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    Happy Thanksgiving!  We hope you are enjoying some time with friends, family, and of course, some great V. Sattui wine!  Think you might have some turkey leftover after your big feast tomorrow?  We enlisted some help from local chef John Ash.

    In addition to being a renowned chef, author, and food and wine educator, many refer to Chef John Ash as the “Father of Wine Country Cuisine”. In 1980 he opened his namesake restaurant, John Ash & Company, in Santa Rosa, CA. It was the first restaurant in Northern California wine country to focus on local, seasonal ingredients used to create dishes that complemented the wines being made in the region. It continues to be critically acclaimed today.

     John travels the world teaching cooking classes to both home cooks and professionals. And for John, wine is always considered an essential part of the flavors of a meal.

    The following recipe is from John’s Culinary Birds cookbook.  Tortillitas are a little-known savory pancake from Spain that make delicious little tapas.  They are meant to be served with Romesco Sauce (recipe is also below), and John recommends serving them with our Dry Riesling.  Enjoy–and use up that turkey!

    Tortillitas with Turkey
    From Chef John Ash
    Makes 4-6 Pancakes


    For Turkey
    ½ cup leftover turkey meat, cut into small ½” to 1” pieces
    ½ teaspoon ground cumin
    ¼ teaspoon ground coriander
    ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
    Olive oil

    For Batter
    ½ cup chickpea flour
    ½ cup all-purpose flour
    ½ teaspoon baking powder
    Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
    1/3 cup chopped scallions, white and green parts
    2 tabelspoons mixed chopped fresh herbs (such as rosemary, parsley, thyme, cilantro)

    Combine turkey with cumin, coriander and black pepper and mix.  Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of olive oil to a small skillet over medium heat and cook the turkey until lightly browned and cooked through, about 3 minutes.  Season to your taste with salt and set aside.
    For the batter, in a bowl, combine the flours, baking powder, and salt and pepper to taste.  Add 1 cup of water and stir to combine; consistency should resemble pancake batter (if batter is too thick, add more water, a tablespoon at a time).  Stir in the scallions, cooked turkey and any juices and the herbs.

    Add 1-2 tablespoons olive oil to a 9 or 10-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.  When the oil is hot, pour one-third of the batter into the center of the pan and tilt to form a pancake, spreading the batter gently with a spatula if necessary.

    Cook until the pancake is set around the edges, about 1 minute.  Flip the pancake and continue cooking for another couple of minutes, then flip it again and cook for another 30 seconds or so, until it is crisp on the outside but still moist inside.  Remove from the pan and serve immediately, cut into wedges, Romesco sauce on the side to spoon over top.  Cook the remaining pancakes in the same way and serve warm.

    Romesco Sauce
    Makes 2 cups

    2 large tomatoes
    1 large dried ancho chile
    1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
    ¼ cup peeled hazelnuts
    ¼ cup blanched almonds
    1 (1/2-inch thick) slice firm white bread, cut into ½-cubes
    2 large garlic cloves, sliced
    1/8 teaspoon dried hot red pepper flakes
    ¼ cup drained piquillo or pimento peppers, rinsed
    1 tablespoon red wine vinegar, or to taste
    Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

    Place the tomatoes under a hot broiler and roast until lightly charred and softened.  Chop them and set aside, saving all the juices.

    While the tomatoes are roasting, slice the chile open lengthwise and discard the stem and seeds;  then tear the chile into small pieces.  Heat the oil in a 10-inch heavy skillet over moderate heat, add the chile, and cook, stirring until the oil is fragrant and the chile turns a brighter red, about 20 seconds.  Transfer the chile with a slotted spoon to a heatproof bowl.

    Add the hazelnuts to the skillet along with the almonds, bread, garlic, and red pepper flakes and cook, stirring, until the bread and garlic are golden, 2-3 minutes.  Add the mixture (including oil) to the chile in the bowl and let cool.

    Combine the chile mixture, piquillos, and vinegar in food processor and purée until smooth.  Season to taste with salt, pepper, and additional vinegar if needed.  Thin with water if desired.  Can be made up to 3 days ahead and stored covered and refrigerated.  Serve at room temperature.

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