French tarragon was in the CSA box this week. I’ve never had tarragon or worked with it before so I did some research. Wikipedia states, “Tarragon is one of the four fines herbes of French cooking, and is particularly suitable for chicken, fish and egg dishes”. It kind of tastes like anise/fennel, so if you like licorice and/or those semi sweet/interesting tasting herbs, you might really like tarragon. I personally hate licorice but I was pretty cool with the tarragon.
Been eating a lot of red meat lately and since I despise chicken, I decided to make a recipe with ground turkey. And since I had a bunch of cute lil zucchinis and squash, I decided to turn them into ‘boats’ to transport the turkey. Gobble Gobble!
The items from my CSA box used in this recipe are the zucchini & yellow squash, carrots, garlic (scapes) and tarragon.
Tarragon Turkey Boats
- 6 Zucchini/yellow Squash
- 2 Carrots
- 1.5 cups Ricotta Cheese
- 1.2 pounds Ground Turkey
- 0.5 cup Sesame Seeds
- 4 sprigs 4 Sprigs Tarragon About 1/2 cup
- Salt And Pepper
- Valentina's Hot Sauce if you want some more 'kick' in the flavor without the carbs
- Cut zucchini length wise in half. If using yellow squash, slice down the middle (so the bottom and top are their own separate halves)
- Place squash on tinfoil lined baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and bake for at least 30 minutes
- While waiting for your squash to bake/roast, mince up your garlic and carrots. I used a food processor to mince up the carrots after peeling and chopping them into chunks. Made quick work of them!
- Heat up some oil in a sautee pan and sautee the garlic and carrots until softened. Add in the ground turkey and cook through.
- Pour turkey/carrot mixture into a bowl and mix in the ricotta and sesame seeds. Heavily salt to taste (it took a lot of salt to season it)
- Mix in tarragon to preferred taste (and hot sauce, if using)
- Remove squash from oven, let cool and scoop out the seeds with a corer, which makes quick work on squash, or a spoon/weapon of choice
- Fill middle of squash with the turkey mixture and broil if need to heat up