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Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Turkey. Not just for Christmas. Quick Provencale Turkey

I’ll be honest, usually I buy diced turkey thigh to hurl into a curry or something because it’s the kind of meat that can carry such a range of flavours quite successfully. And it’s lean. And it’s relatively cheap. But with my just arranging this year’s holiday to France I thought it might be interesting to evoke the smells and tastes of southern France rather than my usual culinary journey to somewhere far flung and far eastern. So, a mixture of peppers, tomatoes, garlic and herbes de Provence (and if I was without Lola and Finn, a handful of olives) were the inspiration behind this slightly ad hoc but very satisfying dish which smelt great whilst cooking and delivered a rich, tomatoey, ‘Provencey’ flavour, approved of especially by Lola and Finn.
In terms of weekday cooking, when I crash into the house with two hyperactive children, a bag for life full of marking and a generally negative outlook on working for a living, I just want something I can hurl together with what I have in the cupboard and the fridge/freezer before crashing on the sofa. This just might be it. And not only does it create a healthy meal for me and my bubs, it’s evocative of the holiday I am so looking forward to.
This post is an entry for BritMums’ Summer Turkey Recipe Challenge. You can find plenty of information at here about the versatility of cooking with turkey. You can also visit for other recipe ideas!
Quick Provencale Turkey
Serves Lola, Finn, Mum, Dad and one other
400g diced turkey thigh
2 peppers, or a third of a pack of frozen peppers
1 onion diced
3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1 heaped tsp of herbes de Provence, or you could use thyme, or oregano
200ml chicken stock made with a bouillon type cube
tin of chopped tomatoes
a squirt of tomato puree
Salt and pepper
In a suitable heavy bottomed pot or casserole pan, add the olive oil and saute the turkey pieces until they become slightly coloured.
Add the onions and cook until they become translucent and then add the garlic. Cook briefly until the garlic becomes fragrant but take care not to burn it. Add the herbs de Provence and stir, then add the peppers.
Saute until the peppers begin to soften, scraping up the bottom of the pan to get up any tasty turkey bits, then add the chicken stock. Finally, add the tomato puree and stir before finally adding the tinned tomatoes and some seasoning.
Bring the mixture up to the boil and then reduce to a simmer. Cook for about 20/30 minutes, stirring occasionally so that it does not catch on the bottom of the pan. By this time the mixture should have perceptibly thickened and tomatoey. If you want to thicken the sauce further then increase the heat to a boil for a couple of minutes or so until the sauce is the consistency you desire. Taste and season once again.
I served this with rice, but some other lovely carb like pasta or some potatoes might be good too. Or you could dunk some crusty bread into it and all will be right with the world for a little while.


  1. Love the recipe and how you took photos throughout. Commenting for BritMums and thanking you for taking part

  2. looks great - i love the step by step photos too! x

  3. Hi Stella,

    Nice to hear from you! I have been doing some traveling lately and so less blogging... Ops!

    Turkey does reminds me a lot of Thanksgiving and Christmas... Nice that you are enjoying turkey too in Spring :D


  4. Just came across this after searching Google for a diced turkey recipe! I bought some cheap and reduced so wanted to use it up. I like your style! But I thought it was a bit plain, so I added my touch to it using your ideas too. :)

    Being specific I say it makes 5 portions.

    I would first like to describe this recipe as being a kind of Mediterranean taste, with that kind of chilli/pasta tomato sauce base.
    really nice!!


    1 pack of turkey thigh diced.
    1 tin chopped tomatoes/ i had none so used plum and mashed it up a bit! works the same.
    3 tbsp. ground garlic/ you can do the same with fresh, 1 clove just chop finely.. gives a great flavour!
    1 handful of sweetcorn.
    2 handfuls of chopped bell peppers.
    1 potato cut into cubes.
    1 handful of garden peas.
    2 tsp oregano
    2 tsp basil
    2 tsp salt
    2 tsp pepper
    3 tsp chilli powder
    1 chicken cube with half full jug of boiling water.

    1. Fry the turkey and peppers together on a medium heat, just to brown it slightly.
    2. Drain off any oil left as you don't want a greasy texture to your meal.
    3. Add the tomatoes, chicken stock, and other veg.
    4. Turn the heat up slightly and leave to boil for about 30-40 mins.
    Be careful the bottom of pan doesn't burn! Keep on stirring every 10 mins!

    After a while it should turn in to a lovely smooth tomato sauce, not runny.
    Take a test try of it! If you want more flavour, add to your own desire.

    I served this with white rice.
    70g of rice per person.

    I also served with home made tortillas!
    Just buy a pack of wraps, cut into quarters and fry on medium heat!
    Be careful as they easily burn, you want them to look a golden colour, mine took 30 secs each.
    Sprinkle with salt and enjoy with your meal!


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