Photo: Helen Rosner
Freshly cracked rather than pre-cracked peppercorns make a huge difference in this Grilled Turkey with Cracked Black Pepper Sauce since the pepper is more a featured ingredient than a mere seasoning. A great fast entree for entertaining, this would make a terrific nontraditional turkey dinner with Baked Yams.
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
Pinch of ground allspice
Pinch of ground cloves
2 1/4-pounds raw turkey breast, cut into thin scallops
Extra virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Cracked Black Pepper Sauce (see recipe below), for serving
In a small bowl, combine the cumin, oregano, allspice, and cloves.
Cover turkey slices with plastic wrap and pound to evenly flatten to 1/4- to 1/8-inch thick. Brush lightly with olive oil, sprinkle all over with salt and pepper and spice mixture, and reserve. Preheat grill or broiler.
Grill or broil turkey slices, less than a minute per side. Top with Cracked Black Pepper Sauce and serve immediately. Great accompanied by your favorite yam dish and/or sautéed greens.
Cracked Black Pepper Sauce
7 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold
2 medium red onions, diced
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 cup white vinegar
2 cups chicken or turkey stock
1 tablespoon cracked black pepper
Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in a medium skillet over low heat. Cook onions with the salt, stirring and shaking the pan frequently, until onions are golden, about 15 minutes. Pour in vinegar, turn heat up to high, and reduce by half. Add stock and reduce by half again.
Slice remaining cold butter. Reduce heat to low and whisk butter into the sauce a little at a time. Remove from heat and stir in the cracked pepper.