Like most intelligent humans, I’m a big fan of bacon. In fact, for breakfast every day I have a boring old bowl of oatmeal, along with four slices of bacon. Okay, fine. Turkey bacon. But that’s only because of some silly high cholesterol thing, and yeah I’m trying to eat healthy.
Thing is, as much as I love bacon, when it comes to breakfast meats, I actually prefer sausage. And speaking of sausage (see how smooth I am?), I could eat my body weight in hot dogs if it wouldn’t kill me, but even better than Nathan’s Famous franks would be grilling up some kielbasa. Oh, man is that stuff good.
My dad used to make it on the BBQ every once in a while. Just slice it, toss it on the grill and serve it up with some sauerkraut and your’e in business. Yes, we often had to settle for turkey kielbasa for health reasons, but even that’s insanely delicious! Which brings me to the point of this post: Turkey Kielbasa.
I recently wrote about my awesome trip to BlogHer in NYC, where I pretty much ate all my meals at the Hillshire Farm and Jimmy Dean booths. Their samples were out of this world! Well, the fine folks over at Hillshire Farm were kind enough to send me a voucher for a free Hillshire Farm Product, so that I could whip up my own original recipe and share it with the internet world. And that’s just what I did.
I’m far from a great cook. I can boil water and use a microwave pretty well. Although I am banned from cooking rice in my own house, I can grill a seriously mean turkey burger. (The secret’s all in the basting.) So I gave it all of 10 seconds worth of thought before I came up with the ultimate idea for a new recipe: Turkey Kielbasa Tacos!
Now I didn’t want to go nuts and make real Mexican type of tacos (though, those would be great). Instead, I wanted to do a traditional kielbasa-type meal, just delivered in a taco format.
Turkey Kielbasa Tacos
1 package of Hillshire Farm turkey kielbasa
1 package of fresh sauerkraut
1 jar of garlic dill pickles
1 package of whole wheat tortillas
2 cups of shredded light Colby-Jack cheese
1/2 cup of Russian dressing
1 package of fresh button mushrooms
1 medium Spanish onion
6 cloves of garlic
I’m going to keep this short and simple here, and just briefly describe what I did without specific measurements. You can adjust accordingly, and remember I tried to keep this healthy, but you can certainly change things up.
1. First, I sprayed a frying pan with Pam. I diced up the onions, tossed them in the pan on medium heat and cooked through until translucent. While that’s going on, I warmed up the tortillas. Wrap a stack of them in aluminum foil and stick in the oven at roughly 200 degrees to warm.
2. When the onions were done, I then sliced up the garlic and tossed that in the pan, stirring frequently to keep it from burning. (Remember, burnt garlic = total dinner FAIL).
3. I fully washed the mushrooms and then sliced and diced them. I wasn’t sure if I wanted chunks of mushrooms or slices, so I kind of just did both. Tossed those in and stirred until the mushrooms softened and darkened a bit.
4. Meanwhile, I sprayed another frying pan with Pam. (NOTE: I would have grilled the kielbasa, but it was unfortunately pouring outside.) I cut the turkey kielbasa into a number of long strips, and then sliced each piece lengthwise. I placed all pieces into the frying pan on medium flame. After a few minutes (when the smell started to make my mouth water), I added some sauerkraut to the frying pan, including some of the liquid (but not too much). Let that cook until the sauerkraut is heated and the kielbasa starts blackening slightly on the edges.
5. Once those are done, your tacos are pretty much set. Take a tortilla, spread a small amount of Russian dressing on it. Then place two strips of turkey kielbasa and sauerkraut on top. Add a few spoonfuls of the onion/mushroom mix, and top with some shredded cheese and diced pickles. Fold the tortilla over and eat!
I wasn’t sure how the pickles would work out, but I enjoyed the crunch and the slight flavor it added to the whole mixture. Next time I might experiment by dicing up the kielbasa and mixing it with the onions from the get go to see how that turns out. But for my very first recipe ever, I was pretty pleased with the result, and ate two hearty (and meaty) tacos.
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