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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Riddle Me This: How Do You Have A Turkey Strata With No Turkey Meat?




The answer of course, is that you use turkey eggs! I scored some turkey eggs ( free range!) and as you can see by the photo, they are huge! Poor turkey- it would be like a human trying to crap a watermelon! I read up on them, finding to my surprise they won a taste test turkey vs. chicken egg...They they had a different but superior flavor to chicken eggs,and averaged 1.5 to 2 times the size! They are a beautiful egg, speckled and more, well, egg-shaped! I decided to make a strata from them- recipe as follows..
1. Chop 8oz. of high quality ham into 3/8" square cubes.
2. Chop sweet onion and fresh mushrooms, saute in butter until nearly dry.
3. Cut sharp cheddar into cubes same size as ham.
4. Cut 8 slices of white bread into cubes.
5. Scramble 5 turkey eggs with 1-1/4 cups of milk, seasoned with black coarse pepper, salt and savory to taste.
Take 9 x 13 pan, greased, and layer half of bread. Spread all ingredients except egg mixture over bread, then layer rest of bread on. Pour egg mixture over all. Bake at 350F for 40 minutes, loosely cover with aluminum foil, bake for another 20 minutes until toothpick comes out fairly dry.. Sausage or bacon could be used instead of ham, if you wish!
Don't be put off by using an egg like this- you will be pleasantly surprised!
P.S.- For the less adventuresome, use 8 ex-large chicken eggs instead of 5 turkey eggs..Chicken!!!

46 comments:

doggybloggy said...

mmmm I can imagine the richness - we had duck eggs on occasion when I was a kid and they were incredibly rich.

Brian Miller said...

intriguing...have never had turkey egg...doesn't sound like it would be fun passing one either...but the dish sounds delicious.

buffalodick said...

DogB- I wasn't surprised- I was floored! Incredible! I expected effort to make this good, and I got great without trying! This woman will give me as many as I want!

buffalodick said...

Brian- To try is half way to success! I had doubts, but learned a valuable lesson!

Christiejolu said...

Couldn't get the image of crapping a watermelon out of my head...ouch!

I guess Turkey eggs can't be too much different than chicken eggs. I am curious now!

buffalodick said...

Christie- Never had one- now will eat one anytime, anywhere!

Jen said...

We had a few turkeys on our "farm" when I was growing up. Turkey eggs are delicious.

Ruth said...

Sounds delicious!! Wish I could get my hands on some turkey eggs, yum!!

Chef E said...

Hubby scored some duck eggs and bought 'one' turkey egg this morning at whole foods, and I was planning breakfast tacos tomorrow- Yours looks and sounds great, I cannot wait to play, cannot imagine laying them!

buffalodick said...

Jen- Amen! I was so suprised!
Ruth- never even thought of them, until I got them for free!
Chef- What a treat you are in for!

The Gypsy Chef said...

Turkey eggs? Don't ask me why, but I've never heard of them. Guess I never gave much thought to how turkeys arrive on the planet.
Had to check out you blog and see what you were up too.
Pam

buffalodick said...

Gypsy- Always doing something odd, but good! You are always welcome here!

highlandsranchfoodie said...

I've had duck eggs but never even thought about turkey eggs. Never seen them for sale. This looks gobble-gobble good.

John McElveen said...

How cool! I never got into Turkey Hunting..they are just too cool to Kill.

I wonder why there has never been a market for them? Maybe they don't lay out like chickens in farming them? I would love to try them!

Good info man!

John

buffalodick said...

Highlander- My first time, and pleased as punch with flavor

sage said...

Where did you get the turkey eggs? Since you seem to know Middleville, do you know Otto Farms, I fixed one of their turkeys for THanksgiving--it was wonderful. I don't know if they do eggs.

Vickie said...

Yummy! I love to try new foods and this looks really good! I've had something simular with hen eggs, but I think it had green chiles. Nice post!

Marjie said...

So, you're saying if I can't find turkey eggs at my Agway and am forced to use chicken eggs, then I'm chicken? Unfair, Buff!

Martha said...

Sounds great! I'd love to try them. Love your lobster smackdown entries too :-)

Pam said...

How did you find turkey eggs?

John McElveen said...

You inspired me to do a Food post!

J

g-man said...

Wow...Lucky Dog!
You must know a farmer?
My Father-In-Law when he was alive used to raise Geese, Pigeons, chickens, and ducks.
Duck Eggs are the Bomb!
Never had a turkey egg, but I bet it would be Kick Ass!

Chris said...

Very cool, Buff. I've never had anything other than chicken eggs and maybe quail once or twice. Those things are huge. I bet trying to bake with them would be frustrating getting your proportions right:)

Excellent looking stratta, especially with a little hot sauce on top.

buffalodick said...

Highlander- Came out of the blue..really good!
John- Most eggs go into the production of turkeys!
Sage- I have heard of Otto farms for fresh turkeys! I'll be at the Nitehawk Bar(close to Saskatoon!) in Alto for a chili cook-off Sat. A C-Snip fund raiser..
Vick- chicken eggs work fine for this..
marjie- I expected more people to not want to try turkey eggs!
Martha- Thanks!
Pam- A woman my wife works with raises free range turkeys...Has too many to take care of right now..they were free!
John- Jump in the action!
G-man- they were big, large yolked, and yolk was more yellow than pale!

buffalodick said...

Chis- recipe called for 8 eggs, I used 5 turkey eggs...hot sauce and eggs are a given in this house!

Akelamalu said...

I have to say I've never seen a Turkey egg let alone tasted one. I've had duck eggs but they were a bit strong for me.

Ji said...

what fabulous idea!
lovely food,
smart post!

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sage said...

send me details on the chili cook-off... I haven't participated in one since leaving the west--can't this saturday as I have to be in Lansing during the morning, but might could stop by and support it. my email: Sagecoveredhills (at) gmail.com

buffalodick said...

Ake- I have to provide proof of my insanity once in a while!
Ji- Welcome to the blog!

buffalodick said...

Sage- can't e-mail you- tried..Tasting starts at 2:30-3PM

Barbara said...

Talk about your old Michigan recipes! This one is from the 60's!
(Sans turkey eggs of course) I think that's when stratas were invented! I still serve a cheese and bacon one for brunch every Christmas morning...my kids insist upon it.
You're lucky to have a turkey farm nearby! Wish I did!

Raining cats and dogs here today.

buffalodick said...

Barb- I got lucky with this..looks like I have a supply of them for a long time! Breakfast casseroles are in every church cook book in Western Michigan!

The Good Cook said...

Free Range Turkey Eggs? I'm so proud of you right now I could cry.

Kate said...

Whee! Free Range Eggs! Cowgirl only has chickens, so that's what I get, but those look magnificent!

buffalodick said...

GoodCook- They were great! I have one left!
Kate- They really are a pretty egg!

The Blonde Duck said...

I am so curious now.

buffalodick said...

BlondeD- I will always be trying new things as long as available! More often than not, they are good!

carma said...

and now I'm feeling naive -- didn't realize there was such a thing as an egg laying turkey *hangs head in shame*

Green-Eyed Momster said...

Can you just send me some? I'm lazy!
:)

tattytiara said...

I'm allergic to all things poultry, but it would be interesting to cook with one of those things!

Gloria said...

You always surprise me! huggs!! gloria

Just telling it like it is said...

Okay I'm not going to lie...turkey eggs kind a gross me out! but if anyone can make them good it is you!!

buffalodick said...

carma- These were intended to be turkeys, but the woman had too many..unusual to see them at all!
Momster- I don't know if they would survive the trip!
T.T.- Too bad! I love eggs!
Gloria- I'm unusual..if I was rich I'd be peculiar!
Darngirl- They are really good!

All Our Fingers in the Pie said...

Turkey eggs...I have never had them. I wonder if I can find some this summer. Hey, check my blog tomorrow for a surprise.

buffalodick said...

Fingers- Welcome to the blog!