So with Sammy getting the hang of eating solids, we decided it was time to venture out from fruits and veg into meats. This Ina Garten recipe was a hit when Oliver was her age, and so tonight it was Sammy’s turn (she was a bit skeptical, but ate it with a little mash and steamed carrots). I halved the recipe because no one wants meatloaf for days.
1 1/2 cup of chopped onions
1 tbs. olive oil
1/2 tsp. of fresh thyme
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1/6 cup of Worcestershire sauce
3/8 cup of chicken stock
3/4 tsp. tomato paste
2 1/2 lbs. of ground turkey
3/4 cup of plain bread crumbs
1 egg, beaten
~1/2 cup of ketchup
Preheat the oven to 325°F.
Warm the olive oil in a saute pan over medium heat. Add onions, thyme, salt, and pepper and cook until the onions are translucent. Mix in the Worcestershire sauce, chicken stock, and tomato paste. Take mixture and put in a bowl and let it cool in the freezer for about 5-10 minutes. You don’t want to put your hot mixture in with your cool turkey because you will end up cooking some of the turkey. Plus you don’t want to burn yourself doing the next step.
In a large bowl, combine onion mixture, turkey, bread crumbs, and egg. Mix well, but don’t over mix the turkey. Once combined, put mixture on a baking sheet (I usually line mine with aluminum foil so there’s less clean up) and form mixture into a loaf shape. Then take the ketchup and spread it evenly on top using an offset spatula.
Place in the oven for about 45-50 minutes, or until you get an internal temperature of 160°F (I always go by internal temperature). Serve immediately and the next day the leftovers can be used in sandwiches.
So I know what you are thinking–“how the hell do you give a baby soup if they aren’t even coordinated enough to use a spoon?!” So not to burn them, I serve it luke warm. Then I give them a vehicle (other than a spoon) to help them sop up the soup; with Baby Monster, I cut up grilled cheese and add it to the soup. You can also use bread you have lying around the house, but I would toast it up first. I also put a spoon in the bowl in the off chance he will try and use it. He usually gets frustrated and sticks with his hands. This meal will get very messy–there’s no way around the mess. Just make sure you lay down a tarp on the floor, and you should probably smock up your baby too!
1 can diced tomatoes
1 celery stalk, diced
1 medium carrot, diced
1 small onion, diced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 bay leaf
1 cup chicken broth (you can substitute with vegetable stock if you want to make it strictly vegetarian)
1/2 cup heavy cream
handful leaves of basil, roughly chopped
1/2-3/4 cup of olive oil
pepper to taste
Preheat the oven to 450°F.
Drain the canned tomatoes, but save the juice. In a bowl toss the tomatoes in olive oil (~1/4 of a cup) and pepper. Then spread on a cookie sheet and place in the oven to caramelize, about 15 to 20 minutes.
In a large sauce pan, heat the rest of the olive oil over medium heat. Add your garlic, onions, carrots, and celery in the pot and stir around until softened. Then add your caramelized tomatoes, tomato juice, broth, and bay leaf and bring to a simmer, for about 20 to 30 minutes, until the carrots are soft.
When the carrots are soft, take off the heat, remove the bay leaf, and add your cream and basil. Then take an immersion blender and blend the soup and until smooth. Add more pepper to taste.