An easy stew that can be on the table in half an hour is always a good recipe to know. Lingonberries, like cranberries, go extremely well with turkey.
The turkey breast can be substituted with chicken, if you like. And if you want to use leftover roast turkey or chicken, simply add the roast meat to the softened onion and continue cooking as in the method below.
Quick turkey and lingonberry stew / Snabb gryta med kalkon och lingon
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
1 large head of broccoli, cut into florets
A knob of butter
Sea salt and black pepper
2 tbsp rapeseed oil
1 onion, peeled and finely sliced
3 sprigs of fresh thyme
450g (1lb) turkey breast, cut into strips
200ml (7fl oz) chicken stock
1 tbsp cornflour
250ml (9fl oz) single cream
100g (3½oz) frozen lingonberries or cranberries, defrosted
1 tbsp finely chopped fresh chives
Fresh bread, to serve
Put the broccoli into a steamer until tender. Toss in butter and a pinch of salt, cover and set aside.
Meanwhile, put half the oil into a large frying pan and add the onion and thyme. Fry over a low heat for 10 minutes, until soft, then remove. Add the remaining oil to the pan and turn up the heat.
When hot, add the strips of turkey breast and cook, stirring occasionally, until the turkey browns all over. Once golden brown, tip the onion and thyme back in and add the stock.
Mix the cornflour with 2tbsp of water to make a thin paste, then stir into the stock in the pan and bring to the boil. Once the mixture has thickened, take it off the heat, stir in the cream, season generously with black pepper and add salt, to taste.
Add the lingonberries or cranberries and scatter the chives all over (don’t stir lingonberries through the sauce as they will make the cream split). Serve with the broccoli and some fresh bread to dip in.
Top tip / Don’t stir the lingonberries through the sauce as they will make the cream split.
Get ahead / The stew without the lingonberries can be frozen and reheated. You may need to add a dash of stock if the sauce is too thick.
Originally featured in The Daily Mail.
Recipe from my latest cookbook The Little Swedish Kitchen. Order it on amazon now!
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