Dom’s Marinated Turkey Dark Meat with Roasted Potatoes & Foolproof Spaghetti Squash

After a lengthy absence from recipes I’m posting this inexpensive meal that was a resounding success. The potatoes I roasted in the pan with the turkey and I tossed the squash in a separate pan in the oven to save time, mess & electricity. It’s a pretty easy dish as well so long as you have 24 hours to marinate the turkey (vital) and a loud enough kitchen timer.

 Ingredients for Turkey & Marinade:

2 pounds turkey dark meat; you can use white meat as well I suppose but I vastly prefer turkey thighs for both their taste and afford ability.

2 cups cheap ass red wine

3 tablespoons of olive oil

2 cups of Mojo marinade, I know I use this quite a bit but it is tasty, versatile & inexpensive; plus the acidity is great for marinades

1 diced yellow onion

¼ cup of red wine or cider vinegar

1 tablespoon each of garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper & salt

1 tablespoon of yellow mustard

Several healthy shakes of Worcestershire sauce

a dash of soy

a handful of hazelnuts (or any other nuts you have lying around–optional)

2 cans of cream of chicken soup (but that won’t be added until we are about to cook)

4 large quartered potatoes (or any other roast friendly vegetable in an equivalent amount)

2 more diced onions to be added right before cooking.

 

Ingredients for Foolproof Spaghetti Squash:

1 spaghetti squash

a copious amount of olive oil

salt, pepper, onion & garlic powder to taste.

 

To make the turkey marinade is quite simple take a Tupperware type container and whisk together all of the aforementioned ingredients, making sure not to add the cream of chicken soup as it would throw off the acidity of the marinade, add the turkey, making sure that it is covered in the mixture and leave in your refrigerator for 24 hours. After the 24 hours have passed drain the marinade into a large baking pan & whisk in the 2 cans of cream of chicken soup, then dump in the turkey, the cut up potatoes & diced onions, making sure that everything is coated in the mixture. This cooks at 250 degrees Fahrenheit for 2 hours; that simple.

 

To prepare the Spaghetti Squash just cut the squash in half lengthwise, scoop out the seeds and pith, season liberally with the garlic powder, salt, pepper and onion powder, pour olive oil liberally over the cut & seasoned side & place cut side down in a baking dish to cook at 250 degrees for 1 ½ hours. When you take it out of the oven use a fork or spring loaded tongs to scrape the delicious strands from inside the gourds.

This dish was a home run at my house and was no real effort to prepare; even after a long day doing job interviews and putting in applications, definitely give this one a shot.

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4 Responses to “Dom’s Marinated Turkey Dark Meat with Roasted Potatoes & Foolproof Spaghetti Squash”

  1. EVERYTHING…..is better with MOJO Marinade……everything

    This one looks good.

  2. kingbiscuitpants Says:

    It really is, and it’s easy too. If you put in both at once set the timer for 90 minutes. after 90 take out the squash, stir the turkey & stuff & cook for 30 more. easy as putting a pair of pants on your head in the morning.

  3. I’ll bet this would work really well with wild turkey legs. Other than deep-fry them, I’m always at a loss for what to do with those tough little suckers. A sturdy marinade and nice long bake in that sauce would go a long way to tenderizing them up.
    So. . . . how’d the interviews go????

  4. kingbiscuitpants Says:

    I’m sure it would work with wild turkey legs, especially if you took a cleaver to them asian style before marinating.

    I’m happy to say that Shu just landed a full time chef position that starts Aug 3rd & I should know about my irons in the fire by wednesday. thanks for asking.

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