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Turkey Sausage Pilaf, step by step

The thing about a Ming Tsai recipe is how wonderfully the aroma of ingredients fill the kitchen. For this recipe, it was the ginger hitting the warm canola oil, and later the white wine to deglaze the pan. Why I don’t use those ingredients more often in my cooking, I do not know. For the white wine, I chose the 2008 Vendemmia Coenobium ($27) from Lazio in Italy, which I’d picked up a few weeks ago at a very special tasting with winemaker Giampiero Bea at The Wine Bottega in the North End.

Making this recipe took one trip to the grocery store, one knife, one pan, and one hour. There was also only one substitution of ingredients: my grocery store doesn’t carry turkey sausage, so I swapped out chicken sausage.

The photos below take you through this recipe, step by step.

One large onion, minced.

One tablespoon ginger, minced.

Three celery stalks, cut into quarter-inch dice.

One red bell pepper, cut into quarter-inch dice.

Browning the sausage in canola oil.

Adding vegetables to the pan to soften.

Completed dish before going into the oven to bake for 45 minutes.


Cathy Huyghe writes for the WGBH Daily Dish blog. Read new WGBH Daily Dish posts every weekday, where you can explore myriad ways and places to experience good food and wine.


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