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Easy, Juicy Rosemary Romano Roasted Turkey Cutlets

The first Thanksgiving after I graduated college was disappointing at best. I’d made plans to spend Thanksgiving with my cousins, which I was really looking forward to. But then my car died suddenly and my plans were totally derailed.

Without a car, I had to cancel my plans at the last minute.

Thanksgiving dinner was ruined for me, since I didn’t know how to cook a turkey — and didn’t want to. Instead, I ended up eating a frozen chicken dinner.

No turkey. No cranberries. No million side dishes.

I wish I’d known about turkey cutlets — boneless, thin cuts of turkey that are easy and fast to cook — back then. If I had, I could have whipped up a super easy stress-free last-minute Thanksgiving dinner. Hindsight, right?

These easy, juicy Rosemary Romano Roasted Turkey Cutlets are a delicious way to enjoy turkey this Thanksgiving (or any day). Basically, you make a paste of rosemary, salt, garlic powder and a little mayo. Then you spread that onto one side of the turkey cutlet. Top it with breadcrumbs and a little Romano cheese and it’s ready to be baked.

Did I mention this takes about 30 minutes to make — tops?

The secret to the juiciness of these cutlets is that they are rubbed with the mayo mixture which locks in the moistness. And with rosemary and a hint of garlic mixed in, it’s just perfect. The breadcrumbs and rosemary add just the right amount of texture and saltiness.

Whether you are looking for a last-minute turkey solution or just looking for something easier than a whole turkey, these Rosemary Romano Roasted Turkey Cutlets are a great option that won’t disappoint.

Of course, these aren’t just good for Thanksgiving. Really, turkey cutlets can be enjoyed all year long. Why not make some tonight?

To serve: These Rosemary Romano Roasted Turkey Cutlets are great alone, but they are also amazing topped with Foolproof Herbed Turkey Gravy.

Easy, Juicy Rosemary Romano Roasted Turkey Cutlets

Easy, Juicy Rosemary Romano Roasted Turkey Cutlets

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp minced fresh rosemary
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise, recommended: Hellmann's
  • 4 turkey cutlets, about 1 lb
  • 4 tsp plain breadcrumbs
  • freshly grated Romano cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with nonstick aluminum foil.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together the rosemary, salt, garlic powder and mayonnaise until well combined. Set aside.
  3. Rinse the turkey cutlets under cool water, then pat dry. Place the cutlets on the baking sheet.
  4. Divide the herb mixture evenly among the four cutlets, spreading it out all over the side of the cutlet facing up. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of breadcrumbs onto each cutlet and then sprinkle with Romano cheese.
  5. Bake the turkey cutlets for 20-25 minutes, until cooked through and golden brown.

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Kahie

Wednesday 4th of March 2020

Family members don’t like mayo-could I substitute Greek yogurt or sour cream?

Sarah Walker Caron

Thursday 5th of March 2020

Hi Kahie, I am not a mayo fan either, so I can say with confidence that you cannot taste it in this recipe — it works as a binding agent and keeps the turkey moist. I can't say with certainty how the recipe will turn out with a substitute, as I haven't tried that. But of the two options, Greek yogurt is the one I would recommend — with a caveat: You will taste the tanginess of it. If that's something your family doesn't mind, then try it.

Farida

Saturday 23rd of November 2019

I am also curious why apply mixture on one side of the cutlet.

Sarah Walker Caron

Saturday 23rd of November 2019

Hi Farida, the seasoning is really a topping of sorts — and by applying it to one side (the top side) it ensures that the topping will cook properly without coming off. Hope that helps!

Farida

Saturday 23rd of November 2019

Wondering if its a good idea to marinate for 12hours and to add some spice like cayenne pepper or paprika. I make turkey dish once a year so not really sure if marinating turkey overnight is a good idea or not. Your feedback is much appreciated. I plan to make it this thanksgiving.

Sarah Walker Caron

Saturday 23rd of November 2019

Hi Farida, this recipe doesn't marinate at all. Instead, it's coated with the seasoning mixture and then cooked. I wouldn't apply the seasoning mixture before cooking though as the mayo-based mixture may not hold up well to sitting without cooking. Hope that helps!

Fran Fanizzi

Sunday 20th of November 2016

Sarah, do you think you can use a ready turkey roast ( I think it's boneless, rolled into a roast) for cutlets? I need to make a lot and don't want to buy cutlets, they're pricey!

Sarah Walker Caron

Sunday 20th of November 2016

Hi Fran: I have to confess that I haven't used one of those before. If you can slice it, it would probably work though. So sorry I can't offer better help on this one!

Steve

Saturday 10th of September 2016

My parents (99 and 95 years old) and I thought they were great. The crumb crust didn't seem to be browning much, and I didn't want to leave them to get too dry, so a minute under the broiler did the trick. They were easy to prepare, with all of the ingredients already on hand. Tasty, and good presentation.

Sarah Walker Caron

Sunday 11th of September 2016

So glad you and your parents enjoyed this, Steve! Thank you!