Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Turkey cutlets with herbed mushroom sauce

You can't find meat with lower fat content than turkey breast. [For example, 3.5 ounces of beef has between 10 and 18 grams of fat, skinless chicken breast 3-4 grams, and skinless turkey breast 1 gram or less.] I buy breast cutlets, which usually come four to a package, at the supermarket. Each cutlet is only about 4 ounces, but if you're having plenty of veggie and/or starchy sides, one cutlet per person will do.

Here's the recipe I made last night. Turkey cutlets cook very quickly, so be sure not to overcook them so they'll stay tender. I just brown them quickly (60-90 seconds per side), remove to a plate, then add the cutlets and their juices to the sauce when it's complete. You only need to wait another minute or two for the cutlets to be reheated and the dish is ready to eat.

Serve with a side of sauteed veggies or a green salad and starch of your choice. I skipped the starch last night--trying to drop a couple of vacation pounds--but my bigger-appetite husband added a few slices of harvest grain bread with olive oil to his dinner.

If you're drinking wine with dinner, you'll have a lot of good options to go with this meal. An unoaked chardonnay would be nice (we had a lovely one in Boston and I found it recently at the Hyde Park Kroger--Ghost Pines 2006, Sonoma County), as would a French rose or even a California or Oregon pinot noir.

Turkey cutlets with Herbed Mushroom Sauce
(Serves 2-3)

Four 4-ounce turkey cutlets, patted dry, salt and pepper on both sides
2 T canola oil
Cooking spray
8 ounces “baby bella” or other mushrooms, sliced or coarsely chopped
2 large cloves garlic, minced
¼ cup dry red wine
¼ cup chicken or vegetable broth
¼ cup chopped fresh herbs (whatever you have on hand)
Salt and pepper to taste

Heat canola oil over medium-high heat in a large, nonstick frying pan. Brown seasoned turkey cutlets on each side—about one minute to 90 seconds per side. Remove to a plate and cover loosely with foil.
Reduce heat to medium. Add garlic and cook for one minute, then add mushrooms. Stir-fry until the mushrooms start to brown, about 3 minutes. Add wine and stock and stir to heat through. Add herbs (I used parsley and basil) and return turkey cutlets to the pan. Cover and cook until the turkey has been heated, about 3 more minutes. Season with salt and pepper and serve.


  1. Pama,

    Great website! Definitely like the looks of your recipes, and since I often travel as well, I like your effort to eat healthy(/healthier) while on the road. Glad to see you on the Cincinnati food blog scene. I'm a recent addition myself - http://www.foodstuffsnati.blogspot.com/


  2. Sara, I will add you to my blogroll and hope you will return the favor!