Potato Crusted Turkey Breast Stuffed with Jalapenos and Corn with Mole Sauce

Total Time:
1 hr 20 min
1 hr
20 min

6 servings

  • Stuffing:
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped onions
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallots
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped jalapenos
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup sweet corn
  • 1 cup coarsely crumbled corn muffins
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 4 (6-ounce) turkey breasts
  • 2 baking potatoes, peeled, cut in half, kept in water
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Essence
  • Olive oil for sauteing
  • 2 cups fried shoestring potatoes tossed with Emeril's Southwest Seasoning
  • Mole:
  • 1/2 cup shelled pumpkin seeds, roasted
  • 1/4 cup shelled pistachio nuts, roasted
  • 1/4 cup roasted pine nuts
  • 1 tablespoon tamarind paste
  • 1/2 cup roasted poblano peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon Steen's cane syrup
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Essence (Emeril's Creole Seasoning):
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried leaf oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • Preheat the oven 450 degrees F. For the stuffing: In a saute pan, heat the olive oil. When the pan is smoking hot saute the onions, shallots, and garlic, for 1 minute. Add the jalapenos, celery, and corn. Continue sauteing for 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. In a mixing bowl, combine the Sauteed vegetables, crumbled corn muffins and stock together, mix until incorporated. For the turkey: Using a small knife, make a 2-inch slit on the side of the breast, forming a pocket. Fill each pocket with about 1/2 cup of the stuffing. Using a potato threader from Suzy Wong, thread the potatoes (they will resemble locks of curly hair). Season each stuffed breast with Essence. Rub the entire breast with the Dijon mustard. On a cloth napkin folded in half, cover the bottom half with the seasoned potato crust. Place the turkey in the center and fold over the remaining crust over the breast. Roll the breast up tightly in the napkin. This will help in holding the crust to the meat. In a saute pan, heat the olive oil. When the pan is smoking hot, remove the napkin and add the potato crusted turkey. Saute for 2-3 minutes or until golden on one side. Flip the meat over and finish cooking in the oven for 8-10 minutes. Serve with shoestring potatoes.

  • In a food processor, combine all the ingredients together. Puree the mixture until creamy and smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Remove the turkey from the oven. Spoon a small pool of the sauce in the center of the plate.

Essence (Emeril's Creole Seasoning):
  • Combine all ingredients thoroughly and store in an airtight jar or container.

  • Yield: about 2/3 cup

  • Recipe from "New New Orleans Cooking", by Emeril Lagasse and Jessie Tirsch. Published by William and Morrow, 1993.

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