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Curried Smoked Turkey and Pumpkin Soba

This week I embarked on a journey to see what myself and a few other intrepid grill masters could create using the same ingredients… And a grill.  As I’m a bit late with this, I’ll be brief.
It’s a Chopped kind of arrangement.  We get a list of ingredients and our task is to incorporate all of them in a dish.  This month’s ingredients were:

  • Turkey (either whole or part)
  • Soba Noodles
  • Almonds
  • A vegetable that isn’t green

For me this is a comfortable list, as I cook with soba noodles all the time, and Turkey and almonds pair well with Asian flavors.  I’ll also admit to playing pretty safe by simply smoking the turkey while I was smoking a picnic ham, but I was rushed.

Turkey

The end result was a very good dish that I will make again, though this time I’ll smoke a breast instead of cutlets.

In all, this was a fun challenge, but next month’s has more of that “chopped” feel, and includes some things that are going to challenge the heck out of me.  Stay tuned!

Curried Smoked Turkey and Pumpkin Soba
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 pound smoked turkey breast, sliced in thin strips
  • 2 packages (4 servings) soba noodles
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced finely
  • 1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree
  • 1 Tbsp curry powder
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • The juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp dark brown sugar
  • 2 tsp Chinese Five-Spice powder
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
Method
  1. Cook soba noodled according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook onions, stirring often, until translucent (about 2 minutes.)
  3. Add pumpkin puree, curry powder honey, lemon juice, brown sugar and five-spice powder. Cook, stirring often, until fragrant.
  4. Stir in chicken stock until the pumpkin has the consistency of a good tomato sauce. Check for seasoning and add salt and pepper as desired.
  5. Toss noodles in sauce until well coated. Place in bowls, top with turkey and almonds. Serve immediately.

What I would have done differently had I thought of it at the time:

Something green for color would have been nice.

 

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