Alongside acting as one of London’s most exciting new restaurants, Strut & Cluck also proves that turkey should not be reserved merely for the festive season. Opened in Shoreditch earlier in the summer by Husband and Wife team Amir and Limor Chen, Strut & Cluck’s is an Eastern Mediterranean restaurant with no meat other than turkey available across the menu. The restaurant’s ‘Far East-Middle East’, for instance, combines multi-national culinary influences to provide a dish. Comprising pulled turkey that’s topped with labneh, pomegranate seeds and toasted almond flakes, served in lettuce cups – not only is the dish remarkably tasty, it is also incredibly healthy.
To Cook the Turkey
Cook two turkey drumsticks or thighs with paprika, garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper, or with your preferred seasoning.
Add some water to baking tin, cover with foil and cook for about 1 ½ hour or until the meat easily pulls apart from the bone.
Remove from oven, cool down a little, then pull the meat with finger or fork, refrigerate until needed.
To Make the Preserved Lemon Dressing
Preserved lemons, 2
Plum sauce, 100ml
Dried chillies, 5g, or more if you like it spicier
Extra virgin olive oil, 100ml
Rice vinegar, 50ml
Quarter the lemons, scoop out the pulp and discard, finely chop the skin.
Put water, plum sauce and preserved lemon skin in a small pan, bring to the boil then simmer and gently cook until reduced by half.
Remove from heat and add the chillies, mix well and set aside to cool down.
Whisk oil and rice vinegar in a separate bowl, add the cooked preserved lemon mixture and mix again until well combined.
Refrigerate until needed. Use amount stated on the below recipe, any left-over can last up to a week refrigerated.
To Prepare the Lettuce Cups and to Serve
Prepared pulled turkey
Baby gem lettuce, 3
Chopped coriander, 1 tbsp
Chopped parsley, 1 tbsp
Bean shoots, 200g
Spring onion, 4 stems, finely sliced
Preserved lemon dressing, 200g
Labneh* or thick yogurt, 200g
Almonds flakes, 50g, toasted
Seeds of one small pomegranate
Separate the larger leaves from the lettuce to use as cups, 12 altogether, wash, pat dry and set aside
Finely slice one heart of the remaining lettuce, (use only one lettuce heart otherwise you will end up with too much lettuce in the mix).
In a large bowl put all the ingredients, except the large leaves and the garnishes, and gently mix until well combined
Divide the mixture into the lettuce “cups” and arrange on a serving platter.
Top with the labneh/yogurt, almonds and pomegranate seeds. Drizzle the remaining dressing all over for extra flavour, if you wish.
*Labneh is a popular Middle East strained yogurt, you can find it in specialised Middle East food shops, alternatively you could use a good quality thick yogurt but you may lose some of the tanginess of labneh.
Further information on Strut & Cluck can be found at strutandcluck.com.