Post-holiday doldrums can be killer. You're trying to be so good, but salad for dinner just doesn't cut the mustard in the middle of winter, and you can only have lentil soup so many nights in a row before you're having legume-filled nightmares. Fight those blues with some celebratory fare, fit for a mid-week slump. Who says sparkling must be saved for a New Year's toast? Isn't putting in a full day's work reason enough to pop at least a little prosecco? We say yes, and so does our Booze52 columnist Erika Kotite, whose Champagne cocktail is as fizzily festive as it is easy to make. Paired with a crispy turkey dinner -- schnitzel in this case -- it makes for fabulous weeknight vittles. Cheers to another Monday supper! Because, why not?
Click through on the recipe photos or titles to see (and save and print) the full recipes, but we've also written you a handy grocery list and game plan below.
1 pound turkey cutlets Breadcrumbs 1 leek Heavy cream Fresh sage Sparkling wine or Champagne (you might even have a bottle or two left over!) Salad greens
We assume you have sugar cubes and bitters, butter, olive oil, an egg, flour, salt, pepper, white wine, and chicken broth. If not, you'll need those, too!
1. The turkey cutlets need a little soaking and salting at the outset, which will be quite simple, but takes about 40 minutes. So, get that going first.
2. Once they're soaking, there's not a lot to do, so if you were me and I were you, I'd make that cocktail now so you can sip while you cook! Just a suggestion, of course.
3. Prep the cutlets by dipping in flour, egg, and breadcrumbs.
4. Now is the moment to make that leek and sage butter, which you can set aside briefly while frying the cutlets.
5. Fry said cutlets until crisp and just cooked through. Serve with the herbed butter, a simple green salad, and whatever remains of your cocktail. Feast.
A New Way to Dinner, co-authored by Food52's founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, is an indispensable playbook for stress-free meal-planning (hint: cook foundational dishes on the weekend and mix and match ‘em through the week).
I love Champagne and cheese and potato chips. In fact, that would be the most dreamtastic dinner. I have two cats and I am a proud Portlander-by-birth currently residing on Manhattan's rich and wonderful Lower East Side in a closet that has no closets. In May I finished up a masters degree in Food Studies at NYU and now I am trying to figure out exactly why I did that and what that all means. It is very fun and scary but mostly fun. I like to cook and I love to bake.