Sidewalk Turkey & Pepper Heroes
This spinoff of the classic hoagie from Philly uses low-fat turkey instead of higher-fat beef, but they are just as much fun to eat.
  • 3 large red bell peppers, cut into 1-inch-wide strips
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil, preferably extra-virgin
  • 3/4 pound skinless turkey breast, cut into chunks
  • 1 egg
  • 6 to 8 sprigs of flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 tablespoons plain dried bread crumbs
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon fennel seed
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3 ounces thinly sliced provolone cheese
  • 2 tablespoons nonfat mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon thyme
  • Four crusty hero rolls (about 3 ounces each), split

1. Preheat broiler. Spray a jelly-roll pan with nonstick cooking spray.

2. Place red bell peppers and onion on prepared pan. Drizzle with vinegar and oil, and toss to coat. Broil 3 to 4 inches from heat, stirring several times, 15 minutes, or until vegetables are tender and lightly charred. Set aside and cover loosely to keep warm. Keep broiler on.

3. Meanwhile, in food processor, coarsely grind turkey breast. Add egg, parsley, bread crumbs, garlic, fennel, salt and red pepper flakes. Process briefly just to combine. Shape mixture into four thin oblong patties and place on broiler pan.

4. Broil turkey patties 4 to 5 inches from heat, without turning, about 5 minutes, or until cooked through. Top evenly with cheese and broil about 30 seconds, or until cheese is melted.

5. Meanwhile, in small bowl or cup, blend mayonnaise with basil, oregano and thyme. Brush rolls with seasoned mayonnaise and lightly toast rolls.

6. Serve patties in toasted rolls topped with pepper mixture.

Nutritional Information
Per serving: 488 calories, 12g total fat, 5.1g saturated fat, 3.8g monounsaturated fat, 1.9g polyunsaturated fat, 4.7g dietary fiber, 37g protein, 56g carbohydrate, 121mg cholesterol, 895mg sodium.
Good source of: beta-carotene, calcium, iron, selenium, vitamin C.

Date Published: 09/19/2005 > Printer-friendly Version

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