Turkey Medallions With Sweet Potato-Walnut Mash

If you crave the flavors of Thanksgiving year-round, this dish is the perfect solution. It pairs heart-healthy, quick-cooking turkey medallions with cinnamon-spiced and walnut-studded sweet potatoes for a festive one-skillet dinner that's delicious any time of year and easy enough for a weeknight.

Level: Easy
Serves: 4


  • 1/4 tsp. salt (x2)
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper (x2)
  • 1 lb. turkey tenderloin, all visible fat discarded, cut crosswise into 8 medallions
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 large Granny Smith apple, peeled, thickly sliced
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2/3 c. unsweetened apple cider or 100% apple juice
  • 1/4 c. unsweetened apple cider or 100% apple juice
  • 1/4 c. chopped walnuts, dry-roasted
  • 1 tbsp. coarse-grain mustard, lowest sodium available
  • 2 tbsp. minced green onions


  1. Sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper over both sides of the turkey.
  2. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat, swirling to coat the bottom. Cook the turkey for 2 minutes on each side, or until browned. (The turkey won't be done at this point.) Transfer to a large plate.
  3. In the same skillet, stir together the sweet potatoes and onion. Reduce the heat to medium. Cook for 7 minutes, or until the onion is golden, stirring frequently.
  4. Stir in the apple, cinnamon, and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  5. Place the turkey medallions among the sweet potato and apple slices. Pour in 2/3 cup cider. Bring to a boil, still over medium heat. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the turkey is no longer pink in the center and the sweet potatoes are tender. Remove from the heat. Transfer the turkey to a separate large plate, leaving the sweet potato mixture in the skillet. Cover the turkey loosely to keep warm.
  6. Using a potato masher, mash the sweet potato mixture. Stir in the walnuts. Transfer the sweet potato mixture to plates.
  7. Quickly pour the remaining 1/4 cup cider into the skillet, scraping to dislodge any browned bits. Stir in the mustard, green onions, and final pinch of pepper. Remove from the heat.
  8. Serve the turkey on the sweet potato mixture. Drizzle the sauce over the turkey.

338 calories and 475 mg sodium per serving.

Reprinted from The Go Red for Women 10th Anniversary Cookbook with permission from the American Heart Association and Penguin Random House.

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