Pastrami-Wrapped Fried Turkey with Horseradish Pickled Onions: Thanksgiving-Hanukkah Recipes


Pastrami-Wrapped Fried Turkey with Horseradish Pickled Onions

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Pastrami-Wrapped Fried Turkey with Horseradish Pickled Onions

The Associated Press


  • For the pickled onions:
  • 1 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons pickling spice
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup prepared horseradish
  • 2 medium red onions, thinly sliced
  • For the turkey:
  • 3 pounds turkey tenderloins
  • 8 ounces thinly sliced pastrami
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 1 / 2cups matzo meal
  • Vegetable oil, for frying


  1. 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.
  2. Wrap each turkey tenderloin in several slices of pastrami, securing them with wooden skewers as needed.
  3. 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.
  4. When ready to cook, heat the oven to 350 F.
  5. In a large, deep saute pan, heat 1/2 inch of oil until it sizzles when a matzo crumb is dropped into it. One at a time, fry each tenderloin for 5 to 7 minutes per side, or until golden brown all over. Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet, then repeat with the remaining tenderloins.
  6. When all of the tenderloins are fried, place them in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until they reach 165 F at the center. Serve with the pickled onions on the side.


Nutrition information per serving: 270 calories; 70 calories from fat (26 percent of total calories); 8 g fat (1 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 90 mg cholesterol; 17 g carbohydrate; 1 g fiber; 2 g sugar; 35 g protein; 440 mg sodium.


About Author

Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.

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