Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Comfort food

Okay, with this post, I might make a friend. More likely, everyone who once was my friend will leave me forever. I am willing to take that risk, trusting that my real friends will find it in their hearts to love me despite (or maybe because of) this post.

Everyone has certain foods which bring them comfort; ice cream, soups, chocolate of any kind. I share your love of these comfort foods. I also believe that some of us enjoy unconventional comfort foods. The kind of foods that other people would find repulsive, or at least uncomfortable.

I have one such comfort food that I like to make as soon as the weather gets cold. It is a food that my mother made me when I was little and a food that she ate as a child. It is passed down from my French-Canadian heritage (there go some of my friends already). It is called Gorton (pronounced Guh'-tohn). I am the only person in my immediate family who will eat it. I like to eat gorton for breakfast, lunch or dinner, or anytime my husband isn't home to smell it (when I smell like this, he is far less likely to kiss me. However, if he smelled like this, I would make out with him on the spot). I'll post the recipe in case you might want to try it. Do any of you have such uncommon comfort foods?

Gorton

1 lb ground turkey
1/2 cup skim milk
1/2 diced onion
1 cup warm water
3 slices white bread (diced or ground)
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp cinnamon
salt and pepper

Mix all ingredients in frying pan. Cook on low 1 hr, stirring often. Put in containers. Cool completely. Cover, refrigerate. May freeze.

My favorite way to eat this is to spread the cold gorton on hot toast and to generously drizzle with mustard. Yes, really. It's the BEST!

4 comments:

Tara said...

I love you but that does make me kinda nauseous just thinking about that food all mixed and cooked together!

Tammy said...

The original gorton is made using pork butt and simmers all day long until it falls apart. It then is ground up with all the other ingredients mentioned. It then sits overnight in the fridge until all of the fat comes to the top so that you can skim it off. It was a staple in our house growing up. The ground turkey version is a much healthier version and takes a fraction of the time. It's just a sandwich spread really...
Guess what?>> We are in NH right now, where we are from, and you can find the original gorton in some stores. mmmmmmm.... Also, they sell meat pies here! ....another past favorite. Meat pies are made similar to salmon pie, except using ground pork and beef, spices, mashed potatoes, in a double pie crust and baked. (Salmon pie, a similar favorite, is made with canned salmon and mashed potatoes baked in a pie crust..after baked, then topped with either maple syrup or creamed peas) I know... may not sound very good but really, I'm not kidding ...YUM.

Myndi said...

I agree with Tara... and this is coming from the girl what mixes foods such as jello and peanut butter and doritos and turkey on white bread whilst sober(when I've been drinking I'm more inclined to mix things such as chili and jello an carrots and boil hot pockets and then dip popsicles in that but that's beside the point) but I'll still read your hilarious blog daily when I'm bored in class

bigmimi said...

This stuff is gross I tried it and I dinit like it!