Friday, January 11, 2013

Recipe: Turkey Parmesan with Noodles

Turkey Parmesan with NoodlesI haven't made a post in a long time. I haven't stopped cooking but after this dinner, my wife made me share this one. This recipe is an alternative to Chicken Parmesan but overall a traditional Italian recipe. It's a great Friday night dinner that everyone loves. We enjoyed Penfold's Hyland as a nice pairing to this meal.

The Ingredients: Turkey Parmesan with Noodles
Serves 4 - 6, prep time 1.5 hours

Turkey Parmesan:
6 turkey cutlets
1 egg
¾ cup bread crumbs (old French bread ground up in the food processor>
¾ cup Parmesan
½ tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
Slices of mozzarella (enough to top each cutlet)
2 tbsp Olive Oil

Tomato Sauce:
2 large cooking onions (thinly sliced)
1 can diced tomatoes (28 oz)
4 cloves garlic (minced)
Salt & pepper
1 tbsp dried basil
1 tbsp dried parsley
½ tbsp dried oregano
1 tsp chili flakes
1 tbsp Olive Oil
1 tbsp Olive Oil

Dried or homemade Italian pasta

Makes 4 – 6 servings (depending on size of cutlets)Tomato Sauce
Preparation time: 1.5 hours

Saute onions in olive oil at med / high heat. Stir frequently for approx 10 min. Add garlic, tomatoes and balsamic vinegar to onions. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to med / low. Add spices and simmer for approx 1 hour until sauce is thick. Add salt & pepper to taste.

Turkey cutlets, depending on their thickness, will take approx 7 – 10 min once breadcrumbs and egg are prepped hence you will need to time your pasta accordingly.

Turkey Cutlets
Turn broiler on. Heat a pan with olive oil over med / high heat until up to temp. On a plate, combine bread crumbs, shredded parmesan, salt & pepper. In a bowl, beat the egg. Dip turkey cutlets one at a time into the egg and directly into the breading. Place in frying pan and continue process. Note you may need to do several batches as all cutlets won’t fit into most frying pans. Sear each cutlet 30 seconds on each side until golden brown. Remove and place on cookie sheet.

Once all cutlets are complete, cover with thin slices of mozzarella cheese and place under broiler until cheese is bubbly. Note that depending on the thickness of your cutlets, you will want to ensure they are fully cooked. This can be done by searing them longer on each side ensuring not to burn the bread crumbs or placing lower in the oven under the broiler for an extended period of time.

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