Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Turkey Tenderloin with Autumnal Rice and Rosemary Sweet Potatoes

I really can't kick the fall bug, so I keep indulging in tasty seasonal delights. I decided on Sunday that while I was at the vineyard I'd make something yummy in the crockpot since I use it so rarely. Unfortunately, I decided this when I was at the store 2 hours before I was going to leave, so I had to think on my toes. I spotted turkey tenderloin and was intrigued. It turned out to be quite light and tasty, perfect with the hearty sides I served that evening.

Turkey Tenderloin with Autumnal Rice and Rosemary Sweet Potatoes
3 cloves garlic
1 cup onion, diced
2 pounds turkey tenderloin
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup dry white wine
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
Salt and pepper to taste

Autumnal Rice
2 cups prepared rice (I used basmati)
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup pistachios
1 cup roasted pumpkin, chopped
2 teaspoons cinnamon
Salt and pepper to taste

Rosemary Sweet Potatoes
3 pounds sweet potatoes
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup milk
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon fresh chopped rosemary

For the turkey: Heat a crock pot on low heat. Combine all ingredients and let cook 4 to 5 hours. Remove chicken and slice. Serve with warmed broth mixture over it.

For the rice, cook the rice per the instructions. Combine cranberries, pistachios, pumpkin, cinnamon and salt and pepper.

*To roast pumpkin, carve pumpkin and peel off pumpkin skin. Chop into small pieces, drizzle with olive oil and roast in a 375 degree oven for an hour, depending on the amount and size of pumpkin pieces.

For the sweet potatoes, pierce skins of potatoes with a fork. Roast in a 375 degree oven for an hour. Mash in an electric mixer then add butter and milk. Add salt and pepper and fresh rosemary and mix. Serve and enjoy!

1 comment:

mister sandwich said...

I did some research!

Beef/pig tenderloin: "The Psoas major muscle along the central spine portion, which more or less hangs between the shoulder blade and hip socket."

Turkey "tenderloin": "An all-white piece that comes from the rib side of the breast."

To summarize: mmm, spine portion.