The adapted “Marlboro Man” sandwich

The other night I found myself asking the same question I do every night, what to make for dinner? I had ground turkey unthawed so I knew whatever it was that was on the menu.

I received all three of the Pioneer Woman cookbooks for Christmas, so I started searching her recipes and came across something I knew my husband would enjoy, and I have to say looked pretty darn delicious to me as well.

Behold, the Marlboro Man Sandwich!

Marlboro Man's Favorite Sandwich
Photo courtesy of the Food Network - Ree Drummond

 Now this sandwich is made with cube steak, caramelized onions and dripping with delicious seasonings and sauces. I decided I would try to re-create, only using ground turkey instead.

Follow the link to see the Pioneer Woman's original recipe and directions. My adapted recipe is below.

1 lb. Ground Turkey
Salt - to taste
Pepper- to taste
Seasoning Salt- to taste
Red Pepper Flakes - to taste
6 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
Few dashes of Chipotle Tabasco
Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

My "Turkey" Marlboro Man Sandwich
First caramelize the sliced onions in 2 Tbsp of butter (I used yellow, I am sure sweet would be good too), sprinkle them with a little salt & pepper and once finished set aside.
Using the same pan melt 2 Tbsp of butter, slice the turkey in strips (if the turkey pieces start to break apart gently pack them together as if you were making meatballs in a strip form), place the stripes in the pan, sprinkle them with salt, pepper, seasoning salt & red pepper flakes, all to taste. After one side is nicely browned, gently flip the meat over to continue cooking the other side. Once meat is brown, add 2 Tbsp of Worcestershire sauce (I didn't want the sandwich to be really saucy, if you would prefer that, add more to desired consistency). Then dash some chipotle Tabasco to taste and add the onions back into the pan, gently mix all together.
Sprinkle shredded mozzarella cheese all over mixture.

Dinner is ready, if needed you can cover until you are ready to eat (like I had to do since I was waiting on the hubby to come inside. Anyone else ever doing this???).

We only had Pugliese bread on hand so I sliced that up and served as mini sandwiches. They were delicious and my husband LOVED them! It was just as good the next day for leftovers too.

I urge you to try this recipe it is truly delicious! Thank you Pioneer Woman for your constant inspiration!


  1. Great adaptation! Thank you for linking it up with Mouthwatering Mondays! We use lots of Turkey here, too :-)