Open-Faced Turkey Croissant with Pan-Fried Oysters

Open-Faced Turkey Croissant with Pan-Fried Oysters Recipe
Charles E. Walton IV
Make an impressive, yet quick, main dish for the day-after holiday brunch. Oysters peak this time of year and add a zesty, pan-fried crunch to the leftover white and dark meat. Simmered in dry sherry and whipping cream, this top-notch turkey sandwich is guaranteed to please.


Makes 4 to 6 servings

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Recipe Time

Prep: 25 Minutes
Cook: 9 Minutes


1 dozen small, shucked oysters, drained (1/2 pint)
1/4 cup flour
1 egg, lightly beaten
3/4 cup Japanese breadcrumbs*
1/4 cup butter, divided
2 shallots, minced
2 (3.2-ounce) packages shiitake mushrooms, stems removed, sliced
1/2 cup dry sherry
1 cup whipping cream
3 cups coarsely shredded cooked turkey (white and dark meat)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
3 large croissants (about 2 ounces each), split and toasted
Garnishes: tarragon sprigs, lemon wedges


1. Pat oysters dry with paper towels; dredge in flour, shaking off excess. Dip each oyster in egg; coat with breadcrumbs.

2. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat; add oysters. Cook 2 minutes on each side or until golden; drain on paper towels, and keep warm. (Do not wipe out skillet.)

3. Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter in same skillet over medium-high heat; add shallots and mushrooms. Cook 4 to 5 minutes or until tender. Add sherry, scraping any brown bits from bottom of skillet; simmer 1 minute. Add cream; simmer 2 minutes. Add turkey and next 3 ingredients. Simmer 2 to 3 minutes or until turkey is heated through and sauce thickens. Spoon mixture over toasted croissant halves, and top with oysters. Garnish, if desired.

*For testing purposes, we used Panko breadcrumbs.


This dish is also delicious without the oysters, if desired.

Ana Kelly,

November 2004
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