Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Turkey Spinach Roll With Chipotle Cranberry Sauce

It's difficult to get excited about meat loaf, isn't it? Especially turkey meat loaf, don't you think? It ranks right up there with tofu and bean sprouts in my book, so I took it upon myself to find a way to dress it up a bit and make it into something that was not only nutritious, but also delicious. The chipotle cranberry sauce is what pulls this entire dish together, so please don't skip that part. You can adjust the heat by adding or subtracting the amount of chipotle puree you add.

Turkey Spinach Roll With Chipotle Cranberry Sauce

2 lbs lean ground turkey
2 TBSP Montreal Steak Seasoning
2 TBSP Worchestershire sauce
2 eggs, whisked
3/4 cup rolled oats
1 cup milk
2 TBSP olive oil
1 onion, diced
salt and pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
10 oz frozen spinach, thawed, squeezed dry and chopped
pinch of nutmeg
3/4 cup pecans, finely chopped (I pulsed mine in the food processor)
3/4 cup dried cranberries
4 oz goat cheese, crumbled (I'll use cream cheese the next time as hubby isn't all that fond of goat cheese)

Crumble ground turkey into a large mixing bowl. Season with steak seasoning and worchestershire sauce. Set aside.

In another bowl, combine whisked eggs, oats and milk. Set aside

In skillet heat olive oil. Add onion, season with salt and pepper, and saute until onion is softened, 5-6 minutes. Add garlic and saute for another minute or two. Remove skillet from heat and stir in the spinach, nutmeg, pecans, dried cranberries and goat cheese. Season with salt and pepper again if needed and stir to combine.

Add the egg/oats/milk mixture to the ground turkey and combine all. Transfer meat mixture to a sheet of parchment paper and pat into a rectangle. Spread spinach mixture on top of meat mixture and using the parchment paper to help you, roll it into a loaf.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place loaf on a baking sheet that has been foil lined and sprayed with cooking spray. Bake in preheated oven for 1 1/2 hours or until internal temperature is 170 degrees. Remove from oven and place on cutting board to cut into slices. Serve with chipotle cranberry sauce. Recipe following below.

Chipotle Cranberry Sauce

1 (12 oz) package of fresh or frozen cranberries
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
3/4 cup of sugar (I used Splenda)
2-3 tsps of chipotle chile canned in adobo sauce. (I process a whole can in the food processor and freeze in an ice cube tray. Each cube is approximately one tablespoon.
1 tsp grated orange zest
1/2 tsp cinnamon
dash of salt.

Combine cranberries, orange juice and sugar in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Cook for about 7-8 minutes or until cranberries begin to pop, stirring occasionally. Add chipotle, orange zest, cinnamon and salt. Reduce heat and cook for about 20 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally. Serve warm or cold.

19 comments:

June said...

Holy cow Mags. You're singing our tune. This is beautiful and that cranberry chutney. Wow.

Deeba PAB said...

STumbled you... anyhting cranberry and chipotle is right up my street! YUM!!

George Gaston said...

Mags, meatloaf has never look so good! Not only does the chipotle cranberry send this over the moon; your stuffing does, too.

This is definitely going on the "must-make" list... maybe to the top. Many thanks...

A Year on the Grill said...

oN every level, WOW WHAT A GREAT WAY TO DRESS UP SOMETHING NO ONE WANTS TO COOK OR EAT... Saving this one

Linda said...

This one is out of the park! I'm putting it on my menu for next week. Turkey and cranberries? 'nuff said!

Pam said...

Oh man! I can imagine that chopotle cranberry sauce on a ton of things. And what a great tip on the chipotle peppers!

Cajun Chef Ryan said...

I bet that chipotle cranberry sauce is amazing flavor.

Stumbled too!

Federica said...

wow che buono!! aspettami che arrivo! ciao!

Bob said...

As always lookin' good and I'm sure it tastes awesome!!! Your creation just sparked an idea for a new sweet and sour meatballs recipe.

stephchows said...

i disagree that turkey meatloaf kicks ass!

Megan said...

I'm all for the cranberry/chipotle combo and this looks like an ideal dinner.

Greg said...

Boom! Yeah that looks amazing. I have some fresh venison that I'm gonna try this with. Wow... you're my hero!

Megan said...

That looks so much better than a plain old turkey meatloaf. And the cranberry chipotle sauce sounds delicious too.

Jennifer said...

now that is one fine roulade!!!! im loving the cranberry sauce with it!

Sweet and Savory said...

What a great presentation of something that could just plop down. You have class, lady.

Karen said...

What a great tip for processing the chipotles and freezing them in cube trays. I love tips like that!

www.crabbycook.com said...

This looks great though I admit the stuffing and rolling has the potential of turning into a whole kitchen clean-up situation.

Kevin said...

That looks really good! I like that you served it with the cranberry sauce.

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

I really enjoy turkey meatloaf for some reason... I know, that's kind of weird. The chipotle cranberry sauce sounds like the perfect compliment!