Festive Turkey roll with cranberry stuffing

FESTIVE TURKEY ROLL WITH CRANBERRY STUFFING

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Festive turkey roll with cranberry stuffing

Christmas are approaching with lighting speed and I am trying to figure out what will I prepare for Christmas day lunch. We always have our closest friends over for lunch, because  family visits us on Christmas Eve, so Christmas day is reserved for friends.

Last year I prepared classic turkey with cranberry classic stuffing, but this year, I would like to go a bit deeper in my culinary challenge. So I have decided to keep the same meat game and keeping the turkey meat on the table, but different way.

I have decided to go for turkey breast roll, stuffed with yummy cranberry stuffing and with mashed potatoes. Isn’t it yum?

As you know me, I always try to go the easy way and this will be recipe same as any other “EASY” recipe. Doesn’t require any special tools, promise, and doesn’t require any special techniques.

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Festive table

You will need 1 large turkey breast, some seasoning, what you already have at home, Dijon mustard would be one of the special ingredients, but you can grab any mustard you have at home.

For the stuffing: you will need fresh cranberries or dried cranberries (also canned cranberries), dried apricots, fresh mushrooms, fresh chives, feta cheese, fresh parsley and little bit of sugar, if you are using fresh cranberries. If some of these ingredients doesn’t make you happy, you don’t really like, you can always use whatever you like. This recipe, is just and inspiration for you.

Note: I have used fresh cranberries and it little overpowered other ingredients with the acidity of popped cranberries, but I figured out how to cut down on the acidity, you can add a little spoon of sugar or use dried cranberries (these are sweet) and  problem with acidic stuffing is solved.

Everybody says, that turkey breast tend to be dry when baked. Not in this case. If you tenderize your turkey breast, which in this case is mandatory (with food mallet), the turkey breast will be incredibly tender and all the juices will penetrate easily in the meat.

 

TIPS: Make sure you choose a turkey breast not too thick, then the process of tenderizing the meat will be longer and harder. Turkey breast around 2-3 lb should be excellent. When I tenderize meat, I always use plastic food wrap, to cover the meat from all sides. When meat is covered, no meat with spray away from your board. I as well cover my mallet, so I have easier cleaning process.

It is better, when you take out meat from refrigerator 30 minutes, before you will work with. It won’t be that cold and cooking process will be faster. Take your turkey breast, cut in half, but don’t cut through. Open the turkey breast and cover in plastic food wrap. Pound the turkey with mallet to tenderize. Once your turkey breast in flat, season from both sides with salt and pepper and spread generous amount of Dijon mustard.

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Dijon mustard on the side

 

Stuffing: In a medium skillet, preheat olive oil and add minced scallions, minced mushrooms, fresh cranberries, dried apricots and  cook for 5 minutes. At the end ad teaspoon of brown sugar, feta cheese and parsley.  Scoop the stuffing into the center of the turkey. Roll the turkey breast up away from you, making sure the roll ends up seam-side down. Tie with twine in 3 spots across the roll and once lengthwise or use toothpicks to secure the turkey breast. Transfer to the prepared baking dish with cover. Add half cup of water and 1/4 cup of butter. I also seasoned turkey breast on the top with smoked paprika seasoning.

Baking: Bake for 1 hour, in between baking, pour some juices over the turkey breast, at least twice. After 1 hour of baking, remove the cover and let bake for another 15 minutes.  Let rest for 10 to 15 minutes. Slice and serve with mashed potatoes, with little spoon of Dijon mustard on a side or cranberry sauce. Enjoy!

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RECIPE

FESTIVE TURKEY ROLL WITH CRANBERRY STUFFING

Preparation time: 30 minutes⭐cooking time: 1 hour & 15 minutes⭐ servings: 12 slices

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cups mushroom diced
  • 2 scallions
  • salt & pepper
  • 1/2 parsley minced
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup feta diced
  • 5 dried apricots diced
  • 1 turkey breast 2-3 lb
  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 1/2 water
  • cooking twine or toothpicks
  • 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat the oven to 190 C /400 F. Set a wire rack on a baking dish.
  2. Lay the turkey breast smooth-side down on a cutting board. Slice horizontally 1 inch of the outer edge so that you can open that side like a book and have 1 long piece. Cover turkey breast in plastic food wrap and pound the turkey with a mallet to an even thickness of about 1 inch.
  3. Season turkey from both sides and spread generous amount of Dijon mustard.
  4. In a medium skillet, preheat olive oil and add minced scallions, minced mushrooms, fresh cranberries, dried apricots and  cook for 5 minutes. At the end ad teaspoon of brown sugar, feta cheese and parsley.
  5. Scoop the stuffing into the center of the turkey. Roll  the turkey up away from you, making sure the roll ends up seam-side down.  Tie with twine in 3 spots across the roll and once lengthwise or use toothpicks to secure the turkey breast. Transfer to the prepared baking dish.
  6. Bake for 1 hour. in between baking, pour some juices over the turkey breast, at least twice. After 1 hour of baking, remove the cover and let bake for another 15 minutes.  Let rest for 10 to 15 minutes. Slice and serve with mashed potatoes, with little spoon of Dijon mustard on a side or cranberry sauce. Enjoy!

 

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