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Turkey Blue Plate Special


  • 2 boneless, skinless turkey breasts or 2 slices deli-style turkey meat (1/2-inch thick each)

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon poultry seasoning (about a palmful)

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), plus extra for drizzling

  • 6 slices of whole grain bread from a bakery loaf (about 1-inch thick each)

  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened and divided

  • 2 apples, cored and roughly chopped (whatever is in season)

  • 1 medium onion, roughly chopped

  • 3 ribs celery, roughly chopped

  • 1 fresh bay leaf

  • 1 1/2-1 3/4 cups chicken stock or turkey stock, divided

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 3/4 cup apple cider

  • 1 tablespoon flat leaf Italian parsley, chopped


Pre-heat oven to 400ºF if using raw turkey breasts.

If using raw turkey breasts, place them on a baking sheet and season with salt, pepper, poultry seasoning and a drizzle of EVOO. Roast them in the oven for about 45 minutes, or until a thermometer placed in the thickest part of the breast registers 165°F. Loosely cover with foil to keep warm and reserve.

While the turkey is roasting, make the stuffing: toast the bread slices, then spread with the softened butter, about a 1/2 tablespoon per slice. Chop into 1-inch cubes and reserve.

Place a medium skillet over medium-high heat and add 1 tablespoon each of EVOO and butter. Add the chopped apples, onion, celery, and bay leaf, and season with salt and pepper. Cook until the onion begins to soften, about 5 minutes. Add the cubed bread and stir to combine. Chop the turkey meat and add to the stuffing. Moisten the stuffing with about 1/2 cup chicken stock. Let the stuffing heat through, and then turn heat to low to keep warm.

To make the gravy, pre-heat a medium skillet over medium heat. Add 2 tablespoons butter and let it melt. Whisk in the flour and cook 1 minute. While whisking, add the apple cider along with 1 1/4 cups of stock. Season with salt and pepper. Cook gravy, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, about 3-4 minutes.

Divide the turkey/stuffing mixture among four plates and spoon the gravy over each. Garnish each plate with the chopped parsley.