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 Turkish-Style Ground Turkey

Photo by: Joseph De Leo
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Recipe

In Istanbul, restaurants offer spicy ground meat fillers such as the one below enclosed in pita bread, but you often see the restaurateurs and their staff enjoying the same dish wrapped in a lettuce leaf. Theirs are of beef and lamb. Our version is with turkey, and we suggest trying it on a leaf of spinach or romaine when you’re in a salad mood.

Yield: Serves 4 to 6
Cooking time: Takes 20 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons peanut or olive oil
  • 2 large onions, finely chopped
  • ¾ cup slivered almonds
  • 2/3 cup currants
  • 2½ pounds ground turkey
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup dry red wine
  • 18 corn or 12 flour tortillas, warmed or crisped just before serving

Toppings:

  • 1 cup sliced jalapeño chili peppers
  • 4 cups shredded lettuce
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 1 cup thinly shredded fresh mint leaves

Directions

1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan set over medium-high heat. Add the onions, almonds, and currants and stir until the onions are wilted and the almonds browned, about 5 minutes. Stir in the turkey, cumin, salt, and red wine. Cook until most of the liquid has been absorbed, about 15 minutes.

2. To assemble, spread about 1/3 cup of the turkey filling in the middle of a tortilla. Top with sliced jalapenos, shredded lettuce, sour cream, and mint. Fold and serve.

Notes

For the jalapeño topping, fresh rather than canned jalapeños give Turkish-Style Ground Turkey more spark and added crunch. Of course, canned will do in a pinch.


© 1990 Victoria Wise and Susanna Hoffman

Note from Cookstr's Editors

Nutritional information is based on 6 servings and using corn tortillas.

 

Nutritional Information

Nutrients per serving (% daily value)

832kcal (42%)
276mg (28%)
72mg (120%)
274mcg RAE (9%)
1232mg
166mg
44g
18g
10g
59g
189mg (63%)
580mg (24%)
15g (75%)
47g (72%)
7mg (40%)
 

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