The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) and the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) recently hosted a trade mission to China to encourage the Chinese to buy more turkey from Minnesota farmers. The mission is one of several over the past decade that has focused on educating the Chinese about turkey products and recipes with the goal of replacing chicken and pork in traditional Chinese cuisine.
China’s demand for high-end food products is skyrocketing and more Chinese consumers are requesting healthier food choices, making this an exciting market opportunity for Minnesota turkey farmers. The advantages of turkey – lower fat and higher protein – make it easy to incorporate into regular daily diets, thus boosting consumption volume in the Chinese market. The U.S. exported about 47,000 metric tons of turkey to China last year. Minnesota accounts for about one sixth of U.S. turkey production.
MDA’s International Trade Representative Christina Connelly says the trade mission included chef demonstrations and training sessions, turkey tastings, and retail tours. While in Shanghai, MDA hosted a cooking contest in which dozens of Chinese chefs competed using turkey as the main ingredient.
Turkey Cutlets with Lemon, Butter, Capers and Herbs
- Turkey cutlets cut from the breast, about 2cm thick
- Juice from ½ lemon
- 4 TSP capers
- 2 TBLS butter
- Olive oil or butter
- Fresh herbs such as thyme or rosemary
- Freshly ground black pepper
Season turkey cutlets with salt and pepper. Sauté cutlets in olive oil or butter, remove from pan. Remove excess grease, add butter and heat until browned. Add capers. Finish with juice from ½ lemon to create a pan sauce. Plate cooked cutlets with pan sauce, garnish with fresh herbs. Serve immediately.