16 May 2011

Continuing on with my citrus theme for this summer!  The inspiration for this recipe came from a magazine, but I ended up changing it so much that's not even close to the same recipe anymore.  I marinated turkey tenderloins in a flavorful ginger, honey, and lime marinade then Jim threw them on the grill.  The combination of citrus flavor with smokey grilled flavor just screams "summer" to me!

Ginger Lime Honey Glazed Turkey Tenders

20 oz. fresh turkey tenderloins
½ cup fresh lime juice (2 limes)
¼ cup honey
2 tbsp fresh ginger, grated
½ tsp salt
1 tbsp olive oil

Place turkey tenderloins in a large resealable plastic bag.  In a bowl, combine the lime juice, honey, ginger, and salt.  Stir well to combine.  Remove ¼ cup of the marinade; set aside.  Add oil to remaining marinade and stir.  Pour marinade in bag with turkey, close bag, refrigerate, and marinate for 4 hours.

Remove turkey from marinade and grill over medium heat.  Five minutes before they are done, brush tenders with reserved glaze.

Let rest for a few minutes after grilling and slice against the grain.

Makes 4 servings.

You can certainly leave out the ginger; it would still be really good with just the honey and lime, but you know how much I love ginger!  I only marinated this for about an hour and half when I made it the other night, but I thought it could use a longer marinating time because the flavor didn't seep in very far.  You don't want to marinate it so long that the lime juice starts "cooking" the turkey though.

When I say "20 oz. fresh turkey tenderloins", I'm not talking about that pre-marinated turkey log thing.  I'm talking about these Jennie-O turkey tenderloins.  There are usually 3 in a package.  I often have a really hard time finding them where I shop, but I spotted these at Meijer the last time I went and was so excited to use them.  I love turkey, and not just on Thanksgiving.  I don't understand why you can't buy boneless skinless turkey breasts the way you can chicken breasts.  I know that they taste similar, but I can tell a difference.  I also love the Jennie-O turkey breast cutlets.  The Jennie-O stuff is kind of expensive, so I don't buy it very often, but every once in a while you have to get out of your chicken rut!

I served these with my Ginger Garlic Linguine and oven-roasted zucchini.  It made a great meal.

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