Cooking turkey breast cutlets is a fairly easy task, and depending on the method of preparation, can be very healthy too. Here are a couple of ways that you can use to make turkey cutlets.
If your family is fond of turkey breast cutlets, a good way to save money is to make or cut your own cutlets from a boneless, skinned turkey breast half. If you decide to make your own cutlets, first freeze the turkey breast for a short while, and then slice it.
Use a very sharp knife, insert and slice it parallel to where the breast bone was. For the longest slices possible, angle the cut. Ideally, you should make cuts that are about 1/2'' wide.
One of the preliminaries that will make cooking turkey breast cutlets easier, is ensuring that all the cutlets are of an even thickness, so that they cook in the same amount of time. One may grill, bake or fry them. Here are some turkey breast cutlet recipes that use different preparation methods.
Grilled Turkey Breast Cutlets
1 tsp cider vinegar
1 lb Turkey breast cutlets, raw (4 pieces)
1 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp olive oil
1 tsp dijon mustard
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 tsp brown sugar
Directions If you were looking for a way of cooking turkey breast on grill, here is how you do it. Mix together the cider vinegar, brown sugar, mustard, black pepper and garlic powder in a medium-sized bowl. Gradually whisk in the olive oil, till you have a thin paste.
Next, place the turkey cutlets under running water and rinse them out, after which you must dry them on paper towels. You want all your cutlets to have uniform thickness. If this is not the case, place them between sheets of plastic wrap and using a meat mallet or a heavy skillet, pound them gently to achieve equal thickness.
Transfer the paste to a resealable plastic bag. Next, put in the turkey cutlets into the bag and move them around to ensure that they are well coated by the paste. Try to squeeze out as much air as possible and seal the bag well. Place the bag in the refrigerator for at least an hour or overnight (if possible), to allow it to soak in the marinade.
At the time of cooking, heat a nonstick stove-top grill pan over high heat. Once it is well heated, place the cutlets on it and lower the heat to medium. Cook the one side of the cutlets for 3 minutes, turn them over and cook the other side for 3 minutes as well. You want the juices to run clean.
If you are cooking on a gas grill, outdoor grill or one that cooks both sides at once, total cooking time should be between 4 - 5 minutes.
Cooking in a Slow Cooker
2 onions, chopped
1/8 tsp pepper
3 stalks of celery, chopped
1/2 tsp poultry seasoning
1 lb baby carrots
1/2 cup white wine or water
1 tbsp chopped garlic
14 oz canned low sodium chicken broth
4 - 6 lb turkey breast, cut in half, thawed
1 tsp dried thyme leaves
Directions This method of cooking makes for a very healthy meal. Take a 3 - 4 quart slow cooker and spray it with nonstick cooking spray. Line the base of the slow cooker with onions, celery, carrots, and garlic, and position the turkey breast halves on top of the vegetables.
In a bowl, mix together the thyme, chicken broth, wine/water, poultry seasoning, and pepper. Pour this mixture onto the turkey breast. Cover the slow cooker and cook on low heat for 5 - 7 hours, or until turkey is tender.
These are only some methods of making turkey breast cutlets. Cooking turkey breast in a bag is a healthy way to cook it. To ensure that it is healthy, trim the fat and remove the skin of the turkey breast. Place it in an oven-cooking bag with herbs, vegetables and lemon, and roast it. The end result is flavorsome and fantastic.