Alice Springs Turkey, a new Westover Leftover

Alice Springs Turkey, made with leftover Turkey.  Thick cuts of Turkey topped with Bacon, Mushrooms, Onions, and Cheese.  Honey, Mustard Dipping Sauce on the side.

     WAIT! . . . WHAT?  Alice Springs Turkey?  You bet!!!  And it’s made with leftover Turkey.  How perfect is that?

     Always, when we go to Outback, I order Alice Springs Chicken.  I love it.  I make it at home regularly.  It has all my favorites.  Chicken, Bacon, Mushrooms, Onions, and Cheese marinated in a wonderful Dijon, Honey, and Lemon Marinade.  The remaining Marinade is served at the table as a dipping sauce. 

     So, after Thanksgiving when we had leftover Turkey, we tried to figure out how to recreate an entirely new meal.  One of our people hates Turkey, but she loves Alice Springs Chicken.  Guess who was crazy over Alice Springs Turkey? 

     The Turkey was cooked, of course, so I didn’t want to marinate it again.  Here’s how I did it:

INGREDIENTS: YIELDS 8 LARGE SERVINGS

Turkey, Cooked and sliced ½” thick (I filled an 8” x 13” pan)

2 tsp Butter

Pepper, Paprika, Garlic Powder to taste

2 cups Mushrooms, sliced

1 large Onion, sliced from top to bottom

12 Slices Bacon

2 ½ cups Grated Cheese (Jack and Cheddar is great, or 2 cups Jack and Colby, or Mexican Cheese blend)

DIPPING SAUCE:

¾ cup Honey

¾ cup Dijon or Brown Spicy Mustard

1 tsp Lemon Juice, Fresh Squeezed

Optional:  1 tsp Sriracha Sauce

     Preparation:  Place all Ingredients in a small sauce pan.  With a Whisk, beat until combined and heat until it comes to a simmer.  Cook 1 – 2 minutes, and remove from heat.

TURKEY PREPARATION:

     Grease your baking dish with the Butter.  Spread approximately ¼ cup Dipping Sauce on top of the Butter.  Lay the cooked Turkey on top.  Spoon a second ¼ cup Dipping Sauce on top of the turkey.  Sprinkle with Pepper, Paprika, and Garlic Powder.  Set aside.

     Preheat a large skillet, and cook Bacon until slightly crisp.  Remove from pan and drain most of the grease.  In the same skillet, cook Mushrooms and Onions until tender.  Lay the Mushrooms and Onions on top of the Turkey.  Top with Bacon, and cover with Aluminum Foil.  Pop it into a preheated 350° F oven for about 15 minutes.

     Remove from oven.  Top with Cheese mixture.  Return to oven uncovered, and give it 5 – 7 minutes for the Cheese to melt. 

     Serve with warmed remaining Dipping Sauce. 

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Japanese Steak, Shrimp and Fried Rice with Vegetables

     I love Japanese food.  I have my favorites and cook just those dishes often.  Below you are going to find authentic Japanese recipes (created by me, a faux Japanese chef).  I will caution ahead of time that this meal is not for the faint of heart.  There is quite a bit of prep work, and once you actually begin cooking the meal you will have three large frying pans going at once. So, either have some help or try one dish at a time until you get the hang of it.  None of it is difficult, but there is a lot of organizing to do when preparing all three dishes for the same meal.  Please read through the recipes a couple of times to make sure you have all the ingredients, as well as how to get everything coordinated.

     Know that the Vegetables are NOT etched in stone.  Dig through your refrigerator and use whatever you like.  If it’s frozen, that’s fine, just thaw first.  The only Veggies that are crutial are the Garlic, Onions, and of course the Ginger Root.

     I always start cooking the rice first because it will take the longest, temperature is not as critical, and as long as you don’t burn it, you can’t hurt it.

     Before you turn on the heat, one word of caution when cooking a Japanese meal.  Have every single food item, cooking utensil, and seasoning right next to you.  Even the Eggs can be ready to go. You won’t have the time to be running back and forth between the stove, refrigerator, and pantry.

JAPANESE STYLE STEAK    

INGREDIENTS:       Yields 4 servings

1 LB Beef, sliced thin (I used sirloin tips)

1 TBSP Sugar

2 TBSP low sodium Soy Sauce

2 TBSP Mirin

2 TBSP Sake

1 clove Garlic, crushed

1 tsp Ginger Root, grated

Optional:  Sliced Green Onions, 1 TBSP Sesame Seeds

Ingredients to add when cooking:

2 Sweet Mini Peppers, sliced

½ medium Onion, sliced

Handful of Snow Peas

Handful of fresh Mushrooms, sliced

PREPARATION:

     Slice the Steak into thin strips.  Mix Marinade and pour it over the Beef.  Stir until well combined.  Let marinate for at least a few hours in the refrigerator, stirring once in a while.

     When you’re ready to prepare the Beef dish, cook the Vegetables first.  Then push them to the sides of the pan, drizzle more Olive Oil and a Pat of Butter in the center and Add your Steak.  It shouldn’t take more than a few minutes to cook.  Then mix the Vegetables back in.  Taste.

FRIED RICE WITH VEGETABLES   Yields 4 – 5 Servings

INGREDIENTS:

2 ½ cups water

2 Dashes of Salt

1 cup Brown Rice

Stir fry whatever Vegetables you like or have on hand.  I used:

1 Carrot, grated, Julienned, or sliced

4 fresh Mushrooms, sliced

½ large Onion, sliced

3 cloves Garlic, chopped

½ of  large Zucchini

8 spears of Asparagus, cut in 2” pieces

2 Large Eggs

RICE PREPARATION:

     In a small sauce pan, cook 2 ½ cups of Water, 2 dashes of Salt and 1 cup of Brown Rice for about 40 minutes.  Remove from heat and let water absorb.  If it isn’t 100% cooked, that’s ok.  It will continue cooking later. Put in refrigerator. I often cook the rice in the morning and have this part out of the way.  That includes cooking the Vegetables ahead of time. 

     Preheat a large skillet and add a drizzle of Olive Oil.  Stir fry the Vegetables until they are crisp-tender.  Remove from pan and set aside.  Save the pan for later.

     When you’re read to begin cooking, preheat the skillet.  Drizzle Olive Oil, and add the chilled rice.  I usually let it cook for about ten minutes on medium heat before I add the Eggs. Make a well in the center of the pan, add a pat of Butter, crack the eggs in and just stir them around until mostly cooked.  (Or beat them with a fork if you prefer).  Then stir them into the rice where they will finish cooking.  You can start seasoning the Rice any time now.  I like to add some Low Sodium Soy and Black Pepper.  Keep on eye on the bottom of the pan.  You cannot let the rice dry out or it will stick.  Another quick drizzle of Olive Oil and a few pats of Butter will take care of this.  Keep tasting, because the Soy Sauce amount depends on your tastes.  When the rice tastes right, add the Vegetables and give them a couple of minutes to warm through.  Reduce heat to very low and take care of whatever else needs your attention.

TERIYAKI SHRIMP INGREDIENTS:   2-4 Servings

One 12 oz bag Shrimp (you can use any size shrimp)

2 TBSP low sodium Soy Sauce

2 TBSP Onion, rough chopped

2 or 3 cloves Garlic, chopped

1 tsp fresh Ginger Root, rough chopped

2 TBSP Honey

¼ cup Canola Oil

2 TBSP Cider Vinegar

SHRIMP PREPARATION:  This will be the last thing you cook.  Once pan is hot, 3 minutes is all you need. Shrimp cooks quickly.

     Peel and rinse shrimp.  Drain well, and put in a medium bowl.  Pour Marinade ingredients over the Shrimp.  Stir well.  Cover and refrigerate for only about 2 hours.

     Drain the shrimp well in a colander.  You can either pat dry with paper toweling or just press down lightly on the shrimp to release excess liquid.  The reason is if you start with wet shrimp it will steam them instead of stir frying.  Remove the chunks of Ginger Root.

     Heat a medium to large skillet.  Add a drizzle of Olive Oil.  When hot, quickly add the Shrimp, stirring continuously until pink.  If your pan is hot, it should take only 3 minutes.

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Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

What kind of Potatoes go with almost anything?  Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes do!  Whether you’re serving Ham, Turkey, Chicken, Fish, Meatloaf or Crab Cakes, Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes will fit right in!  And, the kids will like them!  Comfort food at its finest.

INGREDIENTS:

4 medium to large Russet Potatoes

½ large Onion, chopped or sliced

2 TBSP butter

3 cloves Garlic, chopped

1 cup Half and Half, Milk or Broth

1 – ½ cups Grated Cheese (Mix them up.  I use mostly Sharp Cheddar) *

1 TBSP Dijon or Brown Prepared Mustard

1/8 tsp Nutmeg

½ tsp Black Pepper

½ tsp Thyme

 

PREPARATION:

Wash Potatoes and remove any eyes and spots.  (I never peel them).  Optional: Poke a few holes and pop into the microwave for a few minutes to get them started.  Cool and slice 1/8” thick.

While the Potatoes are cooling, start the Cheese Sauce in a sauce pan.  Melt the butter and cook the Garlic for one minute.  Add the Half and Half, and bring to a low simmer.  Begin adding the grated Cheeses slowly, and stir continuously until Cheeses are melted. Add the Mustard, stir to combine and taste the sauce.  If it isn’t thick enough, add more Cheese.  If it’s too thick, add more liquid.  Keep in mind that the Sauce will thicken as it bakes. Add Seasonings and stir to combine.  Remove from heat.

Butter a casserole dish and layer half the Potatoes and Onions.  Pour approximately half of the Cheese Sauce over the top. Repeat.  You want the Sauce to just about cover the Potatoes.  If it doesn’t, add a touch more liquid.  I cover with foil for a while so they cook faster and the Sauce doesn’t dry up.  You can bake anywhere between 350° F and 400° F.  When the potatoes are soft remove the foil to allow the top to brown.

*Whenever I’m making a Cheese Sauce, I love to mix and match.  I use mostly Sharp Cheddar, but also throw in a bit of Swiss, Gouda, American, etc.  A few ounces of Cream Cheese is very nice! It all depends on what I have.  Give it a taste before you add it to the Potatoes.  You can always add a little more.

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Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

     What kind of Potatoes go with almost anything?  Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes do!  Whether you’reserving Ham, Turkey, Chicken, Fish, Meatloaf or Crab Cakes, Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes will fit right in!  And, the kids will like them!  Comfort food at its finest.

INGREDIENTS:

4 medium to large Russet Potatoes

½ large Onion, chopped or sliced

2 TBSP butter

3 cloves Garlic, chopped

1 cup Half and Half, Milk or Broth

1 – ½ cups Grated Cheese (Mix them up.  I use mostly Sharp Cheddar) *

1 TBSP Dijon or Brown Prepared Mustard

1/8 tsp Nutmeg

½ tsp Black Pepper

½ tsp Thyme

PREPARATION:

     Wash Potatoes and remove any eyes and spots.  (I never peel them).  Optional: Poke a few holes and pop into the microwave for a few minutes to get them started.  Cool and slice 1/8” thick. 

     While the Potatoes are cooling, start the Cheese Sauce in a sauce pan.  Melt the butter and cook the Garlic for one minute.  Add the Half and Half, and bring to a low simmer.  Begin adding the grated Cheeses slowly, and stir continuously until Cheeses are melted. Add the Mustard, stir to combine and taste the sauce.  If it isn’t thick enough, add more Cheese.  If it’s too thick, add more liquid.  Keep in mind that the Sauce will thicken as it bakes. Add Seasonings and stir to combine.  Remove from heat.

     Butter a casserole dish and layer half the Potatoes and Onions.  Pour approximately half of the Cheese Sauce over the top. Repeat.  You want the Sauce to just about cover the Potatoes.  If it doesn’t, add a touch more liquid.  I cover with foil for a while so they cook faster and the Sauce doesn’t dry up.  You can bake anywhere between 350° F and 400° F.  When the potatoes are soft remove the foil to allow the top to brown.

*Whenever I’m making a Cheese Sauce, I love to mix and match.  I use mostly Sharp Cheddar, but also throw in a bit of Swiss, Gouda, American, etc.  A few ounces of Cream Cheese is very nice! It all depends on what I have.  Give it a taste before you add it to the Potatoes.  You can always add a little more.

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