Wild Turkey Schnitzel with Chanterelle Cream Sauce
Step 1: Harvest wild turkey (results may vary)
Step 2: Process wild turkey, and don't just pull the freaking breasts, but that's all this recipe will use.
Step 3: Save meat until chanterelle season. When it's time, take breast out and brine in a simple brine (1 gallon water/1 cup salt/1 cup sugar/2 halved lemons/4 cloves garlic). Leave in brine for 24-48 hrs.
Step 3: While you're waiting for the brine process, go out and forage some chanterelle mushrooms. Remember, there are old mycologists and bold mycologists, but no old bold mycologists. Know your shrooms before you pick 'em.
Step 4: Rinse, pat dry and chop chanterelles.
Step 5: Take turkey breast out and cut crosswise into a few smaller pieces. Then pound those suckers flat with a mallet.
Step 6: Dip turkey into some beaten eggs, toss in seasoned flour, then roll in panko bread crumbs. Fry using your method of choice. I'm in Alabama, so they were deep fried.
Step 7: You need some sides. Since schnitzel is German, might as well braise some cabbage and make some sort of potatoes. I boiled some red potatoes, mashed in milk and added scallions, garlic and parmesan. For the cabbage, I chopped it up and braised it with some bacon and chicken stock.
Step 8: To make the chanterelle cream sauce, I throw some finely chopped onions (2 tbsp) in a pan with a melted pat of butter. When they're translucent, throw in 2 cloves of minced garlic (I like to use a garlic press).
Cook for a minute and add in chopped chanterelles.
Cook for a couple more minutes then add in 3/4 cup of heavy whipping cream, 1/4 cup white wine, 1/4 cup chicken stock, and a dash of worcestershire sauce. Bring to a boil then reduce and let simmer for ~5 minutes.
Step 9: Plate it all and devour it. This was sooo good. Even better that the chanterelles and turkey were both harvested about 30 yards (and about 3 months) apart from one another.
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