Dang, I was this close to having a new crock pot recipe to share with you!
Chipotle BBQ Turkey Sloppy Joes. Don’t they sound good? Alas, I made too many adjustments to the recipe (red wine vinegar instead of apple-cider vinegar? Regular chili powder instead of chipotle chili powder? What was I thinking?!) and the S-Joe sauce turned out tasting like S-NO sauce.
Thankfully I hadn’t mixed it with the ground turkey before I tasted it, so I still had a full pound of 99% lean ground turkey breast on hand to make dinner with. I visited my recipe arsenal for inspiration and decided to make Turkey Maid-Rites!
Any good Midwesterner would probably tell you that using turkey in this yummy, loose-meat sandwich will quickly turn your Maid-Rite into a Maid-Wrong (sorry I can’t stop…) but Ben and I thought they were wonderful! Maybe better than the original?!
Turkey Maid-Rite Sandwiches
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 package 99% lean ground turkey breast (~1.2lb)
1/2 large onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/2 beef bullion cube
1/2 cup water
pepper, to taste
2 Tablespoons soy sauce
2 Tablespoons steak sauce
1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Sauté turkey, onion and garlic until turkey is just cooked through. Sprinkle flour over the turkey and cook, stirring to coat the meat, for one more minute.
2. Add the rest of the ingredients and warm on low for 10 minutes.
There’s something about that soy and steak sauce – the minute they hit the hot pan – it totally smells like Maid-Rite!
99% lean ground turkey breast is so lean that it can go from being tender and juicy one minute, to taking on the characteristics of dusty gravel the next if cooked too long.
Sautéing the turkey with onion and garlic helped keep the meat moist, and I made sure not to cook it a minute longer than I needed to.
Not only did these sandwiches taste great, but because I used lean ground turkey instead of 90/10 ground beef, they were 50 calories less per serving!
On the side I served Alexia Spicy Sweet-Potato Fries. These babies are SO. SPICY! You definitely need some cooling, cold ketchup for dunking.
How good is really cold ketchup, btw?
Crisis averted. Turkey saved. Bellies full. Yum.
In other news, I got an email from a reader the other day asking if I’ve ever been to San Francisco. She’s heading out there for vacay and wanted to know if I had any recommendations on what to do/see.
Indeed I have been, and do! Ben and I spent a week in the bay city a couple years ago – pre blog – and it ranks as one of my all-time favorite places in the entire country (just behind NOLA…maybe…eek, they might be tied!)
With spring break just around the corner, I thought I’d share my top 10 things to do in San Francisco in case any of you are headed there! I’m leaving out popular and trendy restaurants, because honestly SF has thousands of them and we had great meals wherever we went. What made my list is a mix of touristy sights, outdoor activities and stuff you won’t find anywhere else except this fabulous, NoCal gem!
My Top 10 Things To Do in San Francisco
1. Hike around Sausalito Island.
Sausalito island is located at the non-San Francisco end of the Golden Gate Bridge and is home to some incredible homes and views.
We took a ferry there from Fisherman’s Wharf in SF and spent the afternoon hiking in the sunshine and peeking over the sheer cliffs to the ocean below.
2. Rent a car for the day and drive to Muir Woods.
Muir Woods is home to the world’s oldest and tallest redwood trees. It is impossible to capture how. freaking. huge. they are with a camera.
Walking amongst them will seriously blow your mind and make you want to cry.
In a good way!
3. Drive along the coast.
The views and beach pit stops will have you asking, “Wait, so WHY don’t I live here again??” Get some good friends to show you around too, if you can!
4. Visit Alcatraz Island.
This is simply a San Fran must-see and I learned so much about the island. Like how the guards and their families including their children lived on the island with the inmates!
Make sure to play a fun game of “I won’t talk to you until you say ‘Welcome to the Rock!’ in a Sean Connery accent” like Ben did to me.
5. Go to Bourbon and Branch for a cocktail.
Look up the secret location and entrance password on the Internet, then ask them to take you to “the library!”
6. Shop at the Ferry Plaza and Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market.
THE best outdoor Farmer’s Market and indoor market, um, ever. Just go. Trust me!
7. Lombard Street
They don’t call it the crookedest street in the world for nothin’! (poor Ben being blinded by the sun light but still smiling his little heart out!!!)
If you still have that car from Muir Woods and your coastal drive, give driving down it a shot. Hey, it’s a rental!
8. Eat at the Fog City Diner.
Ok, so there IS a restaurant on my list! My Dad told Ben and I about this place. It’s an old diner with white tablecloths and INSANE food. Best meal of our trip.
9. Visit Ghirardelli Square for free chocolate, then visit the little wine/beer tasting place in the same square for a beer while overlooking the bay.
FREE CHOCOLATE!!!!! ’nuff said. And get the Anchor Steam Beer – mmmm.
10. Explore, explore, explore!
Get off the beaten path and find your own discoveries,
And for Heaven’s sake – have some candy. You’re on vacation!
Gosh there’s like a MILLION other things I could tell you about – but this should get you started!
What are your San Fran favorites?
Where’s your favorite city to travel to in the US? (or in your country if you’re outside the US?)