Almond Crusted Turkey Schnitzel with Smoked Cheddar

By Executive Chef Jeff Paige
Culinary Setting
Meal Type
Main Course, Entrée

About this Dish

Executive Chef Jeff Paige of Cotton Restaurant serves up successful turkey dishes year-round at his establishment in New Hampshire. This New England twist of a German classic will add a excitement to your winter menu!

“I menu turkey because it is virtually a blank canvas; it takes well to many flavors and cooking techniques. Most importantly, my customers love turkey, we always have at least one menu item featuring turkey and they are all very popular.” – Executive Chef Jeff Paige

Cooking Style
Pan Fry
Boneless Breast


2-1/2 lbs Granny Smith apples, peeled and cored

3 tbsp light brown sugar

3/4 c bourbon

2 c fresh white bread crumbs

1/2 c slivered blanched almonds, roughly chopped

As needed flour for dredging

3 Extra large eggs, beaten for egg wash

As needed kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

4 5-oz Turkey Cutlets, sliced thin & gently lobed to an even thickness

1/3+ c clarified butter

4 1-oz Slices smoked Cheddar cheese

As needed slivered almonds


Chunky Bourbon Applesauce

Dice apples into ½-inch cubes.

In a large heavy saucepan, combine apples, sugar and bourbon.

Cook over medium-low heat, stirring often, for about 20-30 minutes, or until apples are soft.

Stir vigorously to mash the apples.

The applesauce may be served warm, or cooled completely and refrigerated, tightly covered. Maximum shelf life is 5 days.

Turkey Cutlets

Mix fresh bread crumbs and chopped almonds together in a shallow container.

Place flour and beaten eggs into two additional individual shallow containers.

Season each turkey cutlet with salt and pepper, dredge each in the flour, egg wash and finally, the almond-breadcrumb mixture.

Heat the clarified butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Saute cutlets, being careful not to crowd the pan. Cook until the cutlets are brown and carefully turn to cook the other side. (Approximately 1-1/2 to 2 minutes per side.)

Transfer the cutlets to a sheet pan. Top each cutlet with a slice of Cheddar cheese. Bake in a preheated 400 degree F oven until the cheese has melted, approximately 5 minutes.


Garnish each cutlet with 2 tablespoons of Bourbon Applesauce and a sprinkling of sliced almonds. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

Total Calories 960

Calories from Fat 380

Total Fat 43 g

% Daily Total Fat 66

Saturated Fat 19 g

% Daily Saturated Fat 95

Cholesterol 325 g

% Daily Cholesterol 108

Sodium 800 mg

% Daily Sodium 33

Total Carbohydrates 65 g

% Daily Total Carbohydrates 22

Dietary Fiber 8 g

% Daily Dietary Fiber 32

Sugars 38 g

Protein 53 g

% Daily Protein 20

% Daily Vitamin C 20

% Daily Calcium 35

% Daily Iron 25