Spicing Up His Helper

My eldest went off to college for the first time several years ago, but as he decided to spend his first two years living in a residence hall, he never really had to think about cooking on a regular basis. The Ranting Wife cooks and you all know that I do, but for some reason neither of our sons has ever expressed much interest in the kitchen (or even the grill).

Both boys have been heavily involved in scouting (eldest an Eagle Scout and youngest on his way to becoming one), and through monthly camps over many years, they’ve learned to make a few basic dishes. Neither, though, has done any family cooking (except the handful of meals required for the cooking merit badge).

As my eldest was planning on spending the summer at school, he sub-let an apartment and started to think about life without a meal plan. In reality, I thought about it much more than he did. I looked through all of my kitchen-related items and parsed what I thought he might use (beyond a colander, spoon and pot to make his favorite Kraft Mac and Cheese).

I know when I was just starting out cooking and working through recipes, I found I was buying a new spice every week. As most of the time only a little is used and they are pretty expensive, it can be a deterrent to making more than basic items (dinners that have the word “Helper” attached to them). To help him out, I decided to give him a little of some key spices.

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I found a two-week pill holder in the medicine aisle and repurposed it to spices. I don’t think I can take credit for the idea because I think I must have seen in on some list of kitchen hacks before, but it was perfect for him. Who knows if he’ll use them but at the very least he could spice up his “Helper”.

Sweet and Spicy Satsuma Turkey

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Talk about your spices, this dish requires several. They work really well and this is very tasty.

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There is a lot to this dish.

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Turkey is done. Time to make the sauce.

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In process.

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Sweet and Spicy Satsuma Turkey

Servings: 8 servings (serving size: 5 ounces turkey and 1/2 cup sauce)


3 cups thinly sliced red onion (1 large onion)
3/4 cup riesling or other slightly sweet white wine
2/3 cup fresh orange juice (2 large oranges)
1/3 cup orange marmalade
2 teaspoons tamarind paste
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
3 3/4 pounds bone-in turkey thighs, skinned
2 teaspoons five-spice powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon canola oil
2 cups fresh Satsuma mandarin orange sections (about 7 oranges)
1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
Sliced green onions (optional)


1. Combine first 6 ingredients in a 5-quart oval electric slow cooker.

2. Rinse turkey with cold water; pat dry. Sprinkle turkey with five-spice powder and salt. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add turkey; cook 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until browned. Place turkey in a single layer over onion mixture in slow cooker, overlapping slightly. Add orange sections. Cover and cook on LOW for 4 hours.

3. Remove turkey from slow cooker. Remove bones from turkey; discard bones. Place turkey on a platter. Pour cooking liquid and orange sections into a medium saucepan, reserving 1/4 cup cooking liquid. Combine reserved cooking liquid and cornstarch in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Stir cornstarch mixture into orange mixture in saucepan. Bring to a boil; cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute or until sauce thickens.

4. Serve sauce over turkey. Sprinkle with green onions, if desired.

Nutritional Info: Calories 277
Caloriesfromfat 0.0 %
Fat 5.7 g
Satfat 1.4 g
Monofat 2 g
Polyfat 1.6 g
Protein 28.6 g
Carbohydrate 24.7 g
Fiber 1.8 g
Cholesterol 109 mg
Iron 2.8 mg
Sodium 398 mg
Calcium 59 mg

Source: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/sweet-spicy-satsuma-turkey

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Categories: Indian, kosher, Low Carb, Main Dish 3, Recipes, Slow Cooker, Turkey, Wine

Author:The Ranting Chef

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2 Comments on “Spicing Up His Helper”

  1. October 13, 2015 at 4:00 pm #

    Congratulations to your sons on becoming Eagle Scouts! My husband is an Eagle Scout
    and he has so many fond memories of his scouting days and uses the skills he learned in scouting to this day. Cooking was not one of the skills he picked up but like your sons he knows
    enough about it so he won’t starve if I am out of town.


  2. saaralson
    October 14, 2015 at 8:52 am #

    The foods looks absolutely delicious! 😛 I must try this at home.
    And I actually can recognize my brothers from your text. They’ve never been too intereted at cooking. Both of my parents are great cooks and enjoy spending time in the kitchen, and I’ve picked up with that. Just last year I had to teach my youngest (at the time 19 years) how to cook spaghetti 😀
    Well, they’re learning 🙂


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