Turkey-roni Saved From Disaster

Turkey-Roni  ©Diane Eblin

Turkey-Roni ©Diane Eblin

Here’s a piece of advice I need to follow in the future.  Don’t watch The Tudors while cooking or things will likely burn on top of the stove.   Well I was not paying attention to my skillet and my turkey-roni started to burn.  Still not paying attention, I added the liquid which then revealed liquid.  Now you need to be fast and get the unburned food out of the skillet before it infuses throughout the dish.  I quickly grabbed another skillet and a large slotted spoon.  Tossed everything into the new pan and sauced it up with red wine.  Well it worked and you could not tasted the burnt turkey and onion.  I hope you don’t have this same experience, but if you do act fast and you might get lucky too.


1 pound organic ground turkey
1 onion diced
1-2 cloves of garlic diced
1-2 pounds grape tomatoes
3 oz tomato paste
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp basil
1-2 cups wine
1-2 cups water or stock
Sea Salt and Pepper to taste
extra virgin olive oil


Saute the onions in the hot oil until soft and translucent but not browned.  Add in your turkey meat along with the garlic and cook until no longer pink.  Mix in the seasonings, water or stock and add the tomatoes.  Put the lid on and cook over medium high heat and let the tomatoes cook and burst open.  This should take 10-20 minutes. Once they have burst open add in the wine and tomato paste.

Serve mixed with pasta.  I use quinoa elbow noodles from Ancient Harvest.  It’s gluten free and rice free.

For more gluten free dinners check out The Gluten Free Homemaker, What’s For Dinner Wednesday.

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10 Responses to Turkey-roni Saved From Disaster

  1. Linda April 8, 2009 at 6:02 am #

    That looks so pretty. I'm glad you were able to save it!

  2. Rachel April 8, 2009 at 6:44 am #

    So glad you were able to save it, and it looks very tasty. Thanks for the great idea.

  3. Diane Eblin April 8, 2009 at 6:47 am #

    Rachel and Linda- Thank you, I was very glad too. How do I explain to my wonderful husband I was drooling over Jonathn Rhys Meyers instead of cooking?

  4. WendyGK April 8, 2009 at 9:23 am #

    Too funny. Twitter almost ruined dinner a few days ago. Burned the risotto. 🙂

  5. Gina April 8, 2009 at 2:12 pm #

    I'm glad I'm not the only one burning food! Great story and thanks for the recipe.

  6. Diane Eblin April 8, 2009 at 6:26 pm #

    Wendy- Twitter has that affect on me too. Especially the gluten free Twitter party. I had my computer on the counter next to my stove proving to my family there really is no hope for me.
    Gina- I think we all need to burn a few dishes here and there, especially for a good reason. 🙂
    Thank you for your comments! – Diane

  7. gfe-gluten free easi April 9, 2009 at 1:28 am #

    LOL … laughing "with" you and not "at" you as the old saying goes. We've all been there! And, didn't you feel like a hero when you executed the save? 😉 Sounds tasty! I like the part where the tomatoes "burst open" and you add the wine and tomato paste. 🙂

  8. Brian April 9, 2009 at 2:02 pm #

    I've sure had my share of disasters, luckily you were able to save yours. I really like those quinoa elbow noodles too.

  9. Jessie April 12, 2009 at 7:33 pm #

    There were a lot of near misses this week at the WFDW I see. Instead of going for the save I just walked the bases and skipped a hit all together! I'm glad I stopped by anyway, better late than never. I'm planning to put the boys on tortilla duty just as soon as I can get my hands on some masa flour! I'm going to link your tortilla recipe this week if I make it to bat this time! 🙂


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