Turkey Polpettone Sandwiches
- 2 pounds ground turkey
- 1 cup soft fresh bread crumbs
- 2 egg yolks
- 4 tablespoons thinly sliced green onion
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage leaves
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 2 teaspoons salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest
- 2 ounces whole-milk mozzarella cheese, cut into 4 equal pieces, plus 2 cups grated
- Olive oil, for frying
- 1 (32-ounce) jar of your favorite marinara
- 6 sandwich rolls
Put the turkey in a bowl. Add all the remaining ingredients except for the mozzarella and work them in gently by hand. Divide the mixture into 12 equal pieces. Flatten each piece into a round patty. Top 6 of the patties with a piece of mozzarella and then with a second patty, making 6 polpettones. By hand, press the edges together to seal them and to make patties of even thickness. Sprinkle both sides of the patties with salt and pepper.
Heat a large ovenproof skillet over moderate heat. Add olive oil to a depth of 1/8-inch. When the oil is hot, add the 6 patties. Cook on 1 side until lightly browned, about 1 1/2 minutes, then turn and cook on the second side until browned, 1 to 2 minutes longer.
Put a few tablespoons of grated mozzarella on top of each patty. Simmer the patties in the sauce for about 4 minutes, until the cheese is melted.
Assemble the sandwich: Put a few tablespoons of sauce and 1 polpettone on a split roll. Top with a little more sauce and serve immediately.
Michael's Notes: For the lightest polpettone, work the mixture as little as possible.
Recipe courtesy of Michael Chiarello
Recipe courtesy of Robin Miller