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Season 1 Episode 8

Turkey

Season 1 Episode 8

Pan-Fried Turkey with Jalapeno-Bacon Wild Rice and Cheese Sauce

Chef Andrew Zimmern shares his favorite way to prepare wild turkey breast — brined in pickle juice, dredged and pan-fried over an open fire, served with an indulgent cheese sauce and jalapeno-bacon wild rice. 

For wild turkeys, Andrew Zimmern likes to braise the dark quarters and simply loves brining and frying the white meat. One of the most indulgent ways to eat fried poultry is with a cheese sauce, it’s fat on fat and a delicious meal for celebrating taking down a big tom.


Serves: 4


Pan-Fried Turkey with Jalapeno-Bacon Wild Rice and Cheese Sauce

Print Recipe

Turkey

  • 1 wild turkey breast
  • Pickle juice, for brining
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon whole milk
  • Flour, seasoned with salt and pepper

Jalapeno-Bacon Wild Rice

  • 5 slices wild boar bacon, sliced into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 4 jalapeno peppers, halved, cleaned (stems/seeds discarded) and sliced
  • 2 cups wild rice, cooked to al dente and drained well
  • Salt

Three Cheese Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • Several pinches nutmeg
  • 2 cups milk
  • 14 ounces mixed, grated cheeses (I like a mix of goat cheese, cheddar and gruyere)

Directions

  1. The day before you want to fry the turkey, marinate the breast in pickle juice for at least 8 hours, or up to 24 hours. Remove them from the brine and let them dry on a towel in the fridge for a couple hours before frying.
  2. Next, start the wild rice. Place the bacon slices in a dutch oven or pot over medium direct heat. Saute for a few minutes, then add the onion and jalapeno peppers. Cook until the onions are glassy and the bacon is rendered, about 10 minutes. Add the cooked wild rice and season with salt. Cover and keep warm while you make the cheese sauce.
  3. Start the cheese sauce. Add the butter to a saucepan over medium heat. Once melted, add the flour and stir to create a roux. Cook for 2 minutes. Add a pinch of grated nutmeg. Slowly add the milk, whisking as you go. Bring to a simmer. Once the milk starts to thicken, whisk in the cheese. I like to start with the soft goat cheese, then add cheddar and gruyere. Season and keep warm.
  4. Remove the skin from the turkey breast, and discard or make fried turkey skin like a chicharon. Cut the breast into large fingers.

    Pan-Fried Turkey with Jalapeno-Bacon Wild Rice and Cheese Sauce
  5. In a shallow mixing bowl, combine beaten eggs with milk. Place the seasoned flour in another shallow bowl.
  6. Dip the turkey fingers in the egg mix, then into the seasoned flour, back into the egg mix and then again into the flour to create a double dredge.
  7. Heat one inch of vegetable oil in a large skillet to 375 degrees F. Fry your turkey in batches until crispy and cooked through. Drain on paper towels and season with sea salt.

    Pan-Fried Turkey with Jalapeno-Bacon Wild Rice and Cheese Sauce
  8. Serve with the jalapeno-bacon wild rice and cheese sauce.

    Pan-Fried Turkey with Jalapeno-Bacon Wild Rice and Cheese Sauce


    Pan-Fried Turkey with Jalapeno-Bacon Wild Rice and Cheese Sauce
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