Thursday, September 25, 2014

Turkey Cacciatore

Fresh herbs and mushrooms make this easy turkey dish a family favorite. Italian for hunter, cacciatore is an American-Italian term referring to food prepared "hunter-style".


1/2 turkey         about 3-½ pounds of turkey, cut into pieces
¾                       cup flour
Salt and freshly ground pepper
3                       tablespoons unsalted butter
4                       tablespoons olive oil

Cacciatore :

1                       medium yellow onion, finely chopped
2                       stalks celery, finely chopped
1                       carrot, peeled and finely chopped
4                       cloves garlic, finely chopped
3                       tablespoons  fresh parsley, finely chopped
2                       tablespoons fresh rosemary, finely chopped
2                       tablespoons  fresh sage, finely chopped
1                       tablespoons  fresh thyme, finely chopped
¼                      cup cognac
1                       pound mixed mushrooms domestic, chanterelles oysters (optional)
½                     cup white wine
2                       cups chicken broth
½                      cup tomato puree
1                       bay leaf


1 .    Put turkey in a plastic bag with flour, salt and pepper. Shake and coat chicken evenly.
2 .    In a heavy skillet, heat butter and olive oil, then add turkey and brown evenly on all sides. Remove and set aside.


1 .    Add onion and celery to the same pan, and sauté until onions become transparent. Add carrot, garlic and herbs, and continue to sauté until vegetables begin to caramelize.

2 .    Add cognac, scraping the bottom of the pan to release brown particles. Add mushrooms and continue to sauté. Add white wine, reduce. Add the chicken broth, tomato puree, and then add the turkey pieces. Add the bay leaf.
3 .    Transfer to a covered casserole dish in a 350-degree oven and continue to cook until chicken is done and sauce is reduced. Adjust seasonings if necessary. Remove turkey to a heated platter, and pour the sauce over top of turkey , put the turkey over spaghetti or rice . Garnish with more parsley.

Pairing :
Fumé Blanc

Light-bodied, dry white wine, with hints of citrus, melon and herbal/grassy notes, slight oak character giving the wine richness with a delicate creaminess.

Flavor Profile:

Chicken, turkey, white-fleshed fish, scallops, oysters, mussels, vegetable-based appetizers, goat cheese, feta cheese, light salads, soups or pasta, Asian food, slightly piquant sauces, asparagus, peas, bell peppers, fresh tomatoes, lemon and orange zest, chives, cilantro, chervil, dill, ginger, parsley. 


  1. Good evening Nee,
    I love Cacciatore, whether it be chicken or turkey. It brings back many memories of my mom making this meal. When we would come home from school you could smell it cooking in the pot, and that to me was pure comfort. Every recipe is a little different as yours is from my moms, but it is such a great dish to have with the weather getting cooler and today being a cool rainy day. Love the turkey and my mom would serve it over rice. Fabulous job, Nee! Thanks for sharing your yummy recipe and have a blessed night.
    Dottie :)

  2. Good evening Dottie ,
    We always made Cacciatore with chicken , I use a lot of turkey to use instead of chicken ... it keeps enjoying their food .
    I also use the other white meat in my Cacciatore (PORK) , also use different herbs and spices .

    The kids is in school and they needs a hearty meal , and they are very active year-round so I give them a balance meal ...
    Serve it over rice or noodles ... it depends on what your taste buds are at the time I was raised in a large family and we always had a full course meal on the table , I have 5 brothers and 3 sisters , ;- D . I am the youngest .
    Thank you dear Dottie for stopping by and have a blessed weekend . ~~Nee~~ ;- D

  3. Cacciatore is delicious and I've made it with turkey, but have to try your recipe with all the good herbs and tomato puree. Have a great weekend!

    1. Hi Pam , With the abundance of tomatoes in the garden this year , puree was the way to go . Thanks for stopping by :)

  4. Oh, Dear Nee, This is a comfort meal. I love meals like this. Blessings dear. Catherine

    1. Hi Catherine , It is time for comfort food and it is so easy . Thanks for stopping by . Blessing to you ;- D Nee


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