Turkey with Walnut-Parmesan Sauce

Ground walnuts thicken this unique sauce and give it both a subtle nuttiness and an appealing creamy texture, both of which are perfect with turkey.

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Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • Pinch ground cloves
  • Pinch ground cinnamon
  • Pinch cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons flour
  • 3/4 cup canned low-sodium chicken broth or homemade stock
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 4 turkey cutlets (about 1 1/4 pounds in all)
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper

How to make this recipe

  1. Grind 1/4 cup of the walnuts to a powder in a food processor. In a small saucepan, melt the butter over moderately low heat. Add the onion; cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, 30 seconds longer. Stir in the cloves, cinnamon, cayenne, and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt. Add the flour and stir to combine. Whisk in the broth and simmer until starting to thicken, about 3 minutes. Add the ground walnuts and simmer 1 minute longer. Remove from the heat and stir in the lemon juice, Parmesan, and parsley.

  2. In a large nonstick frying pan, heat the oil over moderately high heat. Season the turkey with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and the pepper. Cook the turkey cutlets until just done, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Serve with the walnut sauce, sprinkling the additional nuts over the top.

Serve With

Roasted asparagus and sauteed peppers are vegetables that taste particularly good with both walnuts and Parmesan cheese.

Suggested Pairing

The walnuts will stand up to a bold red wine. Try one from the Northern Rhône in France or a California Cabernet Sauvignon.

Photo © Melanie Acevedo Published November 2012





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