A little late for Cinco de Mayo, but ‘muy bueno’ nonetheless.
Fricassée: A French cooking term usually indicating a thick, chunky stew of meat (often chicken or veal) made with vegetables and sometimes wine.
That said, my first introduction to the term fricassée came many years ago through an unlikely source far from the Champs de Elysse. I discovered it in a cookbook written by a Puerto Rican chef and I wrote about it in Puerto Rico Style Short Ribs post.
So, it wasn’t much of a stretch after that to take it a little further west and give it some Mexican love. [Frequent visitors to FOODalogue may remember that I had a container of frozen mole from the last culinary challenge which I used as the flavor base for this dish.]
Mexican Turkey Fricassée
- 1-1/2 lbs turkey tenderloin (breast) cut in 1 inch cubes
- 1-1/2 cups mole (see link above for recipe)
- ¼ cup chicken broth
- 1 plum tomato chopped
- 2 small zucchini chopped
- 1 carrot chopped
- 2 dried plums chopped
- ½ onion chopped
- olive oil
- dry seasonings (salt, black pepper, chipotle)
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1 cup corn niblets
- toasted pumpkin seeds
- 1 tortilla rolled, cut in thin strips and toasted.
- mixed herbs (I used cilantro and mint)
- Season meat and saute in olive oil.
- Add mole and chicken broth.
- Cook on medium low for about 30 minutes.
- Add vegetables and plums.
- Cook about an additional 15 minutes.
- Toast pumpkin seeds in dry pan.
- Toast tortilla strips in dry pan.
: Top with fresh herbs, pumpkin seeds, and tortilla strips.
Postscript: Great flavors, satisfying dish … the only thing that could have made it better (for me) would have been dark meat.
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