Grilled Turkey Steak with Pimento Cheese & Vegetable Tart

Culinary Setting
Meal Type
Main Course, Entrée
1 HR 15 MIN
Cooking Style
Boneless Breast


Pimento Cheese Log

1/2 c red pepper, roasted, well drained and 3/8" dice

3-1/2 tbsp green olives, well drained and 1/4" dice

2 oz Monterey Jack cheese, grated

2 tbsp Parmesan cheese, grated

2 oz goat cheese, room temperature

1 tsp fresh basil, coarse chop

1 tsp black pepper, freshly ground

4 6-oz TURKEY STEAKS, Cut from the breast

3/4 c fresh lemon juice

2 oz soy sauce

2 tbsp garlic, freshly minced

1 tbsp dry rosemary

1 tsp tarragon leaves

1 tsp oregano leaves

1 tsp black pepper, freshly ground

1 tsp salt

2 c soy oil

4 3-1/2 oz portabello mushrooms

16 Slices yellow squash, 3/8" thick

4 Slices eggplant, 3 inch diameter, 1/2" thick

As needed olive oil

To Taste salt and black pepper

1 lb fresh spinach, washed and dried

1 tbsp garlic, freshly minced

1 (3-inch diameter) vine-ripe tomato, peel, seeds & membrane removed, sliced 3/8" thick

8 oz potato and eggplant threads, fried crisp


In a small mixing bowl with the paddle attachment and on medium speed, combine red pepper, olives, 3 cheeses, basil and black pepper. Mix until well blended.

Remove mix from bowl and roll in plastic wrap in 2-inch diameter tubes. Twist each end firmly and chill thoroughly.

Slice for service, approximately 1/2 inch thick, for a 2 ounce portion. Hold refrigerated for service.

Turkey Marinade: Measure lemon juice, soy sauce and seasonings into a large bowl. Blend well. Slowly add oil and mix well with a wire whip. Cover, label, date and refrigerate.

Turkey Steaks: Purchase pre-cut turkey steaks or cut 6 ounce steaks from the breast. Separate the breast by cutting along the breastbone to the wing joint. Gently pull and separate the steak from the breast. Remove the skin and trim away any fat.

Cover the steaks with plastic wrap. With a mallet or the flat edge of a chef's knife, gently flatten the steaks.

Marinate the turkey steaks for two hours.

Vegetable Tart: Brush portabello mushrooms, squash and eggplant with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. On preheated grill, cook each side as follows: Portabello: 2-1/2 minutes; Squash: 1 minute; Eggplant: 1-1/2 minutes.

On a medium-high flame, heat 10" saute pan and add 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1 tablespoon garlic. Cook 30 seconds. Add spinach, as much as the pan will allow without spilling over. As the volume decreases, stir in the remaining spinach. Remove from the heat and cool.

On the bias, slice the grilled portabellos 1/2 inch thick. To assemble, set four 3-1/2 inch rings on a lightly oiled pan. Place the top side of the portabello slices down in the ring.

In a pinwheel fashion, arrange the yellow squash slices on top of the mushrooms.

Pack the spinach leaves atop the squash to a depth of 1/2 inch.

Arrange the tomato slices on top and press firmly.

Layer the eggplant on last and cover with oiled parchment paper.

For service: Bake vegetable tarts in a 350 degree F. oven approximately 12-14 minutes or until heated through.

Allow the pimento cheese slices to come to room temperature.

Lightly salt and pepper the turkey steaks. Grill turkey steaks on a preheated grill brushing with reserved marinade. Grill each side about 3 to 3-1/2 minutes: 3" to 4" from the flame to an internal temperature of 170 degrees F.

To plate: Invert the vegetable tarts onto four warm dinner plates and position at 12 o'clock. Place one turkey steak on each plate in front of the tart. Arrange slices of the pimento cheese log on top of each turkey steak.

Garnish each portion with 2 ounces of fried potato and eggplant threads alongside the vegetable tart.