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Even though it’s only February, I am seeing glimpses of spring trying to peek through with all of the unusually warm weather we have been having lately. I love it! I am so excited about the warmer weather and spring can’t come soon enough for me. I look forward to getting outside with the family, getting active, watching flowers and plants bloom, and also enjoying some of our favourite meals that we like to have this time of year, as well as some new ones.
Canadian Turkey is ready for spring too! Whether you are celebrating Easter, March Break, Family Day, family gatherings, parties or birthdays, be sure to include turkey in your meals this spring season. It’s the perfect time of year to get creative and turkey is a nice, lean meat that accompanies the warming weather nicely.
Oven Baked Turkey Eggplant Parmesan is the perfect, comfort food meal to feed the family or a crowd. I love meals that I can put in the oven to bake and serve from one dish. Whether I’m just feeding the husband, myself and the kids or having friends and family over, meals like this are satisfying, plentiful and delicious. Not to mention, the flavours of turkey and eggplant go together SO well.
Oven Baked Turkey Eggplant Parmesan
Prep time: 30 mins.
Cook time: 35 mins.
2 lbs Canadian turkey scallopini
2 small eggplants
3/4 cup flour
3 eggs, lightly beaten
2 cups Panko breadcrumbs
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp olive oil
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 medium onion, diced
1 large can diced tomatoes
1 jar tomato puree
1 tbsp Italian seasoning
1 tsp sugar
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
½ cup grated mozzarella cheese
- Slice the eggplant into medium-thick (1 cm) slices.
- Lightly salt both sides of the eggplant and place on a paper towel to absorb moisture. Let sit for 15 minutes per side.
- To make tomato sauce, heat olive oil and onions in a medium sized frying pan over medium heat.
- Sauté until onions are lightly browned, 6 minutes.
- Add crushed garlic and cook another 2 minutes.
- Add tomatoes, Italian seasoning and sugar, and reduce heat to a gentle simmer for 15 minutes.
- Season scallopini with salt and pepper.
- Dip scallopini in flour, then egg and finally Panko.
- Repeat with eggplant.
- Broil both scallopini and eggplant on the middle rack of the oven until cooked and browned, 5-8 minutes per side. (time will vary depending on your oven)
- Layer in an ovenproof dish. Start with some tomato sauce, then follow with eggplant, tomato sauce, turkey, tomato sauce again, then finally eggplant. Sprinkle each layer lightly with Parmesan cheese.
- Top with mozzarella.
- Bake for 35 minutes at 350 degrees.
- Cool slightly and serve.
TIP – Here’s a money saving tip: You can easily make your own scallopini by buying a whole turkey breast and thinly slicing and pounding the meat flat.
Canadian Turkey is such a healthy, light and lean source of protein packed with vitamins and minerals. Not to mention, turkey is so easy to prepare and versatile thanks to the variety of cuts available at your local grocer or butcher! It’s my family’s go-to favourite for special occasions, but also for every day meals. Whether it’s a whole turkey, or turkey parts such as a thighs, drumsticks and turkey breasts, there is just something about turkey that makes any meal feel special and naturally brings people together through the food. Also, the sides that pair well with turkey are endless because turkey goes deliciously well with almost anything!
Embrace spring with great food and include Canadian Turkey on the menu to help bring spring weather in with open arms. It’s a great reason to get the family together and enjoy the warmer weather ahead.
Find additional tips, recipes and HOW TOs by visiting canadianturkey.ca for more cooking inspiration and have fun creating and enjoying delicious meals with Canadian Turkey.
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