Pecan Crusted Turkey with Cherry-Pluot Compote

by Gavan on August 4, 2009

Pecan Crusted Turkey with Cherry Plum Sauce

In case you’re thinking I made a typo in the title, you saw correctly with pluot (PLEW-OT). I came across these at the farmers’ market and was instantly intrigued. Pluots are a cross between plums and apricots and they are brilliantly juicy and sweet. There are about 20 different varieties of pluots (who knew!) and as I watched the kids scarfing down the samples I thought, that’s a seal of approval if I ever saw one! SOLD! Turns out they’re not only delicious but they’re believed to be a great source of vitamin C, vitamin A and fiber, just like their ‘parents’.

Now that I had them what was I going to do with them? I saw this interesting recipe in an old Eating Well Magazine that used a peach salsa and thought why not try it with pluots and plums and while I’m at it how ’bout some cherries? After all, this week’s theme for Summer Fest is Fruit from Trees. I thought the brilliant red colors would not only look lovely together but taste amazing so I gave it a go. My work family loooved it and really, how could you not? Just look at all that goodness!

Good for the body, good for the kids (they’ll think this is fried!) and good tasting! Can’t beat that with a stick!


1 lb Organic or grass fed turkey breast, cut lengthwise into 4 x 4oz portions
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
3 large egg whites
1 1/4 cup Ener-G gluten free breadcrumbs or regular crumbs if preferred.
1 cup finely chopped pecans (Pulse in food processor for rough chop or by hand)
1 tbsp lemon zest
2 tbsp olive oil

Preheat oven 400°F.

With a meat mallet or a rolling pin, pound the turkey between sheets of plastic wrap to 1/4″  thickness.

This is a classic three step process for meat and fish: flour, egg, breadcrumbs. TIP: When you dip the turkey in the flour (both sides) you must make sure you shake off any excess flour (it has to be very fine dusting) then dip in the beaten egg white and finally the breadcrumbs which in this case is our Pecan crust.

Grab your three bowls and an oven tray–
#1: Combine flour, paprika, chili powder, S&P and lemon zest together in medium bowl or dish.
#2: Beat egg whites together slightly and add to a second dish.
#3: Mix breadcrumbs and pecans together in another dish.
#4: Oven tray ready

The simplest way is to set up an assembly line with the flour, egg ,breadcrumbs and a foiled oven tray at the end. You’ll work from left to right.
Dredge the turkey in the flour on both sides, shaking off the excess flour into the flour bowl. Next dip the turkey in the egg whites and coat both sides. Let the excess egg drain off over the egg dish. Finally lay the turkey in the breadcrumb dish and pat down so the coating sticks to both sides. Lay on oven tray. Once all turkey is coated, refrigerate ’til needed. This step can be done a couple hours ahead of time if needed.


Fresh Cherries and Plums


1 cup fresh cherries – halved, pitted
1/2 cup fresh plums – small dice
1/2 cup fresh pluots – small dice
1 tbsp fresh ginger – grated
1 cup water
1 tbsp Agave nectar

Pop your cherries in a small saucepan along with the water, ginger and Agave. Bring to a boil and immediately reduce to a simmer and continue cooking for 5-6 minutes. When done remove from heat and fold in diced plums & pluots. Stir and let stand.

Meanwhile as cherries are cooking, preheat large non-stick saute pan. Add 2 tbsp olive oil and once heated place 2 turkey cutlets in the pan to brown. Cook 2-3 minutes each side until golden.  Once browned, remove to a foiled oven tray. Using a kitchen towel wipe out pan and add 2 more tbsp olive oil. Repeat browning process.

Once all turkey has been browned pop in preheated oven for 4 minutes to finish cooking.

Serve with warmed or room temp fruit compote. Mmmmmm Delicioso!

All recipes are made with the finest quality farmers’ market whole foods, natural and non-processed ingredients as much as possible.

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