Linda Gassenheimer interviews Executive Chef Fabio Viviani from Siena Tavern on South Beach

Nov 20, 2014

11/20/14 - 1:30 -Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Fabio Viviani, author of Fabio’s American Home Kitchen and Executive Chef at the newly opened Siena Tavern on South Beach. (It’s in the old China Grill spot.) He talks about his Italian spin on American dishes, some Italian Thanksgiving thoughts and his new restaurant. 

~~Dinner in Minutes~~

Turkey Cranberry Hash

Roasted turkey, cranberry sauce, vegetables and sweet potatoes combine to make this tasty, quick meal for this busy time of year. You don’t need to wait for turkey leftovers.  You can buy roasted turkey pieces in the meat department or roasted turkey in the deli. If you buy deli meat, ask them to slice it thick so you can cut it into cubes.

If you have leftover vegetables, potatoes, gravy or stuffing, use them and create your own turkey hash.

This is a one-pot meal that tastes great the second day.  Double the recipe if you have time and save the rest for another day.  It also freezes well.


2 cups (1/2 pound) sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces

1 tablespoon canola oil

1 cup sliced onion

1 cup sliced celery

2 medium cloves crushed garlic

3/4 pound roast turkey (about 3 cups)

1/2 cup whole berry cranberry sauce

1/4 cup water

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1/2 cup shredded, reduced-fat Monterey Jack cheese

If using fresh potatoes, place in a bowl and microwave on high 2 minutes.  Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.  Add the potatoes, onion, celery and garlic.  Saute 5 minutes.  Add the turkey and sauté 2 minutes.  Add the cranberry sauce and water. Sauté another minute.  Add salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle the cheese on top and cover with a lid.  Cook 1 minute or until cheese melts. Makes 2 servings.

Nutrition InformationPer serving: 596 calories (26 percent from fat), 17.3 g fat (6.3 g saturated, 7.5 g monounsaturated), 135 mg cholesterol, 48.9 g protein, 61.2 g carbohydrates, 6.3 g fiber, 407 mg sodium.Shopping List

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for tonight’s Dinner in Minutes.

To buy: 1/2 pound sweet potatoes, 1 bunch celery, 3/4 pound roast turkey, 1 can whole berry cranberry sauce and 1 small package shredded, reduced-fat Monterey Jack cheese.

Staples: Canola oil, onion, garlic, salt and black peppercorns.

Helpful Hints

  • Any type of vegetables and potato can be used.  Follow the guideline of the recipes for the amounts needed.
  • If you have chicken or other soup on hand, use that instead of water in the recipe.
  • Any type of shredded cheese can be used.


  • Prepare ingredients.
  • Microwave the potatoes.
  • Make the hash.

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Linda Gassenheimer is the author of 20 books including her newest, The Flavors of the Florida Keys and Fast and Flavorful: Great Diabetes Meals from Market to Table.  Follow Linda on Twitter: @LGassenheimer, Facebook: Linda Gassenheimer