Me: "Can you taste this to see if it needs anything?"
Him: "Ok." As he takes a spoon and smacks his palate together a few times, waving his hand in the air as if some mystery man was going to come down and poop the answer into his head.
Me: Annoyed. "Well?"
Him: "Maybe just some more salt and pepper."
Me: Throws towel onto counter. "You know what, you can just cook for yourself from now on."
I can honestly say that I am no longer a complete A word when asking for suggestions. I love cooking with him and know that his sense of taste is a little more complex than mine. I have a habit of eating random combinations together that he most certainly would not try. That's for another post though.
So the point of the somewhat long introduction in this post was to elude to how Melissa's Turkey Joes came to exist. It was the first dish I made for him a few years ago, when I finally just didn't care what he thought and created a simple yet very delicious meal, that he asks for ALL the time.
Turkey Joes a la Melissa
2 lbs ground turkey
1 1/2-2 cups onions, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, minced (ribs and seeds removed)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
2 tsp ground mustard
1 tbsp chili powder
3 tbsp worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp spicy montreal steak seasoning
2 tsp garlic powder
4 cups tomato sauce
4 tbsp tomato paste
Lil bit of olive oil
Black pepper to your liking
Saute onions and peppers in "lil bit of olive oil" until tender.
Disregard awful photography. It tastes MUCH better than it looks!
I've made this and placed it on a salad before. I pretty much will put anything on a salad. Except tomatoes. Yuck.
The man and I cut the recipe in half today so we wouldn't have as many leftovers. This recipes makes a good amount, definitely more than enough to feed a family of four. Unless I'm feeding my dogs turkey joes, we are only a family of two at the moment. I'm pretty sure it has made the family happy though because this is what I am left with.
Hope everyone enjoyed their St. Patty's Day!!