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You’ll Love These Moist And Cheesy Turkey Dumplings

Turkey and Squash Dumplings with Watercress Dip
Yields 30
Easy to prepare and enough for a large group, these moist turkey dumplings with peppery watercress dip are ideal for a holiday aperitivo. They’ll appeal to guests of all ages with their buttery texture and rich flavor from a generous amount of Grana Padano. Try this recipe and all you’ll need for total happiness is to add a glass of Prosecco.
  2. ⅓ loaf white bread such as ciabatta, with the crust removed and torn into pieces
  3. ½ cup milk
  4. 1 pound ground turkey
  5. 1 ½ cup butternut squash, peeled and grated
  6. ⅔ cup of raisins, soaked overnight then drained
  7. 2 medium eggs, lightly beaten
  8. 1 ½ cup Grana Padano, grated
  9. 1 tablespoon red onion or spring onion tops, finely chopped
  10. Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  11. 4 tablespoons olive oil
  12. Fried sage leaves, to garnish
  14. FOR DIP:
  15. 4 cups watercress
  16. ⅓ cup Grana Padano Riserva 24 months, grated
  17. 1 tablespoon pine nuts
  18. 2 teaspoons salt
  19. ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  1. Mix the bread pieces with the milk and let soak for a few minutes, or until the bread has absorbed all of the liquid.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the ground turkey, grated butternut squash, eggs, Grana Padano, chopped onion, raisins, and soaked bread. Season well with salt and pepper and mix until well blended.
  3. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes to firm up, then form into small round patties, about one inch wide.
  4. While the mixture is in the fridge, prepare the watercress dip. Pick the watercress leaves, discarding the larger tougher stems. Boil a pot of water and blanch half of the leaves by putting in the boiling water for a few seconds. Drain, then run leaves under cold water, and squeeze dry.
  5. Place blanched watercress in a tall measuring cup with the remaining watercress, Grana Padano, pine nuts, salt and pepper, and about ¼ cup of olive oil. Using an immersion blender, start blending. Slowly add the rest of the oil, until you get a creamy paste. Set this aside.
  6. To cook the entire batch, heat two large frying pans, pour 2 tablespoons of oil in each, and gently fry the dumplings for about 5 minutes on each side, until well golden and slightly crusted.
  7. Serve dumplings warm with the watercress dip on the side and garnish with fried sage leaves.
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Grana Padano

Grana Padano cheese has been a part of Italy's proud gastronomic heritage for nearly 1000 years. A staple in Italian cuisine, it has become the world's best-selling PDO cheese. It has a fine grainy structure and a mellow, tasty, yet never overpowering, flavor, and can be found aged between 9 months to over 24 months. Grana Padano possesses unique nutritional features and is naturally lactose free due to its production characteristics and the long ageing process.

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