Friday , 19 January 2018

Almond Crusted Turkey

Almond Crusted Turkey

Happy Holidays everyone!

No post on Monday of course, but I’ll probably post next week on Wednesday and Friday.  Today was my first official day of vacation and I’m off until the new year.  Yesterday was supposed to be my first day of vacation but I ended up heading into the office and working for the majority of it!

Luckily though my boss was awesome about it and let me not count it as a vacation day and instead transfer over to 2013.

My goal is to have long days of doing absolutely nothing but my mind’s already racing thinking of all the little things that need to get done; Aerogarden planting, bi-monthly bill paying/budgeting, meal planning, blog reading, photo editing, gift wrapping (i.e. I still have to get a few gifts eep!), ugh!

Fingers crossed I actually get to enjoy a day R & R!

But let’s turn to the topic at hand so I have a good reason to procrastinate and not do those chores for a little while longer, namely this tasty almond crusted turkey.

Pro tip on the turkey tenderloin though, next time I’d cut it into 4 pieces and pound it thinly to really get an awesome crust going.  I was in a bit of a rush when I made it and didn’t and then at dinner time wished I had.

To top it off, a quick gravy is made and then spiked with more almonds that’s then poured over the turkey.  On the side I rounded it out with some roasted garlic mashed potatoes and some frozen broccoli and had dinner on the table in 30 minutes.

Almond Crusted Turkey

Servings: 4

Calories per serving: 337

Fat per serving: 16.8

Almond Crusted Turkey


  • 1 – 1 ¼ lb turkey tenderloin, cut into 4 pieces and pounded until ¼ inch thick
  • ¼ cup whole wheat panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp poultry seasoning
  • ½ tsp each garlic powder and salt
  • ¼ tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ cup dry sherry
  • 4 tsp white whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup + ¼ cup slivered almonds, divided


  1. In a small skillet, toast ¼ cup slivered almonds over medium heat until lightly browned and toasted. Set aside.
  2. In a mini chop, combine remaining 1/3 cup almonds and ¼ cup whole wheat panko, process until finely ground. Place almond/breadcrumb mixture in a shallow plate. Combine poultry seasoning, garlic powder, salt, and smoked paprika in a small bowl, and then sprinkle evenly over turkey. Crust turkey in crumb mixture and set aside.
  3. Heat olive oil over medium high heat. Place turkey in pan and cook for 3 minutes or until nicely browned. Flip and cook another 2 - 3 minutes or until done. Remove to a plate and set aside.
  4. Whisk together dry sherry and flour. Pour chicken stock into pan and deglaze, scraping bottom to loosen brown bits. Whisk in sherry/flour mixture. Add in butter and toasted almonds and continue to cook another 2 – 3 minutes or until slightly thickened. Serve sauce with turkey.

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  1. Oh, that looks so delicious! My husband and I are looking for ‘lighter’ meals for after the holidays and I’m bookmarking this one 😉
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  2. Great recipe – perfect for the holidays. Speaking of which, enjoy your time off, and have a very merry Christmas.

  3. I love SHERRY in my food. I just learned that you could add sherry to food and make it taste so delicious from my mother in law! She adds it to her chestnut soup (drool worthy) Have a HAPPY HOLIDAYS Love + Shine CourtStar
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  4. I would love to know where you find whole wheat panko crumbs. I can’t seem to find them anywhere. This looks wonderful and a nice lean dish. I know what you mean about working, I was headed to the office on my vacation day today too. Have a good New Year!

  5. Oh wow! That turkey definitely looks TEMPTING!!! aaahh and the crust too! Gives it such a wonderful crisp. Christmas wouldn’t be complete without this! haha Yes! sometimes it’s the little things that take so much time!!! Anyway, I wish you a Merry Christmas my dear and a Happy New Year! All the best for 2013!! 🙂

  6. I’ve never made almond crusted chicken/turkey before although I’ve seen the recipe. Sounds actually easy to make. I am used to use Panko for breading all the time, but this is definitely a nice alternative!
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