Kelly the Culinarian: Cooking with Kelly: First DC meal

Monday, September 24, 2007

Cooking with Kelly: First DC meal

Before my Segway Tour yesterday, I wanted to whip up something in my new apartment that would keep me full for the tour. The tour itself was amazing and completely worth the money and time. You can check out my photos and odd DC facts here.

Anyhow, I make up these stuffed-filled turkey cutlets and lemon butter green beans in my modest kitchen last night. It may not be much to look at, but considering the circumstances, I was mighty pleased.


For the green beans:

1 pound trimmed green beans

1/2 tablespoon butter

Juice from half of one lemon

Salt and pepper to taste

Combine all the ingredients in a microwavable steaming bag (there are several brands now, including Glad SimplyCooking and Ziploc Zip'n Steam). The bag is not necessary, I just found that I get even cooking and easy clean up. Microwave as directed on the bag, or for about two minutes. Don't let it set too long or the beans will overcook and discolor. Top with freshly ground pepper, sea salt and a fresh lemon wedge.

For the turkey:

2 turkey breast cutlets

1/2 cup prepared stuffing, divided (I used a hearty herb mix)

1/2 tablespoon butter

2 tablespoons water

Combine 1/4 stuffing and the butter and water. Place cutlets in a plastic bag or in plastic wrap and pound to 1/4 inch thickness using a mallet or heavy soup can. Place a spoon full of the filling in the middle and wrap the cutlet around it. Roll the cutlet in remaining stuffing mixture. Place in electric skillet, skillet on a hot plate or in Xpress 101 and cook for three minutes per side or until cooked through.

I found my electric skillet utterly useless and transferred over to the Xpress 101. I liked this recipe because I could use minimal ingredients and end up with turkey that had a nice outer crust and moist stuffing inside. The steam bag allowed my beans to turn out tasty and not overcooked, while infusing them with the lemon butter flavor.

I'm going to work with what I have, but this is a start.

16 comments:

Jackson said...

wow.... the dish looks awesome and ez to prepare!!! Thx for sharing the recipe ya!

daphne said...

u really do have to think out of the box don't u? Even so, u did so well! It looks delicious.

stay-at-home mum said...

Simple yet nutricious and looks yummy. Tks for sharing the recipe.

Lydia said...

The Segway tour looks like fun!

Anh said...

This is a fantastic dinner recipe!

Asha said...

Looks yum!!!:))

Retno Prihadana said...

Kelly, it looks tasty and easy too.

East Meets West Kitchen said...

Simple recipes are the best, and yours looks delicious!

Tanya said...

along the same lines, just about any veggie (my favorite combination being red pepper, onion, and garlic) can be microwaved in a baggie on low heat for a while until it all gets soft and merges together with a little olive oil and thrown over rice, chicken, pasta, bread... whatever.

i wonder if it would be possible to adapt slow cooker recipes for microwave use.

Brilliant Asylum said...

You have been busy! I would love to take a segway tour of Atlanta--and D.C. for that matter.

I hope you are having fun cooking (and eating) in your new city. I remember DC having really good cheesesteaks...

tigerfish said...

Healthy stuffed turkey cutlets.
I always find turkey meat lack of flavor. This is such a great way to bring flavors to turkey. Thks for sharing. :)

Nora B. said...

That's a terrific meal that you managed to cook up.

Sylvia said...

Kelly, wonderful job,I really like turkey breast,and the most important easy too. Your Segway tour looks so funy

team bsg said...

haha finished product nothing much to look at but...we wait

Cate said...

Looks like a perfect way to kick off the new digs.

Cynthia said...

Well for something you just whipped up, it does look substantial and tasty.