9/29/15 ChefElla's Grilled Turkey Tenderloin

Just because it is getting colder outside that doesn’t mean you should give up on grilling.  Nothing is better than the smell of the grill on a cool fall day.  While you may not be grilling as many hot dogs and hamburgers, bratwurst, grilled squash, and pork chops are just as good.  This week I made a really simple but tasty recipe, marinated grilled turkey tenderloins.  I know that most people don’t think about turkey when they think about grilling, but you enjoy how quick, easy, and tasty this turkey is.  Slice it thick and serve it for dinner, or slice it thin for sandwiches either way you will love it.

1.     Wash your hands.

2.     For this recipe you will need a large bowl, a small bowl, and tongs.

If you are not allowed to use the grill by yourself you can ask an adult to help.

ChefElla’s Grilled Turkey Tenderloins (6-8 Servings)

1 ½ - 2 Lbs.     Turkey Tenderloins (2 tenders per package about ¾ to 1# per loin)

-You can find turkey tenderloins in the meat section of your local grocery store.  They usually come 2 pieces to a package

16 oz.             Zesty Italian Dressing, Bottled (you can use your favorite brand)

3.     In you large bowl place the turkey tenderloins and mix with ¾ of the bottle of dressing.  Make sure the tenderloins are covered with dressing.  Cover the bowl of turkey and dressing with plastic wrap and leave in the refrigerator for 2 hours. 

4.     Pre-heat grill to medium high heat.  Take the remaining dressing and put into a small bowl and bring out to the grill with you.

5.     Put your turkey on the grill.  Cook on indirect heat, not over a flame.  Cook for 8 minutes.

6.     After 8 minutes turn the turkey 90 degrees left or right (do not turn it over yet).  This will give your turkey a nice grilled appearance when done.  Cook for an additional 6 minutes.

7.     Dip the cooked (grilled) side of the turkey into the small bowl of dressing to coat.  Place the turkey cooked (grilled) side up on the grill and cook for an additional 6-8 minutes.

8.     When the turkey is done it will be firm to the touch and be an internal temperature of 165F if you are using a thermometer.  If it is not up to temperature or is still soft when you press on it cook for a few more minutes.

9.     Remove the turkey from the grill let sit for 5-10 minutes and then slice and serve.

You can try your turkey with your favorite sauces or dressings like, BBQ, Blue Cheese, Dijon, Balsamic, or just salt and pepper.  This turkey is great for dinner and even better for lunch the next day.



Ella’s Helpers

ChefElla’s helpers can help by:

Mixing the turkey and dressing

Flipping the turkey on the grill (if their parents help)