Thursday, August 4, 2011

Turkey Breast with Jalapeno-Peach Jam

Adapted from Weber's Big Book of Grilling.
2 Tbs. black peppercorns
2 Tbs. cumin seed
2 Tbs. chili powder
2 Tbs. dried oregano
2 Tbs. dried sage
2 tsp. granulated garlic or 1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
3 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil

1 bone-in turkey breast, about 8 lbs.

3 firm ripe peaches, peeled and finely chopped (about 2 cups)
1/2 cup apricot or peach preserves
1/3 cup peach juice
2 Tbs. granulated sugar
1 Tbs. cider vinegar
2 jalapeno peppers, stemmed, seeded, and minced
1 1/2 tsp. chopped fresh cilantro

Canola oil
Kosher salt

Crush the peppercorns and cumin seed, then combine with the remaining paste ingredients.

Coat the turkey breast with the paste.  Place in a large, resealable bag, press the air out of the bag, and seal tightly.  Refrigerate for 8 to 24 hours.

In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine the peaches, preserves, juice, sugar, and vinegar.  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and continue cooking, stirring often, until the peaches are cooked and then liquid has thickened, 30 to 40 minutes.  Allow to cool for 10 minutes, then pour into a food processor and process until smooth.  Add the jalapenos and cilantro.  Cool to room temperature, cover, and refrigerate.  (The jam may be made up to three day sin advance.  Bring to room temperature before serving.)

Follow the cooking instructions listed on the package of your turkey breast.  It will be about 3 1/4 hours at 325 F for an 8 lb. turkey.  A meat thermometer inserted in the thickest part should read 170 F. has a pretty good guide for how long to cook a turkey using various methods and temperatures.

Allow turkey to rest for 20 minutes prior to slicing.  Serve warm with jam.

- I'm not sure a resealable plastic bag large enough to accommodate the turkey exists, so I'l be honest: I used a clean, plain plastic, 13-gallon trash bag and tied a knot in it, then set it in a casserole dish, just in case.
- The jam ingredients were doubled in the original recipe, but it makes a TON, so I've cut it.
- The recipe also calls for mesquite wood chunks or chips, which I purchased but forgot to use.  Rather disappointing.  I've read that you can use them in the oven, but since I didn't actually try it, I'll just give you the link on how to do it.
- Technically this is a grilling recipe, but we decided to make it in the oven when we realized how long it would take to cook an 8 lb. bone-in turkey breast on the grill (we couldn't find 4-5 lb.-breasts as the original recipe called for).  If you opt to try it on the trill (I'm sure it would be delicious!), then follow these instructions:

"Prepare the grill for indirect cooking over medium heat (350-450 F).
"Follow the grill's instructions for using wood chunks (soaked for at least 30 minutes).  Lightly coat the turkey with canola oil and season with salt.  Brush the cooking grates clean.  Grill the turkey breast, skin side up, over indirect medium heat, with the lid closed, until the internal temperature reaches 165 F, 1 to 1 1/2 hours (remember, this is for a 4-5 lb. turkey).  Remove from the grill and let rest for 20 minutes before slicing (the internal temperature will rise 5-10 degrees during this time."

Avocado Fries

From Circle B Kitchen, adapted from Sunset Magazine.

I know, this sounds like one of the strangest things ever, but it is so good!  The panko coating is nice and crunchy, while the avocado insides get all soft and creamy.
Canola oil for frying
1/4 cup flour
1 tsp. kosher salt, divided
2 large eggs, beaten
1 1/4 cups panko
2 firm-ripe medium or 3 small avocados, pitted, peeled, and sliced into 1/2" wedges
Grated parmesan for serving (optional)

Preheat oven to 200F.  In a medium saucepan, heat 1 1/2" oil until it registers 375F on a deep-fry thermometer.

Meanwhile, mix flour with 1/2 tsp. salt in a shallow bowl.  Put eggs and panko in separate shallow bowls.

Sprinkle avocado slices with the remaining 1/2 tsp. salt.  Dip each slice in flour, shaking off excess.  Dip in egg and then panko to coat.  Set on plates in a single layer.

Fry a quarter of avocado slices at a time until deep golden, 30 to 60 seconds.  Transfer slices to a plate lined with paper towels.  Keep warm in oven while cooking remaining avocados.  Sprinkle with salt and a little grated parmesan.  Serve warm or at room temperature.

- These do not make good leftovers, even if you crisp them up in the toaster oven.  They take on an unappealing, somewhat fishy flavor.  And I like fish.  So you want to make only the amount you plan on eating, and then toss the rest.
- Try mixing together ranch dressing and salsa for a yummy dipping sauce!

Southwest Rub

Good for red meat, pork, poultry, seafood, and vegetables.

Adapted from Weber's On the Grill.
Yield: about 1/4 cup

2 tsp. chili powder
2 tsp. granulated garlic or 1 tsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. ground coriander
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

East-West Grilled Pork Tenderloin

Prepare the grill for direct cooking over medium heat (350° to 450°F).

Brush the cooking grates clean. Grill the tenderloins over direct medium heat, with the lid closed as much as possible, until well marked on two sides, about 5 minutes, turning once. Brush the tenderloins with a thin coating of the sauce and continue to grill until the pork is barely pink in the center, 10 to 15 minutes, turning and basting with the remaining sauce every 5 minutes. Let rest for 3 to 5 minutes before slicing on the bias. Serve warm.
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