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Jamie Purviance

Lemon Pepper Turkey Cutlets with Parmesan and Sage Orzo

  • People

    Serves 6 to 8

  • Grilling Time

    4 to 6 min.

  • Prep Time

    40 min.

Serves 6 to 8
Grilling Time
4 to 6 min.
Prep Time
40 min.

the Ingredients

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  • 8 turkey breast cutlets, about 910 grams total, each about 6 millimeters thick
  • 4 teaspoons finely chopped fresh sage leaves
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 115 grams Fontina cheese, cut into 8 strips, each about 5 centimeters long
  • 8 thin slices prosciutto, about 85 grams total
  • Extra-virgin olive oil


  • 210 grams dried orzo
  • 120 grams finely chopped shallots
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh sage leaves
  • 240 milliliters low-sodium chicken broth, or more as needed
  • 1 package (280 grams) frozen petite peas
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, or more to taste
  • 110 grams finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano® cheese

Special Equipment

  • 8 to 16 short bamboo skewers


  • 01 Soak the skewers in water for at least 30 minutes.
  • 02 Season the cutlets evenly with the sage and lemon zest and then lightly season with salt and pepper. 
  • 03 Wrap each strip of cheese in a slice of prosciutto so the cheese is completely enclosed. Place one prosciutto-wrapped cheese strip on top of each turkey cutlet. Roll up the cutlets and secure them with skewers. Brush the turkey rolls all over with oil. Lightly season the outside of each turkey roll with salt and pepper. (The turkey rolls can be prepared to this point, up to 6 hours ahead, and kept covered in the refrigerator.) 
  • 04 Prepare the grill for direct cooking over medium heat (180° to 230°C).
  • 05 Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat on the stove. Add the orzo and cook until just tender but still al dente, 8 to 9 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain, rinse with cold water, and then set aside. In a large skillet over medium-high heat on the stove, warm 2 tablespoons oil. Add the shallots and sauté until tender, about 4 minutes, stirring often. Stir in the sage, add 240 milliliters chicken broth and the peas, and bring to boil. Cook until the liquid is reduced by about one-third, about 2 minutes. Stir in the orzo, 1½ tablespoons lemon juice, ½ teaspoon pepper, and ¼ teaspoon salt. Stir over medium heat until the orzo is coated with the mixture but still moist, 1 to 3 minutes. Add the cheese and stir to combine. The mixture should be moist, like risotto. If necessary, add more broth to achieve the right consistency, then add more lemon juice, salt, and pepper, if desired. Cover to keep warm.
  • 06 Brush the cooking grates clean. Grill the turkey rolls over direct medium heat, with the lid closed, until the meat is firm to the touch and no longer pink in the center, 4 to 6 minutes, turning occasionally. Remove from the grill and cut each turkey roll crosswise into slices. Remove the skewers. Serve warm with the orzo. 

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