Super Food: Turkey with Blueberry Pan Sauce

Turkey with Blueberry Pan SauceJust in time for Thanksgiving, our expert contributor Deb Cantrell shares a turkey recipe that packs the Super Food power of blueberries for a sweet twist on the seasonal favorite!

Blueberries – Berries (of all kinds) are rich in vital nutrients, yet low in calories. They are sweet, yet a low-glycemic food. They are excellent sources of potassium, pure water, water-soluble fibers, and flavonoids, which serve as protection against environment stress.

Berries alter the body’s reaction to allergens, viruses, and carcinogens. They are also a good source of the anti-cancer compound ellagic acid. Blueberries contain a long list of phytonutrients, which function both as antioxidants and as anti-inflammatory compounds in the body.

Turkey with Blueberry Pan Sauce

Yield / Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1-tablespoon fresh rosemary
  • 1-teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1-pound turkey tenderloin
  • 2-tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped shallots (about 2 medium)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 cups blueberries
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

 

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 450.
2. Sprinkle salt, pepper, thyme, rosemary and poultry seasoning over turkey on both sides. Brush both sides with 1-tablespoon olive oil.  Place turkey in a roasting pan. Roast until the turkey is just cooked through and no longer pink in the middle, 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer the turkey to a plate and tent with foil to keep warm.
3. Place the skillet over medium heat. Add 1-tablespoon olive oil. Add shallots and garlic cook, stirring constantly, until the shallots begin to brown, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Add blueberries and vinegar. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally and scraping up any brown bits, until the blueberries burst and release their juice and the mixture becomes thick and syrupy, 4 to 5 minutes. Slice the turkey and serve with the blueberry pan sauce.

© 2011 Savor Culinary Services

Thanks to Deb Cantrell, Senior Certified Personal Chef (CPC) and Owner of Savor Culinary Services  http://www.thesavorchef.com for this Super Food recipe perfect for the Thanksgiving Holiday!


For more Super Food Recipes, be sure to see our Super Food series.

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