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Turkey Cutlets with Herb Gravy and Celery-Apple Salad

Turkey Cutlets with Herb Gravy and Celery-Apple Salad


  • 4 turkey breast cutlets (1 1/2-2 pounds), pounded 1/4-inch thick

  • Salt and pepper

  • 2 tablespoons flour, plus more for coating

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 teaspoon whole milk or half-and-half

  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs

  • 1/4 cup cornmeal

  • 1 tablespoon poultry seasoning

  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 1 shallot, finely chopped

  • 1/4 cup dry white wine (eyeball it)

  • 1 cup chicken broth

  • 1/2 cup fresh, loosely packed herb leaves (such as tarragon, parsley, thyme, sage, rosemary), finely chopped

  • Juice of 1 lemon plus 2 teaspoons grated peel

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

  • 1 Golden Delicious or Gala apple, cored, quartered and sliced

  • 2 ribs celery from the heart, thinly sliced on an angle

  • 4 cups arugula or baby spinach


Season the turkey cutlets with salt and pepper. Place some flour on a plate. In a shallow bowl, beat the egg with the milk. On a sheet of waxed paper, combine the breadcrumbs, cornmeal and poultry seasoning. Working with one cutlet at a time, coat the turkey with the flour, then with the egg, then with the seasoned breadcrumbs.

In a large, heavy skillet, heat 1/4 cup EVOO, four turns of the pan, over medium-high heat. Add the turkey, in two batches if necessary, and cook, turning once, until deeply golden, 3-4 minutes on each side. Transfer to a platter.

In a small skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the shallot; cook until softened, about 2 minutes. Sprinkle the 2 tablespoons of flour on top and cook for 1 minute. Whisk in the wine and cook until slightly reduced, 30 seconds. Whisk in the chicken broth and bring to a simmer; season with salt and pepper. Cook until slightly thickened, 2-3 minutes. Stir in the herbs and lower the heat to keep warm.

In a salad bowl, combine the lemon juice, lemon peel and mustard. Whisk in the remaining 1/4 cup EVOO; season with salt and pepper. Add the apple, celery and arugula; toss to coat.

To serve, ladle the gravy onto four dinner plates; top each with a turkey cutlet and some salad.