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Pastrami-wrapped Fried Turkey with Horseradish Pickled Onions

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Pickled Onions

1 cup red wine vinegar

cup sugar

2 tablespoons pickling spice

2 tablespoons kosher salt

cup prepared horseradish

2 medium red onions, thinly sliced


3 pounds turkey tenderloins

8 ounces thinly sliced pastrami

2 eggs

2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard

1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

1 cups matzo meal

Vegetable oil, for frying

In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the vinegar, sugar, pickling spice, salt and horseradish. Bring to a boil, then add the onions. Return to a boil, cover and remove from the heat. Let sit until cool. The onions can be prepared up to 2 days in advance. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator.

Wrap each turkey tenderloin in several slices of pastrami, securing them with wooden skewers as needed.

In a wide, shallow bowl, whisk together the eggs, mustard and flour. In a second bowl, spread the matzo meal. One at a time, roll each tenderloin in the egg mixture to coat evenly. Transfer to the matzo meal and roll to coat. The tenderloins can be prepared in this manner up to several hours ahead of time, then covered and refrigerated.

When ready to cook, heat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a large, deep saute pan, heat inch of oil until it sizzles when a matzo crumb is dropped into it. One at a time, fry each tenderloin for 5-7 minutes per side, or until golden brown all over. Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet, then repeat with the remaining tenderloins.

When all of the tenderloins are fried, place them in the oven for 25-30 minutes, or until they reach 165 degrees at the center. Serve with the pickled onions on the side.

Serves 12.

Nutrition values per serving: 270 calories, 8 g fat (1 g saturated), 17 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g sugar, 35 g protein, 90 mg cholesterol, 440 mg sodium.

Alison Ladman for The Associated Press

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