Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Turkey Orloff with Asparagus

One fourth cup Plain raw white rice
1 big Onion
1 One half Sticks butter
One pound Fresh mushrooms
1 Handful fresh parsley
springs; (3 Tb minced)
One half teaspoon Fragrant dried tarragon
1 # turkey slices (5-6) 
5 tablespoon Flour for sauce; plus extra (I forgot to dredge the turkey...damn)
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 cup Hot chicken stock
One cup mild grated cheese (swiss?)
1 to 1 1/2/# asparagus

Described as "Turkey breast scallopini gratineed with mushrooms, onions,
rice, and cheese.

Rice and onion soubise: Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Drop the rice into a
saucepan with 2 quarts rapidly boiling salted water and boil uncovered for
exactly 5 minutes; drain immediately and reserve. Meanwhile peel and then
chop the onions in a food processor; (it needs no washing until after its
last operation). 

Melt 2  tablespoons of the butter+oil  in a baking dish, stir in the chopped onions, the drained rice, and One fourth teaspoon
salt, mixing well to coat with the butter; cover the dish and bake in
middle level of oven for about 1 hour, stirring up once or twice, until
rice is completely tender and beginning to turn a golden yellow. (I left out the egg)

Mushroom duxelles: While rice and onion soubise is cooking, trim and wash
the mushrooms. For the food processor, first chop roughly by hand into
1inch chunks, then process into 1/8 inch pieces, using the 1second onoff
technique. Mince the parsley in the machine afterward. By handfuls, either
twist mushrooms hard in the corner of a towel 

Saute the mushrooms in 2 tablespoons of the butter/olive oil  in a medium size frying pan over moderately
high heat, stirring and tossing until mushroom pieces begin to separate
from each other5 to 6 minutes. Stir in the tarragon and parsley; season
to taste with salt and pepper. Stir half of the mixture into the cooked
rice and onion soubise; reserve the rest. Mushroom duxelles may be cooked
in advance and may be frozen.

Preparing the turkey scallopini: Pound the slices between 2 sheets of wax
paper, with a rubber hammer, a rolling pin, or the side of a bottle, to
expand them about double and to then them down by half. These are your
turkey scallopinip cover and refrigerate them until you are ready to saute
them.  (I forgot to dredge them... )
Chop asparagus and sautee.  I put some pulverized asparagus  in the dux. as well.

Sauteing the turkey scallopini: Salt and pepper the turkey slices lightly,
dredge in flour and shake off excess, saute fro about a minute on each side
in 1 tablespoon of the oil and 2 tablespoons of the butter (more if
needed)just to stiffen them and barely cook through. Set slices aside on
a plate as you finish them.

The gratineing sauce: Make a turkey veloute sauce as follows.

Sautee I large shallot and one small leek.  2 T flour. 2 cups chicken broth. squeeze of lemon and pinch of taragon handful of swiss? cheese grated.  Splash of white wine, 1 garlic clove.  blended to make it utterly smooth... it was a little strong. 

Melt 4
tablespoons of the butter over moderate heat in a heavybottomed 2 quart
saucepan, blend in the flour, and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon until
flour and butter foam and froth together for 2 minutes without turning more
than a golden yellow. Remove from heat and, when this roux has stopped
bubbling, pour in 2 cups of the hot turkey or chicken stock and blend
vigorously with a wire whip. Return to heat, stirring slowly with wire whip
to reach all over bottom, corner, and side of pan, and boil slowly for 2
minutes. Taste and correct seasoning. Sauce should be thick enough to coat
a wooden spoon nicely, meaning it will coat the turkey. Beat in more stock
by droplets if sauce is too thick. In the food processor or an electric
blender, puree the egg yolks with the cottage cheese (or push through a
fine sieve and beat in a bowl with a wire whip); by dribbles, beat the hot
sauce into the egg yolk and cheese mixture.

Assembling the dish: Choose a baking and serving dish about 10 by 14 by 2
inches; butter the inside and spread a think layer of sauce in bottom of
ish. Make a neat, slightly overlapping pattern of the turkey slices down
the center of the dish, spreading

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