Cheesy Bacon Wrapped Turkey Rollups
* 8 turkey breast cutlets, turkey breasts cut open and pounded to an even 1/4-inch thickness (about 1 pound)
* freshly ground black pepper
* 3 garlic cloves, finely minced or grated
* 2 teaspoons dry basil (or 2 tablespoons fresh basil, finely chopped)
* 8 slices Provolone cheese
* 16 slices ham, thin
* 16 slices bacon, thin
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Place turkey cutlets on a sheet of heavy duty aluminum foil and divide the seasonings evenly between each piece (salt, pepper, garlic, and basil)
3. Put one slice Provolone cheese on top of each turkey cutlet.
4. Put two slices of ham on next.
5. Roll up the cutlet tightly to form a log; roll them up so they're shorter not longer (it all depends how your turkey breasts pounded out.)
6. Wrap two slices of bacon around the rolled up cutlet, being careful to keep the turkey tightly wrapped.
7. Roll the aluminum foil up around the turkey cutlet so it's sealed tight.
8. Put on a baking sheet and cook in preheated oven at 375 degrees for 30 minutes.
9. Remove from oven and, being careful of the steam, open the foil and slide the cutlet onto the baking sheet; discard the foil.
10. Turn the oven up to 400 degrees and put the exposed bacon-wrapped cutlets back in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until the bacon is browned.
You can also cut the turkey cutlets into smaller sizes and use this for an appetizer or snack. And, of course, this recipe works perfectly with chicken cutlets, too.
The hardest part for me is pounding the turkey or chicken out into thin cutlets. I've tried all sorts of ways and have finally settled on this great method:
Save cereal box bags. They are very sturdy. Rinse them out, dry, and keep them handy.
Slice the breast in half through the middle - so you have two thinner turkey breasts. You are also exposing the fibers of the meat so it pounds easier. The solid meat seems to resists flattening.
Put the breast inside the cereal bag and set on sturdy counter, or the floor, whichever works.
Take a cast iron skillet and pound the breast out. It will flatten quite nicely and you won't have trouble breaking through the plastic, waxed paper, or whatever you were using. And the breast won't go skidding across the counter because it's in the cereal bag. The cereal bag will eventually break, but it will hold up for several poundings.