Ground Turkey


Peggy picked our theme for Eating with Ellie this week – STUFFED!!  That meant we could make anything that was filled or stuffed with something else.  Ellie has quite a few recipes that fit this category but I have had one in mind for quite a while.

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These are Ellie’s Turkey Sausage-Stuffed Pizza Pockets

and they are tasty.  The filling is turkey Italian sausage browned and mixed with spinach or arugula, marinara sauce, and mozzarella cheese.  The filling was so good I easily could have eaten it with a spoon.

I couldn’t find Italian turkey sausage so I used regular and added some Italian seasoning. That worked well.  I also made my own Whole Wheat Pizza dough because I couldn’t find that either.  Ellie said we could use any marinara sauce so I used some that I had made last summer.  

I liked these and plan to freeze the ones that are left.  They are from Ellie’s latest book – You Have it Made. {page 223}  Most of the recipes in the book are made for freezing and doing ahead.  Good plan for these.  

We all stuffed something this week.  Check out what the others made -> Stuff It!

We’d love to have you join in with Eating with Ellie.  We don’t include the recipes.  We’d rather you bought Ellie’s books.  There are some recipes on line.  This pizza pocket one is there on Ellie’s website.

The theme for this week’s I Heart Cooking Clubs is also STUFFED!!  so I am going to kill two meals with one plate!!

I have wanted to make Italian Wedding Soup for ages. But the thought of making lots and lots of little meatballs has always kept me away. And then along comes Ellie with her short cut SHOTGUN wedding soup. All the ingredients without the fanfare meatballs!! SHOTGUN!! Instead we simply browned some ground turkey and made the soup with that. I left some larger chunks of the ground turkey and kind of had meatballs.

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The soup was light and filling and quite tasty. The real flavor comes from the cheesy egg mixture which is drizzled into the soup while it is cooking. Ellie calls for Parmesan but the only nice hard cheese I had was Pecorino-Romano. It was perfect. The saltyness of the cheese brought out the flavor of the soup a lot. With the spinach barely wilted in the soup it is also a very healthy soup. It would be great with a hunk of rustic bread.

The recipe is on page 68 of Ellie’s Weeknight Wonders. If you would like to join us on Thursdays just leave a comment on the Eating with Ellie webpage. The recipes we are making are all from Weeknight Wonders and are listed on the page. You can also visit with the other Eaters while you are there and see how they liked this soup. My choice this week, by the way.

It has been quite a while since I have done an Ellie recipe. I just have not felt like cooking – at all!!

But I think I am out of my slump now and ready to hit the kitchen running!!

What better way to get back into it than with a nice healthy recipe from Ellie!

This is what Ellie said was, “…square in the comfort zone for me with all the homey flavors…” And she is right. All the same ingredients I put in my meatloaf except for the turkey. I have never really used ground turkey that much. But this wasn’t bad. We could get used to it. It does have plenty of flavor. Onions, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, red bell pepper. Yep! Lots of flavor. The only problem I had was that it was pretty crumbly when I went to slice it up. It actually sat for about 45 minutes after cooking in a warm oven because an emergency errand came up. Ellie says to let it sit about 10 – 15 minutes. Not sure why it was crumbly because it was not dry at all.

One tip I learned. I use oatmeal in mine for filler but Ellie says to soak the oatmeal in milk before adding to the other ingredients. Did make it easier to work with!!

The recipe is in Ellie’s The Food You Crave on page 216. If you like using ground turkey you will like this meatloaf.

Please visit the other CEinMB members and see what they made this week.

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