Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Go-To Recipe

Am I posting a Cuban recipe on Cinco de Mayo? Yes. Why? Well, I don't know how things are at your house, but this time of year is crazy around here, what with end-of-school events, end-of-semester stuff at the college, conferences, recitals, etc. This is one of my go-to recipes that I can make very quickly.

Picadillo, adapted from the May 2003 issue of Cooking Light (back when we had money to spend on magazines)

1 t. olive oil
1 c. finely chopped onion
1 lb. ground turkey
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup beef broth or 1 c. water + 1 dairy-free bouillon cube
1/3 c. raisins
1/3 c. coarsely chopped pimiento-stuffed olives
3 T. capers
1 T. tomato paste or ketchup
1/4 t. black pepper
salt to taste
rice to serve it on

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Saute onion in oil for five minutes. Add turkey and garlic and cook for five minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Add broth and next five ingredients, stir well. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 25 minutes. Salt to taste. Meanwhile, cook rice. Serve picadillo over rice.

What's one of your go-to recipes?


  1. I'll try the recipe tonight. It's a drizzly day, perfect weather for a fun fiesta! Thanks!

  2. Great recipe. One of my go to recipes is easy Salsa Chicken. Thinly slice 3 boneless skinless half chicken breasts. Salt and pepper to taste. Brown in a pan with some olive oil. Add a jar of salsa, cover until cooked through - about the time it takes to make some rice to serve with it.

  3. This sounds good. I'm going to make it tomorrow night. Somehow, Tuesdays has become our night for Chinese--seems wrong on Cinco de Mayo. Oh well...

  4. Happy Cinco de Mayo! My fastest go-to recipe is tortilla wrap with a variety of fillings - it's always fun and really fast to make - chop some veggies, saute a bit of chicken for those who eat it, grate some cheese for those who eat that - and lots of salsa! So it's even appropriate for Cinco de Mayo.

  5. My easiest thing I don't really have to make. It's just turkey kielbasa or chicken with Zattarains jambalaya mix.

    It takes less than a half hour!