8 February 2009

Tried, Tested and True Turkey Pinwheels & The Winner of the Give Away!!!!!!

Turkey Pinwheels

"As your marriage brings new meaning to love,
So your love brings new meaning to life"

The very talented mother/daughter duo of Equal Opportunity Kitchen are planning a wedding. Yes Psychgrad and R are getting married!! Congratulations are definitely in order. This will be a day for remembering all the beautiful things that have been and a day for looking forward to all the beautiful things yet to come. There is a lot of planning involved in the big day!!! To get some ideas from all of you talented bloggers Psychgrad is holding another rendition of their very popular Tried, Tested and True event Tried, Tested and True - Wedding Edition. What would you serve to impress a group of approximately 20-30 people that can be featured on a buffet or sweet table?

I have had this particular hors d'oeuvres on my list of things to try for a while. The filling in these little rolls is reminiscent of the holidays with a slight sweetness from the cranberries. I can also imagine these delicious rolls with a filling of goats cheese and spinach. These are not just "eye candy", the fragrance alone from the sprigs of rosemary make these an ideal addition to a buffet table. They are quick and easy to prepare and can be made far in advance. The stuffed turkey scallopine are rolled up tightly in aluminum foil like Christmas crackers and baked in the oven. When cool, slice each roll and spear each piece with sprigs of rosemary. Perfecto!!!

This recipe comes from Anna Olson on the Canadian Food Network. She lives in the Niagara region with her husband Michael.

Before I get to the recipe I have a winner to announce for the More Than Burnt Toast 2 Years of Blogging Giveaway...........drum roll please...........

TS of Eating Club Vancouver . Send me your address and I'll send your prize!!!!! You chose Laura Calder's new book "French Taste". TS lives in Vancouver...I could almost drive there to deliver it in person:D

**Turkey and Trimming Pinwheels**

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup finely diced onion
2/3 cup finely diced celery
2 teaspoon chopped fresh sage
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 1/2 cups dry breadcrumbs
4 to 6 tablespoons chicken stock
1/3 cup coarsely chopped dried cranberries
1 lb. turkey scallopini (about 4 portions)
4 to 6 rosemary stems, cut into 2-inch lengths

In a large sauté pan, heat oil for 1 minute, then add onion and celery and cook, stirring often, until onions are translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in sage, thyme, salt and pepper and cook 1 minute more. Remove from heat and cool slightly.

Stir in breadcrumbs, 4 tbsp chicken stock and cranberries to combine. Mixture should hold together when squeezed – add more chicken stock to moisten, if needed.

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Lay out a sheet of aluminum foil just slightly larger than a portion of turkey scallopini. Lay a sheet of parchment paper over foil. Place a portion of turkey scallopini on parchment and spread or press a thin layer of breadcrumb mixture over scallopini. Roll up scallopini and wrap with parchment/foil layer, twisting ends to secure. Place on a baking tray and repeat with remaining scallopini portions.

Bake scallopini for 25 minutes, until an internal temperature of 180 F is reached. Cool scallopinis to room temperature, then chill until ready to serve.

To serve, unwrap scallopinis and slice on the bias into ½-inch slices. Remove half of leaves from each 2-inch rosemary stem and insert into slice of turkey.

Pinwheels can be served cold or warmed for 8 minutes in a 350 F oven. Delicious served with a maple, honey or cranberry mustard.


Take a thin skewer and pierce each turkey pinwheel, then using the same guideline pierce the sprig of rosemary through pinwheel too.

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  1. Oh how perfect!!! These are like mini Thanksgiving bites, yum!!

  2. Congrats TS! These pinwheels look delicious. A wonderful idea...



  3. The pinwheels sound lovely. Turkey and cranberries are such a perfect match. Congrats to TS.

  4. Congrats TS - Laura Calder is amazing and her recipes pretty easy to follow.

    Well Val, you hit another one out of the park with these pinwheels. They're beautiful and I especially like the "made in advance" attribute that will help keep the pandemonium at bay. Thank you for such a great entry.

  5. How elegant and timely for those stay-at-home Valentines dinners.

  6. Yum Val! I love pinwheels...these are perfect party fare!

  7. You're turkey pinwheels look awesome! I'd have served them at my wedding for sure.

    Thanks for the reminder about the cookbook! I'm going to look through my recipes right now.

  8. Pinwheels really make this special! So lovely to serve at a wedding! :-)

  9. i love pinwheels! also, i'd personally like to thank the person who first paired cranberries and turkey. right on. :)

  10. Great idea when serving a group! They look delicious. The more I think about it, the more bite-sized portions make sense. There isn't a lot of sitting room in my apartment, so food that is easy to eat standing is a must.

    Thanks for participating in TTT3!!!

  11. Lucky TS...congrats! Those pionwheels look delicious Val. I love the dried cranberries in there; indeed interesting party fare!

  12. Congrats TS! I love this recipe Valli you know I love Anna Olson is one of my favorite chef!! xxGloria

  13. These really are a great idea and not something I have ever come across before. That's the plus side of blogging.

  14. Those look really good. I like the turkey and cranberry combo.

  15. These look great. I've been wanting to do something special with turkey for my husband. The cranberries are a great flavor addition.

  16. Thanksgiving leftovers popping up again! How can these ever be a bad thing? It's like November in February. Delish.

  17. Thanks for the congratulations! And of course, a big, big THANK YOU to Bellini Valli herself!

    Thanks so much! I'm so excited and am looking forward to the book. =D

  18. Someone was just asking for a recipe for this and I don't have one - now I know where to send them!

  19. These days I like things that I can prep in advance more and more..This is perfect, thx Val!

  20. They look perfect for parties, especially since they can be made in advance. Congrats TS.

  21. I'm so excited for Psychgrad and what a great idea this is.
    This recipe looks like a great submission!

  22. Turkey pinwheels are one of those classic party foods that will never fade into ubiquity. Well, maybe in thirty years, but for now, I love them. :)

  23. Congrats! I love pinwheels, thanks for sharing this recipe.

  24. Oooh, those look fabulous - little bites of delight!

  25. Love the combo of turkey and cranberry - great way to serve it up in a new way. I like that they are small bitesized portions too.


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