juice. Drizzle over enough dressing to coat the salad leaves then use your hands to toss and dress them.

Add the honey to the pan with the turkey meat and stir through until coated. Turn the heat up to full whack for the last few seconds to really crisp up the meat mixture. At this point, make sure your guests are all at the table and ready to eat so you can serve the salad as soon as the hot meat hits the salad leaves. Toss half of your pan-fried ingredients through the salad leaves and transfer to a serving platter.

Spoon the remaining nuts, cranberries and crispy meat over the top of the salad and add another drizzle of dressing. Hold the remaining pomegranate half over the salad and knock it on the back with a spoon so the seeds pop onto the salad. Garnish with a nice sprinkling of fresh red chilli, any remaining coriander leaves and serve right away.

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