Here's a great mid week family dinner to have on your table in under 30 minutes! Perfectly crispy and tender turkey piled on top of stir fried vegetables and a bed of fluffy rice. Take a look!
This is going to sound completely random and non food related, but who has pets? And are you a dog person or a cat person? Well, you might be a snake person and that's cool as well. I'm more of a dog and cat person. I have one wild dog and four less wild cats. And by wild I mean somewhat crazy and not just turned up from the barren tundra of Alaska. Anyway, people who say cats have zero personality, need to meet my cats, All uniquely different and full of their own individual personalities. Our dog, equally has his very own unique full of energy personality. I can't really say this for any of my four statuesque cats.
So with that being said, has anyone ever seen circulating in the masses on social media sometime in the past few years "Dog's Diary vs Cat's Diary"? If you haven't and you can relate to both of the four legged and furry species go and check it our for a laugh. Click here for the fun!
If you are familiar with the story or you head over and read it, the cat talks about it's captivity. Which I find totally hilarious and can relate to on my cats' behalf. Did I just say that? I think I did..ha! All of this is bringing me to what feels like my captivity at the moment. You see, as I was saying the other day, we have been plummeted into the raging heat of summer and it really isn't fun. If you think you don't like the snow, come and try this out for a fun few days. I do like summer, 25 c summer. But pushing 40 c, not a fan.
Going outside it a complete no go zone for me at the moment. I can pretty much feel the heat rising and sweat beading down my forehead at the thought of even entertaining the idea of walking out there. The laundry has to wait and the grass is drying up and my energy is something set at 25 c. Come back winter storms, all is forgiven!
So during my captivity, as I like to call it, I have been trying to function as much as possible. Getting up at 5:00 am seems to work for me. At least it's still dark and you can manage to get a few things done before the sun turns up and wreaks havoc on us all. Usually by midday, I'm done. Then I can be found sitting by the fan waiting for the torture to end.
This may all sound a little dramatic, and maybe it is just a tad. But beach walks, bike riding, gardening, patio sitting and even proper cooking are all on hold until someone turns down the furnace.
Notes about the stir fry:
First, I want to say how good this was. It had a kick but not overpowering. The turkey was perfectly tender and crispy and the sesame crust was excellent. Apart from all that, it was on the table in half an hour so you really can't complain about that.
When you look at the ingredient list below, don't be put off. Quite often stir fry dishes contain a lot of ingredients but they are real easy. That is the case for this dish. And remember, before you start, have all of your ingredients and cooking utensils ready to go. It saves so much time and usually frustration as well...ha!
Okay, I used turkey medallions because I found them in the supermarket. You could just as easily use turkey strips as it will cook the same way. When cooking the turkey, make sure oil isn't smoking. Otherwise, you will burn them on the outside and they will be greasy. Not what you are looking for. Probably test one out before you add a whole batch to the pan. I found a medium heat worked perfect. The best time to cook the turkey, is when you have the vegetables already cooking as it will be ready at the same time.
When this dish was done, I drizzled a little extra soy sauce over the final plating and topped it with a few garnishes. Again, this is all optional but I thought the extra soy sauce was pretty good.
Apart from that, a real easy dish that is great for a mid week family dinner. Even in the solar furnace!
Happy cooking friends and enjoy cool weather if that's your time zone.
Sesame Crusted Turkey Medallion Stir Fry
Serves 4 / Prep time: 15 minutes / Cook time: 15 minutes
1 lb/500 grams Turkey medallions
1 Red pepper, sliced
1 Yellow pepper, sliced
1 Green pepper, sliced
1 Small onion, sliced
2 Spring onions, finely chopped
4 Garlic cloves, crushed
1 inch piece fresh ginger, grated
1 Cup/125 grams fine bread crumbs
1 Egg, beaten
1/3 Cup/50 gramssesame seeds
1/3 Cup/80 ml soy sauce
1 Teaspoon onion powder
1 Teaspoon garlic powder
3 dried chillies, finely chopped and divided
Small bunch fresh coriander, roughly chopped
1/4 Cup/60 ml sesame oil, divided (more if needed)
1 Cup/175 grams Basmati rice
Cook rice according to package and set aside.
On a large plate, combine the bread crumbs, sesame seeds (reserving a few for garnish), coriander, onion powder, garlic powder, 1/2 of the chopped chillies, salt and pepper. Mix well.
Dip the turkey pieces in the egg and then the bread crumb mixture. Repeat for all turkey and set aside.
In a large wok, add about 1 tablespoon of the sesame oil with the garlic, ginger and remaining chillies. Stir for about a minute and add the vegetables and onions. Toss around for about 5-8 minutes until just getting soft. Add soy sauce and spring onion. Stir for just a minute and remove from heat.
In a large deep sided skillet set over medium heat, add the remaining sesame oil until hot but not smoking. Fry the turkey on each side for about 2 minutes or until golden. Repeat for all turkey, remove from heat and drain on paper towels.
Serve the vegetables on top of the rice and then topped off with the crispy turkey. May garnish with extra coriander, sesame seeds and spring onion if desired. As well, extra soy sauce if desired.
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