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San Jacobos turkey, ham and cheese

San Jacobos turkey, ham and cheese


  • Easy
  • 25 minutes
  • For 4 people
  • 2.2 € / person

How to make some homemade St. James with turkey . In our kitchens there are few dishes as classic in meat recipes as the breaded fillet of a lifetime. But just because it’s a regular family meal doesn’t mean you can’t give it a twist, for example turning it into a San Jacobo , the same look but accompanied by a tasty filling of cooked ham and melted cheese. Delicious!

This dish is said to have been born in the inns of the Camino de Santiago, where it was used to reward pilgrims who had done something worthy of praise; and it is that if it is now a popular recipe, in ancient times it was considered a luxury dish, almost a delicatessen. Other theories say that their origin was reinvindicativo: when eating San Jacobos (composed then mainly with pork) it was demonstrated not to be Moor or Jewish, for that reason they were named with the name of one of the saints who had led the fight against the Muslims.

In any case, this recipe, made at home, can be a delicious lunch or dinner. We have chosen to replace the pork with a generous turkey wrap, although this dish can also be prepared with chicken, pork or veal, or simply by coating the cooked ham and cheese, although in that case the filling is done just the opposite, with the cheese between the ham slices.

Choosing quality ingredients will make a difference, they will make this dish something to repeat, not to mention the fact that children will love it. On the blog you have several delicious options to make your dinners with different and homemade  rolls , flamenquines , proprietas, cord bleu , booklets of loin , a good  cachopo   or Italian saltimbocca . All these recipes have the same base, to surround with cheese a piece of meat, more or less seasoned and / or marinated to protect it and give it flavor during its frying, coated in flour, egg and breadcrumbs. Dare with any of them and you will tell me.  

Preparation of the San Jacobos of turkey, ham and cheese

  1. With the help of a ladle or a hammer we crush the turkey fillets, we try to make them easier to handle and well done when frying.
  2. We spread the fillets on the cutting board or the table and season them with salt and pepper.
  3. We place a slice of cheese to melt (or sliced ​​mozzarella) on half of the fillets and then we also put the cooked ham. It is important that the slices do not protrude along the edges so that we can close the San Jacobos
  4. On the slice of cooked ham we place a new layer of cheese and complete with the other fillet. We press lightly with our hands. Each San Jacobo is made up of two turkey fillets, two slices of cheese and one of cooked ham, right in the middle of everything else.
  5. We beat a couple of eggs and in a flat plate we mix flour and breadcrumbs in equal parts
  6. We pass the San Jacobos through the egg and generously coat them in the mixture; they should be perfectly covered in flour and breadcrumbs
  7. We pour abundant olive oil in a non-stick frying pan and fry the San Jacobos, it is important to handle them and turn them carefully so that they do not fall apart, for that it is best to use a slotted spoon and use a wooden spoon or similar
  8. We remove them from the oil when they are golden brown and transfer them to a plate with absorbent paper so that they lose the excess oil. After a couple of minutes they are ready to serve and enjoy.

And ready! In just over 15 minutes we have our recipe for San Jacobos ready.

Something to keep in mind is that if turkey meat can sometimes be a little dry with this recipe there is no problem: the melted cheese and the cooked ham give them a very tasty touch that turns simple breaded fillets into a different dish. , much more nutritious … Also with a story that you can tell while you take them to your mouth!

Be sure to enjoy the recipes for simple dinners that we have on the blog, I assure you that you will find a lot of ideas to lead a healthier and more colorful diet. You can see all the step by step photos of the recipe for this turkey SanJacobo   in this album, do not miss any detail and it will be perfect.

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