As a former instructor at the CIA and an active mentor in my community, I truly believe that every day holds an opportunity for me to teach others. At Butterball, I’m asked a lot of questions about our brand and products on a daily basis. I’d say the most frequent would be, “What can you do with turkey?”—now that’s a question I love to answer.
Some chefs see turkey as a holiday dinner staple or an ingredient in sandwiches, and nothing more. I love showing people just how versatile this protein can be. It’s actually a blank canvas that will take to nearly any preparation or flavor out there.
I encourage all chefs to experiment with innovative and creative applications. Use your unique culinary background to inspire the way you use turkey on the menu. My family is Italian, and I grew up with that type of cuisine. It’s what I’m most familiar with and most comfortable cooking. I find ways to make twists on my favorite recipes by using turkey instead of pork or beef. I use turkey in sausage, and I’ve created a healthier version of traditional porketta—I call it the turketta.
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