Sunday Rewind: Perfect Thyme for This Turkey

 – Originally posted June 20, 2012.As The Rantings of an Amateur Chef has been going since February of 2012, there are quite a few readers that have joined along the way. In an effort to bring back some great recipes that they may have missed, I will dedicate Sundays to re-posting a favorite that is at least two years old. I hope you enjoy! – The Ranting Chef

Once again I am happy to have a guest blog post from Michelle who blogs at Eat and Sip in the City. Welcome Michelle….

I am happy to be guest blogging again on Rantings of an Amateur Chef. With warm weather rolling in, simple, easy, grilled dishes are my kind of meal, so I figured what better recipe to share then this one. Salvatore (of Imperial Pizza in Brighton, MA) and I make this recipe for turkey cutlets very often alongside cous cous, mixed greens, and green beans tossed with vinaigrette. He is Italian (can you tell by the name?) and his family owns a restaurant, with pizza, pasta, subs, and other delicious Italian cuisine. I am a big fan of his cooking but sometimes we are at odds for what to eat when I am in “healthy mode.”

How about fried eggplant parm. and some chicken? Nope, that is not healthy Sal. Steak with a side of pasta? Still not going to work out for this dieting girl.  But this dish was just perfect for us and I was so impressed by the simplicity of it all, the first time we had it.

It is quick, which works out considering meals don’t usually get made until 7:30 pm or 8ish at my place. Also, we used fresh herbs from my make-shift urban garden, which gave it extra flair and flavor. And best of all, you only need a few ingredients for this healthy meal. It is a great summer recipe for the grill but really it can be prepared indoors (as we did) all year long. Check out the recipe below and there are more food stories, food reviews, and recipes shared on my blog Eat and Sip in the City.

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Grilled Turkey Cutlets with Lemon and Thyme


1 package of turkey cutlets (4 cutlets or around 1 pound of meat)

1 lemon for juicing (and a slice or 2 for garnishing)

3-4 sprigs of fresh thyme (plus more for garnishing if desired)

Olive oil, for drizzling

Salt and pepper, for seasoning


Warm up a grill pan (around med/med-high) or fire up the outdoor grill.

Remove turkey cutlets from packaging and season one side with salt and pepper.

Lightly oil/grease the pan before placing the cutlets in the pan and seasoning the other side.

While cooking cutlets (which will cook for around 7 minutes on each side), remove leaves from thyme stems.  You may even want to put aside a few more sprigs for garnishing.

Cut lemon in half.  Cut and grill a lemon slice or two as well for flavor and garnishing (if desired).

When turkey is ready, move it to your plate/platter and lightly drizzle oil across all the pieces.

Squeeze your two lemon halves across all the pieces next, followed by sprinkling thyme leaves on top of each piece.

Serve and enjoy!

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Categories: Grilled, Guest, kosher, Low Carb, Main Dish, Recipes, Turkey

Author:The Ranting Chef

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