Calypso Turkey Tenderloins

4 servings


  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 1 small bay leaf, crumbled
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons rum, divided
  • 1 pound turkey tenderloins
  • 1/2 cup turkey broth or reduced-sodium chicken bouillon
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • Lime slices, for garnish


In a food processor fitted with the metal blade, turn on the motor and drop the garlic and bay leaf through the feed tube. Process until fine, 4 to 5 seconds (the bay leaf will not be completely pulverized at this stage); scrape the sides. Add the ginger, cloves and brown sugar. Process about 5 seconds; scrape the sides. Add 1 tablespoon rum and process until well blended, 5 to 10 seconds.

With a sharp knife, cut a lengthwise pocket in each tenderloin. Spread 2 to 3 tablespoons of the brown sugar mixture in each pocket.

In an 11-inch skillet, bring the bouillon to a boil. Carefully placethe tenderloins in the skillet. Return the bouillon to a boil, reduce the heat, cover and simmer 25 to 30 minutes, or until the tenderloins are tender and reach 165 degrees F on a meat thermometer. Remove the tenderloins to a plate and keep warm.

In 1-cup glass measure, strain the poultry juices from the skillet. Add additional bouillon if necessary to make 1 cup. Return the mixture to the skillet.

In small bowl, combine the cornstarch and remaining rum. Stir the cornstarch mixture into the poultry juices. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, and cook the mixture until slightly thickened. Remove from the heat. Stir in the lime juice.

To serve, slice the tenderloins into medallions, top with the sauce and garnish with lime slices.

Recipe reprinted by permission of National Turkey Federation. All rights reserved.

RecID 9903

nutrition information per serving

212 calories; 2g total fat; 70mg cholesterol; 170mg sodium; 21g carbohydrates; 27g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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