Ground Turkey, Turkey Tenderloins and Cutlets: Easy to Prepare and Healthy Options for Diners

October 24, 2012

Sherrie Rosenblatt, National Turkey Federation
202-898-0100 ext. 227,
or Lisa Brackett, Devine & Pearson
617-472-2700 ext. 135

A recent online survey conducted by the National Turkey Federation (NTF) found that consumers are looking for a wider variety of turkey products when dining out. Ground turkey was a favorite, topping the list for 67 percent of respondents, followed by such special breast cuts as turkey tenderloins and cutlets at 61 percent.

"Turkey is no longer thought of as simply a once-a-year protein. With an extensive variety of turkey products available to foodservice operators, preparation is considerably easier," comments Sherrie Rosenblatt, NTF's senior director of marketing and communication. "For patrons who are looking for lower fat, more nutritious options, ground turkey is growing in popularity for items such as meatloaf and burgers."

With so many raw and fully cooked products available, foodservice operators have a choice when it comes to what to serve. Turkey is a perfect protein because it is perceived by consumers to be a lower-fat, higher protein center-of-the plate option and operators favor turkey because of its ease in preparation, versatility and adaptability.

Foodservice operators can search through about 75 recipes that call for ground turkey on There are also hundreds of turkey tenderloin and cutlet recipes available. Try Turkey Shiitake Loaf with Chipotle Barbecue Sauce, which is a jazzed up meatloaf that combines ground turkey, shiitake mushrooms and bell peppers smothered in warm Chipotle barbecue sauce. Or, try Turkey Tenderloins with Two Tropical Fruit Salsas. This delicious turkey tenderloin recipe is served with mango-ginger salsa and spicy papaya salsa for a Caribbean flavored dish.

The National Turkey Federation (NTF) is the national advocate for all segments of the turkey industry, providing services and conducting activities that increase demand for its members' products by protecting and enhancing their ability to profitably provide wholesome, high-quality, nutritious products. Its award-winning web site,, offers consumers, food professionals and the media an extensive library of information including healthy eating and restaurant trends, turkey cuts and purchasing tips, turkey nutrition and cooking techniques, and turkey facts and trivia. Additionally, the site presents a searchable database of more than 1,500 recipes, offers a recipe E-mail program and provides special seasonal and holiday ideas. The National Turkey Federation is headquartered in Washington, D.C.