Pulled Turkey Sandwiches with Barbecue Sauce

Ingredients

For the gravy

  • 1/4 cup  unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup  all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon  extra-virgin olive oil
  •   medium yellow onion, diced finely
  • 4 cups  turkey or chicken stock
  • 2 teaspoons  dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons  aged balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon  cayenne
  • 1/4 teaspoon  dried sage*
  •    Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

For the sandwich

  •    Sea salt, for blanching
  • 1 cup  fresh or frozen sweet peas
  • 4 cups  cooked white and dark turkey meat
  • 8 s  slices crusty bread, toasted

This is a barbecue turkey take on a hot chicken sandwich — a Quebec staple. Tender pulled turkey meat is sandwiched between two slices of bread, then smothered with gravy and sweet peas… Come to think of it, Quebecers seem to douse everything in gravy: fries, sandwiches… The only thing that’s got no gravy is the train. I had to punch that ticket in the good ol’ U.S. of A.

Directions

For the gravy

Melt the butter in a small pot over medium-high heat. Add the all-purpose flour, and whisk until the roux is amber-colored, about 6 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

Heat the olive oil in a medium-sized frying pan over medium-high heat. Sauté the onion until the edges are crisp and golden, about 8 minutes. Deglaze the frying pan with the turkey or chicken stock. Whisk in the roux. Add the brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, cayenne, and sage. Turn the heat down to medium-low, and simmer for 15 minutes to thicken. The gravy is done when it coats a spoon. Season with sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste.

For the sandwich

Bring a pot of water to boil over high heat. If using fresh peas, blanch them for 2 minutes; otherwise, if using frozen, blanch them for 30 seconds. Drain.

Shred the mix of white and dark turkey meat with a fork. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the turkey meat with half of the hot gravy. Divide the turkey equally among 4 slices of bread. Close the sandwiches with the remaining slices and smother each sandwich with gravy. Cover the sandwiches with peas. Serve immediately.

Notes

*Note: You can substitute 2 leaves of minced fresh sage for every ¼ teaspoon of dried sage.

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