Poseidon is somewhat of a world traveler. After spending some time in Slovenia, he brought back with him a delightful way to incorporate turkey into a weekly menu. He first came across this dish at the restaurant Julija on Ljublijana’s Main Square. It’s a very typical and traditional Slovene dish, but with Italian notes (after all, Venice is just a stone’s throw). Turkey and game are more popular there than chicken. Why not consider a turkey breast for your weeknight meal? It’s not a lot of work (season the ingredients and toss them in the oven, make a quick sauce), but it’s a lot of flavor.
Julija’s Fennel Turkey with Gorgonzola Bechamel, Roasted Brussels and Potatoes
1.5 lb. boneless (skin on!) turkey breast
1 T fennel seeds
2 cloves garlic, minced
8 to 10 fresh sage leaves, chopped
Olive oil, salt, pepper
Combine the fennel, garlic and sage then stuff under the loosened skin on the turkey breast. Drizzle breast with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place in a roasting pan and put in a 400˚ oven for approximately 50 minutes, or until an instant-read thermometer reads 165˚.
For the vegetables:
2 medium red skinned potatoes, cubed
Salt and pepper
In a bowl, combine the Brussels and potatoes and season with salt and pepper. Arrange on an oiled baking sheet, place in a 400˚ oven (along with the turkey) for approximately 30 minutes, or until vegetables are browned. Shake the pan once or twice during roasting to evenly brown.
For the Gorgonzola sauce:
2 T butter
2 T flour
¼ c heavy cream
¾ c milk
2 oz gorgonzola or blue cheese
In a small sauce pan, melt the butter over low heat, then add in the flour, stirring to eliminate any lumps. Cook for one or two minutes. Whisk in the cream and milk. Add the cheese and stir to melt. If the sauce is too thick, add in a bit more milk. This should only take 3-4 minutes. Set aside, keeping warm until you are ready to serve. (Or should you just pour the whole thing over some macaroni? Perhaps another time…)
To finish the veg:
2 slices bacon, chopped
Apple cider vinegar
To finish the vegetables, cook the bacon in a large pan over low heat until crisp. Add in the roasted brussels and potatoes, along with a splash of apple cider vinegar. Stir to incorporate, cook over low heat for a minute or two.
Serve with Hedges C.M.S. White, from Washington State. It is a shockingly good pairing.
PK tip: be careful, if you have leftover bread in your pantry, you may be tempted to eat the rest of the Gorgonzola sauce out of the pan as you’re cleaning up. Well, that’s not really a tip. It’s something to do. And come to think of it, I recommend it.
Tonight we listened to Hang with Me, by Robyn, amongst other things.