Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Twenty Minute Tuesday - Turkey (or Chicken) Salad Sandwiches and bonus recipe, Home Made Pita Bread

Another quick meal idea for a crazy Tuesday.  The hubs has been picking up overtime shifts left and right, so I am beginning to feel like a single mom.  I'm so thankful for a hardworking hubs who wants me to be home with our girls, so in return, I am working hard to make sure he has healthy meal options to take to work.

Tonight is quick, easy, delicious, and uses minimal ingredients.  I always plan for this particular meal after we've had a roast turkey, or chicken.  It is a perfect way to give new life to leftovers and also makes a fantastic picnic too.

There aren't really exact measurements on this recipe, it is more of a "how you like it" recipe, but here is the general idea.

Turkey (or Chicken) Salad

leftover turkey, or chicken, cut into small cubes
3-4 ribs of celery, chopped
2 shallots, minced
small handful of craisins
zest of one lemon
juice of 1/2 -1 lemon
mayonnaise, enough to bind the ingredients together, but not to make them soggy
salt and pepper to taste

In a medium bowl, mix the turkey, celery, shallots, craisins, and mayo together.   Add lemon zest, lemon juice, salt and pepper.  Spoon filling onto bread or into pitas, add lettuce and enjoy.

Pita Bread
adapted from King Arthur Flour

3 cups All-Purpose flour
2 tsp instant yeast
2 tsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 cup warm water
2 tbsp olive oil

In a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, combine all ingredients to form a rough dough. Continue to mix for 5 minutes until dough is elastic and smooth.

Place dough in a lightly greased bowl and let it rest for 1 hour.  It may not double in size but it will become puffy.

Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces, roll each piece into a ball.

Pre-heat oven to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.

Using a rolling pin, flatten 4 of the dough balls into 6 inch circles.  (they don't have to be perfect circles, mine are far from perfect).  Place them on a lightly greased baking sheet.  When the oven has reached temperature, place the baking sheet on the bottom rack of the oven.  Cook for 5 minutes.  Move to the middle of the oven and bake again for 2 more minutes (this is to brown the pitas).

Remove from the oven, and cool by wrapping them in a clean dry towel (flour sack towels work best for this part).

Repeat with the remaining dough.

Store them in a plastic bag.

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