Guy Fieri’s taste buds are very experienced. So for the Food Network star to name a recipe one of her “all-time favorites,” it has to be good.
Fieri, whose sixth show on the Food Network, “Guy’s Ultimate Game Night” premiered August 31, tells USA TODAY that his Turkey tequila fettuccine it is a dish that he and his family love.
The recipe calls for turkey—”large slices of turkey,” it says, which can be interpreted as thick slices of turkey. But not many people are going to buy thick slices of turkey at the store, and thin slices won’t work because they’ll fall apart.
But there is another way to prepare the tequila-infused dish that Fieri, who has a brand of tequila with Sammy Hagar called Santo — he says it’s very good.
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“We’ve done the dish before with rotisserie chicken, which works amazing,” Fieri says. “Because rotisserie chicken, when you cook it with the bone and the fat on the skin, you really get the next level of flavor.”
Achieving rich flavor is why turkey is used in the original recipe, he says. However, rotisserie chicken makes cooking easier, and to top it off, it’s also “a little cheaper.”
“It’s the bomb,” adds Fieri.
There are also other ways to modify the recipe. Sometimes, he also makes sandwiches with the turkey in tequila, instead of putting the meat in the pasta.
Fieri and Food Network shared her original recipe with USA TODAY:
Turkey fettuccini with tequila recipe
- 1 ounce olive oil
- 1/4 red onion, cut into strips
- 1/2 tablespoon minced jalapeño
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 5 ounces turkey breast, cooked, sliced
- 1 ounce of tequila
- 4 ounces heavy cream
- 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves
- 9 ounces fettuccini pasta, cooked
- 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan
- 2 lime wedges, to decorate
- 2 sprigs of coriander, to decorate
- 2 tablespoons Roma tomatoes, diced, for garnish
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- In a skillet over high heat, add the olive oil, onions, jalapeño and sauté until translucent. Add the garlic and continue to saute for 2 minutes. Add the turkey, lightly tossing ingredients together, being careful not to break the turkey too much.
- Deglaze the pan with tequila, pouring around the edge of the pan. Add the cream, lemon juice and cilantro. Mix, then add the pasta and mix the ingredients while adding Parmesan cheese.
- Place pasta on a plate, pour sauce over pasta. Arrange coriander sprigs on top, sprinkle tomatoes on top, and pepper around the edge of the plate.