TURKEY, BLACK BEAN and ORZO SALAD adapted from a recipe in Gourmet Magazine
For the dressing: • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice • 1 1/2 tablespoon white wine vinegar • 2 large garlic cloves, minced and mashed to a paste with 1/2 teaspoon salt • 1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin • 2/3 cup olive oil • 1/2 pound orzo
• 4 cups poached turkey breast (recipe follows for poaching)
• 1 red bell pepper, chopped fine • 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped fine • 1 red onion, chopped • 2-15 ounce cans black beans, rinsed and drained • 1/3 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro • shredded romaine for lining the platter • 2 avocados 1. In a blender, blend together the lime juice, vinegar, garlic paste, jalapeno, the cumin and salt & pepper to taste until the mixture is smooth. With the motor running, add the olive oil slowly until emulsified. 2. In a large saucepan of salted boiling water, cook the orzo until done, drain in a colander and rinse under cold water. Let the orzo cool in a large bowl, then toss it together with the turkey, bell peppers, onion, beans, cilantro and the dressing. Arrange the romaine on a large serving platter. Spoon the turkey salad over it and top with chopped avocados.
To poach a whole turkey breast: • 5 1/2 to 6 pound whole turkey breast with skin and bone (I purchased a 3 pound half breast and followed the same instructions, halving all of the other ingredients) • 1 large onion, chopped • 3 carrots, chopped • 2 bay leaves • 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons distilled white wine vinegar
In a deep kettle, combine the turkey breast with enough cold water to cover it by 1-inch and remove the turkey breast. To the kettle add the onion, carrots, bay leaves, peppercorns and the vinegar. Bring the mixture to a boil and add salt to taste. Return turkey breast to the kettle and poach it, covered, at a bare simmer for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Remove kettle from heat and let the turkey breast cool in the liquid, uncovered, for about 30 minutes, and drain, discarding the other ingredients.