We're on our way to the airport ..
I bring you cauliflower
I adore my new neighbor
Not long ago .. when The Chef & I decided two households should become one .. I got to move across town to a brand new neighborhood .. close to the ISU.. great places for long walks ..
The nicest couple live next door ..
When they travel to places far & wide .. we get to watch their very handsome kitty cat
He's always waiting for me at the door .. keeps me company while I check his litter box .. give him fresh water .. a bit of dry food .. a bit of wet ..
Maybe .. just maybe .. a treat or two as I'm getting ready to go .. (ahem .. nothing to see here)
So in their honor .. something special seemed in order ..
With the cauliflower saved from certain death
The Chef took the challenge .. and man .. I tell you what .. it was one my favorite weeknight dinners we've had lately
The ingredients are all quite simple on their own .. turkey .. veggies .. wild rice .. but it's the marinade that makes the meal
Everything soaked before being skewered & then baked in the oven on a parchment lined cookie sheet
I came on the scene only when he said “Madam .. dinner is served ..”
So when he handed me the recipe's print-out .. I noticed skewers.
“You did skewers on the grill?”
“Nope .. skewers in the oven” .. Pregnant Pause .. “Ever tried to skewer a cauliflower? Tricky ..”
Can't say that I have ..
He makes me smile
ps: What is Yakitori anyway? A brand new food word to be known .. according to wikipedia .. yakitori (or grilled chicken) is a Japanese type of skewered chicken .. though “yakitori” can also refer to skewered food in general.
~ Adapted from biggirlssmallkitchen.com
Turkey & Cauliflower Yakitori
- For the marinade
- 2/3 cup white wine
- 2/3 cup soy sauce
- black pepper
- 1 head roasted garlic
- 1 ? piece ginger peeled and thinly sliced
- For the turkey/b]
- metal skewers
- 20 turkey meatballs
- 1 head cauliflower cut into bite-sized pieces
- 1/2 a red onion cut into wedges
- wild rice cooked according to package directions
- Combine all of the marinade ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Lower the heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes, or until its been reduced by about half.
- When the marinade has come to room temp, add the turkey meatballs, cauliflower, and onion. Let sit in the fridge for at least half an hour (longer is ok)
- In the mean time .. Cook the rice according to the package directions.
- Preheat the oven to 400°F. Add the ingredients, in rotating order to the skewers Placed on a parchment-lined baking sheet .. a little ways apart.
- Bake 30 to 35 minutes, until the turkey is cooked through and the cauliflower is crisp on the outside, tender on the inside.
- Of .. if you find the cauliflower skewing .. challenging .. nothing bad would happen if you just baked all of the parts on your parchment lined cookie sheet.
- Serve the turkey, cauliflower, and onions on top a bed of wild rice