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Weekday dinner inspirations: Turkey Piccata, Three-Cheese Calzones

Mon | Quick Italian

Two cans of refrigerated thin-crust pizza dough is enough for four Three-Cheese Calzones. In a bowl, mix 1 cup each part-skim ricotta and grated smoked mozzarella, a few tablespoons grated Parmesan, 1 egg, a bit of fresh, chopped parsley and a few shakes of garlic powder. Divide the dough into four equal portions and roll to 7 inches, now divide filling between them. Fold and press edges tightly. Cut slits in top of calzones and bake at 375 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes. Let stand for at least five minutes. Serve with warm pasta sauce and a green salad.

Tues | Lemon love

Turkey Piccata (recipe below) is the definition of an easy meal. Because your turkey cutlets have been pounded thin, the preparation time for the dish is less than 15 minutes. (Save this recipe and use it for chicken or thin pork chops.) Add baby spinach sauteed in olive oil and garlic and you'll have dinner on the table in record time.

Wed | Rotisserie chicken

Throw together a Chicken and Avocado Chopped Salad with the help of the rotisserie bird. Don't shred the meat this time, but cut it in cubes. Chopped Romaine lettuce is your base, topped with neat piles of chicken, halved grape tomatoes, sliced radishes, diced cucumber and onion (if you like). If you're a plan-aheader, you might have boiled a couple of eggs last night. If so, chop and add. Just before serving, layer on slices of creamy, ripe avocado. Dress with Ranch or a creamy vinaigrette and scatter with garlic croutons.

Thurs | Something fishy

Baked Fish Sandwiches With Spicy Mayo are on tonight's menu. For the spicy spread, mix 1 cup mayonnaise, 3 tablespoons orange juice and 1 to 2 teaspoons canned chipotle chilies in adobo sauce. Set aside. Using a firm, thin fillet (catfish, snapper, tilapia), dredge it through salt-and-pepper seasoned cornmeal. Spray fish with cooking spray and bake in at 350-degree oven for about 15 minutes, flipping halfway. Serve on buns of your choice spread with the spicy mayo and an ice-cold lettuce leaf and tomato slice. Serve with oven-baked sweet potato fries.

Fri | South American flair

Crack open a bottle of Argentinian malbec (our resident wine gurus like the Areo Malbec found at supermarkets and liquor stores) for Grilled Skirt Steak With Chimichurri Sauce. To make the Argentinian herb sauce, roughly chop and blend 6 cloves garlic, 2 shallots, sliced, 2 cups packed fresh flat-leaf parsley, ¼ cup fresh oregano leaves, 1 heaping tablespoon kosher salt and 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes in a food processor. Stream in 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil, ½ cup red wine vinegar and ¼ cup water. Serve the sauce with the grilled, sliced steak (which should only take 5 to 6 minutes per side, maybe less) and roasted halved red potatoes.

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Turkey Piccata

1 pound boneless turkey breast cutlets (see note)

½ cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon white pepper

3 tablespoons butter, divided

2 tablespoons olive oil

½ cup dry white wine

1/3 cup fresh lemon juice

1 tablespoon drained capers

6 lemon slices, halved

1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Place turkey between 2 sheets of heavy-duty plastic wrap, and flatten to ¼-inch thickness, using a rolling pin or the flat side of a meat mallet.

Combine flour, salt, and pepper in a shallow dish. Dredge turkey cutlets in flour mixture.

Melt 1 tablespoon butter in 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add half of turkey, and cook 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Remove turkey from skillet, and place on a wire rack in a jelly-roll pan in a 200-degree oven to keep warm. Repeat with remaining turkey, 1 tablespoon butter, and 1 tablespoon oil as needed.

Stir wine and next 3 ingredients into skillet and cook over medium-high heat 2 minutes or until sauce is slightly thickened. Remove from heat; stir in remaining 1 tablespoon butter. Place turkey on a serving platter; pour sauce over turkey, and sprinkle evenly with parsley.

Note: Boneless, skinless chicken thighs or thin-cut boneless pork chops may be substituted.

Serves 4.

Source: Southern Living, 2006

Weekday dinner inspirations: Turkey Piccata, Three-Cheese Calzones 05/15/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 4:30am]
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