If you're looking for a twist on a classic November dish, I have a recipe for you to check out created by Chef Michael Chiarello. Chef Chiarello is known for creating delicious dishes with fresh, premium ingredients, and he uses panko as his go-to bread crumb.
Turkey Scallopini and Squash Ravioli with Cranberry Brown Butter
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Start to Finish: 30 Minutes
8 portions boneless turkey breast (4 oz each)
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 eggs, beaten
2 cups Progresso plain panko crispy bread crumbs
1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter
1 package (18 oz) frozen squash ravioli
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh sage or 2 teaspoons dried sage
1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries
3 tablespoons dark molasses
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 cup Progresso chicken broth or reduced-sodium chicken broth (from 32-oz carton)
Salt and pepper
1. Bring 4 quarts lightly salted water to a boil in a large pot.
2. Between two sheets of plastic wrap, pound turkey breast pieces to an even 1/4-inch thickness with a meat mallet. If you don't have a meat mallet, the back of a frying pan will work fine. You can do this a day ahead and leave them stored in the plastic wrap, folded over on each other. You can also ask a good butcher to cut and pound the turkey for you.
3. Heat olive oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Lightly coat the turkey pieces with flour, and pat off the excess; dip in beaten eggs and then dredge in bread crumbs. When oil is hot an bubbling, add turkey pieces. Do not crowd the pan. Let brown 2-3 minutes, then turn to cook the second side, another 30 seconds to 1 minute. The turkey will cook very quickly and will dry out if overcooked. When done, remove to a baking sheet or platter and keep warm. Do not wash saute pan!
4. To make the sauce, add butter to saute pan and place over medium-high heat. At the same time, drop ravioli into the boiling water. When butter begins to turn light brown, add fresh sage. Stir for a few seconds; then add cranberries, and saute until skins begin to burst. Add molasses, balsamic vinegar, and broth, scraping bottom of the pan to pick up all the flavor of the turkey. Simmer until cranberries are soft and the sauce coats the back of a spoon, about 12-15 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Be sure to taste sauce for seasoning before you pour it over the turkey!
5. Test ravioli for doneness in about 3 minutes--pinch edges of dough; it should be tender. Drain. Arrange 1/4 of the raviolis per person on hot plates and layer a piece of turkey over the ravioli. Spoon sauce over them.
Tip: The sauce must be put together very quickly, so have all the ingredients premeasured and ready at the side of the stove.
I make my own chicken nuggets these days so I can control what's in it, and the Lemon Pepper Panko gives them a different twist. I like to add some spice to my regular crumbs anyways, so this helps me skip a step. ;) The lemon pepper flavor is there, but not overly bold. (By the way, I make my chicken nuggets/tenders the same way the recipe above does the turkey - coat them in flour, then dip in a beaten eggs, then dredge through the crumbs) If you are interested in giving it a try, visit Progresso's web site for $1.00 off printable coupon.
And my fellow contest junkies will want to check out the Progresso's Wine & Dine with Chef Michael Chiarello Sweepstakes. Now through December 31st, participants can enter for the chance to win a trip for two to Napa Valley to attend the Spring Bud Break Party, an annual dinner and wine tasting event taking place on May 7, 2011. In addition to two tickets to the party, the grand prize also includes roundtrip airfare and hotel accommodations. Visit www.progressobroth.com for the sweepstakes rules and entry form. Good luck if you decide to enter! (I'm dreaming of a trip anywhere right now! lol)
Win it! Would you like to win a prize pack like the one I received? One lucky reader will win a package of Progresso Lemon Pepper Panko and a copy of chef Chiarello´s new cookbook: Michael Chiarello´s Bottega. To enter, just tell us what dish you'd like to create using the new panko crumbs (check out Progresso's website for more recipe ideas)
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