Turkey Sautéed with Onions and Almonds

This recipe is an easy way to reinvent leftover turkey into a different and refreshing dish.  Cooked turkey meat is chopped up and added to sautéed onions, slivered almonds and some Middle Eastern spices to produce a light and healthy main course.  It is a nice change after the traditional heavier meals of roast turkey and mashed potatoes, and can be prepared very quickly.  I’ve been making this with our leftover Thanksgiving turkey for many years, and have lost the original source for this recipe.

Turkey sautéed with onions and almonds

3 tablespoons slivered almonds
2 cups thinly sliced onions
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
½ teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup dry sherry
¼ cup raisins (golden or dark raisins, whichever you prefer)
3 cups diced cooked Turkey, preferably breast meat
¼ cup chopped parsley

Toast slivered almonds on a baking sheet in a 250° oven until light brown; set aside.

In a large skillet, heat the olive oil and butter over medium heat.  Add the sliced onions and sauté them until tender, about 8-10 minutes.  Stir in the cardamom, coriander, salt, sherry and raisins.  Cook until most of the liquid has evaporated, then stir in the turkey, parsley and almonds.  Heat through.  Plain couscous is a good accompaniment for this dish.

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