Turkey Polpettone Sandwiches

Total Time:
35 min
20 min
15 min

6 servings

  • 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.

  • While the patties are cooking, heat the marinara sauce in a deep skillet. Add the cooked patties to the sauce. (Or drain the oil from the skillet and add the tomato sauce directly to the patties.)

  • 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.

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