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Crispy Turkey Cutlets with Walnut-Sage Sauce

This fantastic sauce, made with walnuts, sage, garlic and olive oil, would be good on anything--it could even be used as a dip or tossed into pasta. Melissa Rubel Jacobson's trick is to add just a tiny bit of butter to help round out the rich flavor.


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  • Servings: 4

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  • 1 1/4 cups walnuts (4 1/2 ounces)
  • 3/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 8 medium sage leaves, coarsely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus 6 tablespoons for frying
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • Eight 1/4-inch-thick turkey cutlets (1 1/2 pounds)


  1. In a food processor, pulse 3/4 cup of the walnuts with the bread crumbs and cheese until the walnuts are finely ground. Transfer to a shallow bowl and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Wipe out the bowl of the food processor. Add the remaining 1/2 cup of walnuts along with the sage and garlic and pulse until the nuts are coarsely chopped. Add the butter and 1/3 cup of the olive oil and process until the nuts are finely chopped and the butter is incorporated. Season the sauce generously with salt and pepper and transfer to a small bowl.
  3. Put the flour and eggs in 2 shallow bowls. Season the turkey cutlets with salt and pepper, then dust them with flour, tapping off the excess. Dip the cutlets in the beaten eggs, letting the excess drip back into the bowl. Dip the cutlets in the walnut-crumb mixture, pressing to help the crumbs adhere.
  4. In a very large skillet, heat 3 tablespoons of the olive oil until shimmering. Add half of the cutlets and fry over moderately high heat, turning once, until golden outside and cooked through, about 3 minutes. Transfer the cutlets to a paper towel–lined plate to drain. Repeat with the remaining olive oil and turkey cutlets. Transfer the cutlets to plates, spoon some of the walnut-sage sauce on top and serve at once.

Serve With


Suggested Pairing

Lightly nutty white.

Contributed By Published October 2007

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