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Tailgate Recipes for Week Two

By Huskerlocker @huskerlocker

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Pete's "Rubbed and Almost Fried" Turkey Sandwich
(Recipe courtesy Panini Pete's, Fairhope, AL)
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
- Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
- Focaccia bread, about 10-inches square
- 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 1 pound thinly sliced Pete's Almost Fried Turkey, recipe follows
- 3 tablespoons thinly sliced roasted red pepper
- 8 ounces fresh mozzarella, sliced
- 2 cups mixed baby greens
- 3 tablespoons Key Lime Garlic Mayonnaise, recipe follows
Whisk the vinegar and olive oil together in a small bowl and season with salt and pepper.
Slice the focaccia into 4 equal pieces; then slice each piece horizontally for sandwiches. Spread some of theDijon mustard on the cut side of the bottom half of each focaccia. Top bread evenly with turkey, peppers, and season with salt and pepper.
Add mozzarella and baby greens, and drizzle the balsamic dressing on top. Smear the top half of each focaccia with Key Lime Garlic Mayonnaise, and place on top of greens to finishsandwich. Brush the tops and bottoms of each sandwich with olive oil.
Heat a sandwich press, or use cast iron pans and aluminum foil covered bricks to press sandwiches. Cook the sandwiches, in batches if needed, until the cheese melts and the bread is toasted. Serve.
Pete's Rubbed and Almost Fried Turkey:
- 1/4 cup roughly chopped garlic
- 1/4 cup roughly chopped fresh rosemary leaves
- 3 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh sage
- 2 lemons, zest finely grated
- 1/4 cup kosher salt
- 3 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper
- 3 pounds boneless, skinless turkey breast
- Oil, for frying
Special Equipment: deep heavy-bottomed pot for frying turkey
Process the garlic, herbs, lemon zest, salt and pepper in a food processor fitted with the metal blade until coarsely ground. Rub mixture generously over turkey breast. Roll the turkey breast into a compact shape by turning the smaller end of the breast under. Wrap tightly in 3 layers of heavy-duty aluminum foil.
Fill a deep heavy-bottomed pot 2/3's full with oil. Heat over medium-high until a deep-fry thermometer reads 350 degrees F. Fry the turkey breast, wrapped in the foil, for 35 minutes or 12 minutes per pound. Carefully remove turkey from oil and set aside, wrapped in the foil, to cool to room temperature. Refrigerate turkey until firm enough to thinly slice, at least 2 hours or overnight.
Yield: 6 to 8 servings
Garlic Mayonnaise:
- 1 large egg
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons minced garlic
- Juice of 2 key limes and zest of 1
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 2 cups vegetable oil
Pulse the egg, mustard, garlic and lime juice in a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. With the machine running, add the oil in a steady stream until the mixture is pale in color and thick. Transfer mayonnaise to a bowl, stir in zest, cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Red Onion Dip
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 3 chopped small red onions
- 2 chopped cloves garlic
- 1/2 tablespoon chopped ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon thyme leaves
- 1/8 teaspoon allspice
- salt
- pepper
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar
- 1 cup sour cream
In a large skillet, heat 3 Tbsp. vegetable oil. Stir in 3 chopped small red onions, 2 chopped cloves garlic, 1/2 Tbsp. chopped ginger, 1/2 tsp. thyme leaves and 1/8 tsp. allspice; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, for 10 minutes. Stir in 1 tsp. brown sugar; let cool. Stir in 1 cup sour cream.
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