Turkey Picadillo Sandwiches

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 53 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook: 33 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Nutrition Info
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Ingredients

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling

1 medium onion, diced

8 cloves garlic, chopped

3 bay leaves

1 tablespoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon chili powder

1/2 teaspoon ground allspice

1 1/4 pounds ground turkey

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

1 6-ounce can tomato paste

1/3 cup golden raisins

1/2 cup chopped pimento-stuffed olives, plus 2 tablespoons olive juice

4 soft sesame buns or Portuguese rolls, split

Sliced avocado, for garnish (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Heat 3 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until slightly soft, about 2 minutes. Add the bay leaves, cumin, chili powder and allspice; toast 1 to 2 minutes. Add the turkey, 1 teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste. Cook about 5 minutes, breaking up the meat.
  2. Add the tomato paste and stir until brick red, 3 to 4 minutes. Add 2 cups water, the raisins, olives and olive juice. Bring to a simmer, cover and cook over medium heat until thickened, about 15 minutes. Uncover and cook, stirring, 3 more minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Drizzle the cut sides of the rolls with olive oil, place on a baking sheet and warm in the oven, about 5 minutes. Fill the rolls with the turkey mixture. Garnish with avocado, if desired.
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