Back at the Kitchen: Turkey Parmesan

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I stumbled upon Turkey Parmesan one day by accident.  I was in the mood for Chicken Parmesan-the classic Italian dish- and to be quite honest didn’t feel like paying money for something that I already had an ample quantity of its superior substitute good.  Wild turkey meat, in my opinion, is far superior to chicken, so I said “I’ll do turkey parmesan.”  What a masterpiece it was.  Without further adieu, here’s my recipe for Turkey Parmesan.  Please understand I am a “feel cook” and do not necessarily follow measurements, etc.  So you may want to experiment as I tend to do.

Turkey Parmesan

Prep Time-20 minutes
Cook Time-50 minutes
1 side of a wild turkey breast
Olive oil
Cavendar's seasoning
Lime juice or lime flavored seasoning
Plain Panko bread crumbs
Cayenne pepper
Fresh (or bottled) parsley and/or basil
Garlic salt
1 can of Prego spaghetti sauce (I prefer the meat flavored version)
2 packs of grated parmesan cheese
1 pound of thin spaghetti noodles
Loaf of garlic bread

Start by taking one side of a turkey breast and trimming off any fat, feathers, pellets, etc.  Cut the breast into small 2x4” cutlets that are about an inch thick.  
Marinate cutlets in mixture of olive oil, Cavender’s, and a little bit of lime juice (or lime seasoning) for two hours
Season 4 cups of plain Panko bread crumbs with 2 teaspoons of cayenne pepper, a cup of fresh chopped parsley (if not available the bottled version works fine), three tablespoons of garlic salt.  Mix well.  Make sure it “smells” like it’s well seasoned.  A lot of people that use flour/bread crumbs make the mistake of not seasoning them before frying/baking.  It adds so much flavor to the meat.
Roll marinated cutlets in bread crumb mixture until coated thick and place tightly in a 12x16” Pyrex dish
Cover with Prego spaghetti sauce (basically until you can’t see the cutlets) and sprinkle more basil and/or parsley.  Cover dish with aluminum foil
Bake in oven set at 350 degrees for approximately 40 minutes
After 40 minutes, remove from oven and sprinkle a good amount of grated parmesan cheese over the turkey.  Cook for an additional ten minutes and remove from oven.
Serve with over thin spaghetti noodles with a side of garlic bread
This is a very easy and delicious way to cook turkey.  When I cook it, it typically serves around 5-6 people.  So if you are feeding a crowd, you may want to double up.  Hope you all enjoy!

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