The Wooden Spoon Recipe: Turkey Picatta

(Always read the recipe twice, assemble, and prepare your ingredients before you begin to cook)

1 package fresh turkey breast cutlets (Shady Brook Farms is a good choice)
½ cup flour
½ cup Parmesan cheese
1 tsp. salt and ¼ tsp. pepper
2 tbsp. butter
Juice from 2 medium lemons (about ½ cup juice)
1 cube beef bouillon dissolved in ½ cup hot water
¼ cup dry white wine
1 egg yolk, beaten
2 tsp. cornstarch – optional for thicker gravy
3 tsp. water – optional for thicker gravy

  • Mix the flour, cheese, salt and pepper
  • Dip each cutlet in the mixture to coat on both sides
  • To a pre-heated skillet over medium-high heat, melt the butter but don’t burn it
  • Sauté the turkey cutlets until they turn a light brown.
  • Set aside in a warm place
  • Sprinkle lemon juice over the cooked cutlets

To make the gravy

  • Mix together the bouillon, wine, and egg yolk
  • Add mixture to the drippings in the skillet and bring to a boil, stirring vigorously until sauce thickens.
  • For thicker gravy, add a mixture of 2 tsp. cornstarch and 3 tsp. water to the sauce in the skillet.
  • Serving suggestion: green beans and mashed potatoes
  • Serves 2-3

Notes:

  • means a teaspoon and tbsp. means tablespoon – always use a measuring spoon not a piece of silverware
  • Sauté is a cooking term that means to brown or cook a food quickly over fairly high heat using a small amount of fat in an open, shallow pan. The word comes from the French word “sauter,” which means “to jump.” Traditionally when sautéing, the cook shakes the pan, making the food jump, to keep the food from sticking and ensure it cooks on all sides. This can also be done by stirring.

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Carol was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and moved to Jefferson Township with her husband in 1976. She initially joined the Garden Club of Milton, eventually serving as President. She was a co-founder of the ABC Mothers Group, active in the local PTAs, Girl Scouts, and Cub Scouts. She worked for AIM Newspapers as a reporter and eventually became its Editor. Currently, she is President of the Jefferson Arts Committee and the Recreation Program Coordinator in the Jefferson Township Recreation Department. She can be reached at carol.punturieri@thejeffersonchronicle.com.