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Turkey Milanese

Turkey Milanese
Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

Somewhere years ago I read that the best veal in Italy is really turkey, and it somehow always made sense to me. The flavor and texture are not unalike; the only significant difference is that turkey does not need to ... Read more

Total time: About 20 minutes | Serves 4
  • 8 turkey cutlets (about 1 pound)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, divided
  • Flour for dredging
  • 2 cups panko or regular dry bread crumbs
  • Olive oil for frying
  • Lemon wedges

Step 1Season the turkey cutlets generously on both sides with salt and pepper and set aside. Place a rack over a baking sheet and set aside.

Step 2In shallow dish, whisk together the eggs and milk. Add the garlic and 2 tablespoons of the parsley and whisk to blend.

Step 3Place the flour in a second shallow dish and the bread crumbs in a third. Dredge the cutlets first in the flour, shaking off excess, then in the egg mixture, coating well. Place them in bread crumbs and turn to coat evenly on both sides. Place them on the rack.

Step 4Pour the olive oil to a thickness of about one-half inch in a large heavy skillet, or in 2 skillets. Heat over medium-high heat until shimmery. Carefully lay the coated cutlets into the oil and cook until lightly browned and crisp, about 2 minutes on each side. Remove them from the pan and drain on paper towels. Place on a serving plate, sprinkle with the remaining parsley and serve immediately, with lemon wedges on the side.

Note: You can also serve the turkey topped with a mound of very lightly dressed baby arugula.


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