November 24, 1995
Web posted at: 2:10 p.m. EST
From Correspondent Carolyn O'Neil
CHARLOTTE, Vermont (CNN) -- The warmth of the holidays and preparing beautiful holiday meals doesn't have to leave you hot under the collar in the kitchen. Eating Well Magazine has a recipe for turkey cutlets with cranberry compote that's so easy you'll want to add it to your menu for the rest of the year.
"This is quick and easy," says Eating Well's Irving Smith. "...great for single people or small families who don't want to take the time to roast an entire turkey." (83K AIFF sound or 83K WAV sound)
Start with the compote. In a large non-stick skillet, saute one thinly sliced onion in one teaspoon of vegetable oil until the onions are nicely browned. Then add two cups of fresh cranberries, a cup of orange juice, a teaspoon of grated orange zest, one and a half teaspoons of balsamic or cider vinegar and two tablespoons of sugar.
Bring the mixture to a boil until the cranberries start to pop and the sauce thickens. Then add one cup of grated apples and cook for a minute more. Set it aside; the sauce can be reheated in the microwave later.
For the turkey, the recipe calls for turkey breast cutlets.
"Turkey cutlets are lower in fat than chicken, and the leanest high protein food to eat," says registered dietitian Elizabeth Hiser.
To keep the turkey tender on the inside, the outside is coated with flour and seasoned with salt and pepper. The technique is called "dredging."
"That gives the meat a nice crust and keeps the meat moist and tender," says Smith.
The coated cutlets are sauteed in one and a half teaspoons of vegetable oil until golden brown on each side. Then, arrange them on a favorite holiday platter and add the color and flavor of the savory cranberry compote.
The final product, says Hiser, is four grams of fat and less than 300 calories per serving for a main dish.
For a copy of this recipe, write to: Contemporary Cooking, c/o Eating Well Magazine, Ferry Road, Charlotte, VT 05445. Remember to ask for turkey with cranberry compote.
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