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Turkey Sloppy Joes with Hoisin and Cilantro

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Serves 4

  • by from Fine Cooking
    Issue 121

Hoisin sauce, a thick sweet-and-spicy Chinese condiment, gives ground turkey a deep and savory flavor in this new twist on a classic American sandwich.

  • 1 Tbs. canola oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 medium red onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 medium clove garlic, mashed to a paste with 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 3/4 tsp. finely grated fresh ginger
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 8-oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 3/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 2 Tbs. fresh lime juice; more to taste
  • 4 split egg twist rolls or sesame seed hamburger buns, toasted if desired

Heat the oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring frequently with a wooden spatula, until softened, about 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium, add the garlic, ginger, and cayenne and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the turkey and cook, stirring constantly and breaking it up into small pieces, until it no longer looks raw, about 4 minutes.

Stir in the tomato sauce and hoisin sauce, increase the heat to medium high, and cook, stirring often, until thickened, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the cilantro and lime juice, adding more lime juice to taste. Serve in the buns.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 380; Fat (g): fat g 14; Fat Calories (kcal): 130; Saturated Fat (g): sat fat g 3; Protein (g): protein g 28; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 6; Carbohydrates (g): carbs g 35; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 4.5; Sodium (mg): sodium mg 900; Cholesterol (mg): cholesterol mg 75; Fiber (g): fiber g 3;

Photo: Scott Phillips

My partner made this for dinner this evening. He followed the recipe exactly. He served his on split hearth-baked focaccia and I had mine on whole-grain sour dough bread. Do not let the simplicity of this recipe dissuade you from trying it. It's packed with flavour, balanced, ready in under 1/2 an hour, warm, and comforting. Just a sprinkle of flaked salt at the table and a dusting of fresh cilantro.

really great - will make again. tomato sauce was a little odd at first with Asian flavors, but really good. We squeezed a little fresh lime juice before serving and used butter lettuce for our gluten free guests.

This is a great, fast recipe.

Made this over the weekend and doubled the recipe. Used all the ingredients except substituted dried cilantro for the fresh which was okay but fresh would have been better. Might add a little more cayenne next time than called for in the recipe. The hoisin and red onion blended well and added a great taste. Also, toasted the egg twist rolls in salted butter using a cast iron skillet.

I always feel secure about recipes when seeing "Longbotham" as author. Last night's dinner did not disappoint. Yes, this is an utterly simple creation, but most delicious. This reminded us very much of "Moo Shoo" that we so enjoy when heading out for a Chinese meal. This dish will be a "go to" on nights when we want lots of flavor with little effort! Thank you Lori for this one. Cheers, Jeff

Nice for something different but not spectacular. Good for a weeknight since it was quick. Didn't add the lime as it wasn't at all spicy and I didn't think it was needed. Would make again but not in a hurry, and would probably double the spice.

This was delicious. The ginger, cilantro, lime combination was great and we will definitely make it again. I used less hoisin than the recipe called for and it still turned out amazing. Next time we're going to try it lettuce wrap style with butter lettuce.

This is excellent! I didn't use the cayenne pepper and didn't miss it. Otherwise made it as written. Great flavor profile, had all the pantry items, used "sweet" sandwich rolls and will be making again.

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