Potato Crusted Turkey Rillette with Poached Egg & Truffle Hollandaise

By Proprietor and Executive Chef Mark Martin
Culinary Setting
Meal Type

About this Dish

At Ethan’s of Elizabeth in Charlotte, North Carolina, Chef Mark Martin creates the perfect combination of old-world charm and New American cuisine by including delicious, distinctive turkey dishes on the menu.

“Turkey is high in protein and low in fat, which adapts well to breakfast as well as lunch and dinner. Turkey allows my patrons an opportunity to enjoy a satisfying meal that is healthier than other proteins.” – Chef Mark Martin

Cooking Style
Turkey Legs/Drumsticks


1 Sweet onion, sliced thin

2 Large bay leaves

2 Medium carrots, coarsely chopped

6 c olive oil

3 Cloves garlic, mashed

1/2 tsp ground cumin

1/2 tsp coriander

2 tbsp salt

1 tsp freshly ground black pepper

3 Turkey legs

1 Lemon, juiced

2 Large egg yolks

1 c clarified unsalted butter, warm

1 Lemon, juiced

1/2 tbsp truffle slices or peelings

To Taste salt and freshly ground black pepper

4 Medium Idaho potatoes, peeled

1 tbsp salt

4 Large eggs

1 tbsp vinegar



Mix together onion, bay leaves, carrots, olive oil, garlic, cumin, coriander, salt and black pepper. Add turkey legs and coat legs with mixture. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

After 8 to 10 hours of refrigeration, place all ingredients in an oven proof baking pan, ensuring the turkey legs are covered with the olive oil. Add oil if necessary.

Cover pan with foil and cook in a preheated 325 degree F oven for 4 to 4-1/2 hours. Turkey legs are done when the internal temperature reaches 185 degrees F plus the fat on the legs begins to break away from the bone.

Set aside for 30 minutes and let legs cool to the touch. Remove legs from oil mixture. Strain oil and reserve.

Remove leg meat from bones discarding all fat, skin, bones and cartilage.

Shred turkey meat with hands, slowly adding ½ cup of the reserved olive oil and juice of one lemon. About 5 minutes of kneading is required to incorporate the oil and lemon juice. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Cover and refrigerate. Advance preparation may be done one day in advance.

Truffle Hollandaise

In a double boiler, over simmering water, heat beaten egg yolks for one minute.

While whisking yolks, slowly add warm clarified butter.

When the butter is incorporated, stir in lemon juice, truffles, salt and pepper to taste.

Hold warm for service.


Shred potatoes. Add salt to potatoes.

For each portion, mold shredded potatoes around ¼ cup of shredded turkey.

Pan fry potato cakes until potatoes are golden brown and turkey is heated through.


Crack each egg separately into a small bowl.

Add 1 tablespoon vinegar to simmering water. Drop each egg into simmering water, one at a time. Simmer eggs for about 2-3 minutes or until the desired doneness is reached.

For each portion, place one egg atop a potato cake and nap all with warm Truffle Hollandaise Sauce.

Nutrition Facts

Total Calories 1290

Calories from Fat 930

Total Fat 104 g

% Daily Total Fat 160

Saturated Fat 39 g

% Daily Saturated Fat 195

Cholesterol 635 g

% Daily Cholesterol 212

Sodium 2360 mg

% Daily Sodium 98

Total Carbohydrates 30 g

% Daily Total Carbohydrates 10

Dietary Fiber 3 g

% Daily Dietary Fiber 12

Sugars 2 g

Protein 60 g

% Daily Protein 35

% Daily Vitamin C 40

% Daily Calcium 10

% Daily Iron 35