Turkey in pineapple and Madeira sauce

by smth good on January 30, 2011

in meat&poultry

In the mood for a good steak of some sort, I stormed right to the freezer to look for raw materials. Two giant turkey wings were just at my eyes’ level, ready to fly off the rack. Now, there is a bit of a problem when dealing with turkey wings – they are big but not as big as a whole turkey that might spend hours slowly roasting in an oven. And it might also be an aesthetic problem – they look so strangely on a plate, oversized chicken wings that don’t fit well.

Despite all the above inconveniences, coated in garlic flavored flour, fried in butter and olive oil, and served with grilled pineapple and an exotically aromatic sauce with sweet and spicy tones, they were fantastic!

Utensils: a skillet with lid, a grill

Serves 2; prep. time 70 minutes


  • 2 turkey wings or two pieces of turkey breast
  • 2 twigs of rosemary, chopped
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 fresh pineapple (lengthwise)
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1-2 red chilies, seeded and chopped
  • 2 cups of chicken stock
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup Madeira wine (semi-dry)
  • 1 tbsp flour + 5 tbsp flour for coating the meat
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • salt and pepper

Peel the pineapple, cut 6 slices (approximately 1 finger thick) and dice the rest.

Coat turkey meat with flour combined with garlic powder, salt and pepper.

In a skillet, heat the butter and the olive oil over medium heat. Once the butter has melted, add the meat and brown it on all sides. Remove a part of the oil from the skillet with a spoon. Stir in the diced onion, pineapple, red chili and rosemary and saute for 30 seconds. Stir in one tablespoon of floor and the sugar and, immediately, stir in the warm chicken stock and the Madeira wine.

Cover and cook for about 30 minutes until the meat is done and the sauce has thicken. If the sauce has thicken too much, add in a little bit of warm water.

You can finely tune your sauce by adding more red chilies for a spicier note or more Madeira wine for extra flavor.

Madeira is a fortified Portuguese wine and can be replaced with Porto.

In the meantime, grill the pineapple slices on both sides.

Serve the meat with the pineapple and Madeira sauce, next to grilled pineapple slices and some other side dishes like saffron rice or potatoes.

And here’s my wing on my favorite plate (too small to fit grilled pineapple :) ).

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Food Frenzy January 30, 2011 at 8:59 pm

Fantastic job…the Turkey wings with Pineapple look great.

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Annie January 30, 2011 at 9:06 pm

I thought that the turkey leg plated beautifully. This is an interesting combination. I’ve had pineapple chicken (and love it!) but never turkey. It sounds like it would be really, really good!


Belinda @zomppa January 30, 2011 at 9:18 pm

Great combination!!! Like a summer-y Thanksgiving!


Mateja January 30, 2011 at 10:33 pm

Tatsy bites and wonderful presentation!
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Sabrina January 30, 2011 at 10:45 pm

this looks delicious! LOVE madiera!


ceecee January 31, 2011 at 12:00 am

I love cooking with Madeira! I will be trying this!


Christina January 31, 2011 at 12:23 am

This looks fabulous! I love grilled pineapple! Nice addition!


Jackie at Phamfatale.com January 31, 2011 at 1:28 am

Very colorful dish. I love how you played with savory, sweet and sour ingredients. The saffron rice looks amazing too.


Kankana January 31, 2011 at 3:00 am

I am not a turkey fan, but the dish looks amazing. I guess i will give it a try with chicken :) Please visit my blog and grab the Stylish Blogger Award! :)


Jill Colonna January 31, 2011 at 10:23 am

I LOVE that pineapple!


Medeja January 31, 2011 at 11:11 am

Mm.. turkey is the second favorite meat after chicken :) and your dish looks nice.. colorful, bright and filling :)


Mikaela Cowles January 31, 2011 at 2:01 pm

This looks fabulous! YUM


Kate @ Diethood.com February 1, 2011 at 5:00 pm

That looks yummy – I’ve never paired turkey with pineapple but it does sound delicious with the Madeira wine!


julie @ rosy + tart February 1, 2011 at 7:51 pm

Looks fantastic! I definitely want to try this. :)


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