A Recipe: Turkey - American Chop Suey - A.J. Leto
This recipe is most easily prepared in a 4-quart crock pot (with 6-12 hours lead time), but with appropriate attention can be prepared in a deep 12" saute pan. Ingredients:
1 - 3lb. package Ground Turkey
2 - softball sized sweet onions, chopped to 1" pieces
2 - softball sized green peppers, chopped to 1" pieces
9-12 TBsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 - 28oz. can of Diced Tomatoes, flavored with Basil, Garlic and Oregano
1 - jar of your favorite tomatoe sauce.
Garlic Powder, to taste
Onion Salt, to taste
Italian Seasoning, to taste
OPTIONAL: 1-2 lbs of your favorite pasta, cooked to your liking. The process:
Open can of diced tomatoes and empty contents into bottom of crock pot. Turn Crock Pot on High and cover.If you have two large saute pans, start Turkey in one pan and onions and peppers in another. If not, brown turkey first. Use 2-3 TBsp Olive Oil in bottom of pan to start browning. Sprinkle with dry spices. while browning break up turkey into bite sized pieces. Do not break it up too small. For onions and peppers, use 4-6 TBsp Olive Oil, heat oil before putting in vegetables. Bring veggies to the point that they are softening, but not reducing to moooosh. Turkey should finish first, so add that to the diced tomatoes in the crock pot and add the jar of your favorite sauce. Stir all together and replace cover. Once vegetables are ready, add to pot, stir all together and replace cover. Turn to low heat setting. For best flavor, allow to simmer for at least 4-6 hours. This is a meal that I tend to make wiht my morning coffee or after dinner (for the next day). The flavors will then have time to get to know each other. if you decide to use the stove top with a big saute pan, the order of operations is Turkey, Vegetables, Tomatoes and Sauce. Be sure that the mixture is stirred well and simmers for at least 15-20 minutes. Mangia Bene!