"Winging it" Cooking



Okay, so my meal that was planned for tonight was Turkey Cutlets with Lemon Sauce. Sounds pretty good huh? That was what I thought when I wrote it in for Monday's meal. And since I did not include a recipe, I bet y'all thought I must make this fairly regularly. Nope, never made it before. No clue. So, I searched the Internet for a recipe. I found many lemon sauce recipes that sounded really good. Too bad I didn't have those ingredients.

Since none of the recipes were working for me and my pantry, I thought, "Hey! How hard can it be?" I will just Wing it. I swear that is my mantra with most of my cooking. It drives friends and family nuts because they will have something that I cooked and then ask for the recipe. I have no clue what I put in it. And don't even start on me regarding measuring! The only time I measure is when I bake. Cooking, no measuring. A "pinch, dab, smidgen, dollop, squirt, handful, what ever is left over....." those are my measurements. One Christmas I found a measuring spoon set that the measurements were "pinch, dab, dollop and something else" and I bought them for my husband as a stocking stuffer. He loves to cook too. He measures.

I believe in using up things that I have on hand. Even if they seem a bit unconventional for the recipe. One of the things I have been using a lot of lately is dry baby cereals. I have a bunch of them and they are loaded with great stuff so, why not. I use them to thicken gravies, substitute some of the flour in recipes those kinds of things.

So, here is how my "winging it" meal went.

I put together a coating for the turkey. It consisted of:

Dry rice cereal
a handful of Lays Baked Southwest chip crumblets (the last of the bag)
salt
pepper
garlic powder
onion powder
Fresh from our garden, chopped fine, tarragon, dill and purple basil.

I dredged the turkey in an egg & milk mix and then coated with above dry ingredients. Placed them in a hot skillet with some veggie oil. Cooked both sides. About 35% of the coating ended up in the pan.

The lemon Sauce.
De-glazed turkey frying pan with some water and added the following

More chopped tarragon, dill and basil
milk
dry baby rice cereal
pepper
sugar
salt
garlic
onion
1.5 squeezed lemons
butter

I simmered the sauce. It got a little thick and too much like gravy so I thinned it out with some chicken broth.

Long grain rice went into a pot and cooked.

I chopped up some cucumbers and mixed them with a small amount of Greek dressing.

I served the turkey and rice with the sauce ladled over it. My hubby had almost 3 servings! He said he loved it! I actually liked it as well. To bad I won't ever be able to make it exactly like that again!

Reason no picture? I put a beautiful plate together and grabbed the camera to find it dead! And for crying out loud, I even cleaned a little section of the kitchen to take the picture in! Arghhhh!

This post is linked to Blessed With Grace "Tempt my Tummy Tuesday"







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3 comments :

  1. Sounds great! Too bad your camera did work, it would have been fun to see a pic!

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  2. Thank you for the recipe and linking to TMTT.

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