Holiday Stuffed Turkey Breast Roulade Recipe

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I am a huge fan of Thanksgiving food. I love the roast turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, and well, everything. BUT, Thanksgiving is not always a good day for people who are trying to eat healthy, there is just SO MUCH FOOD!

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Whether you’re trying to have a low calorie Thanksgiving meal, or Thanksgiving dinner for two, this turkey roulade is the answer. A sweet and savory sausage stuffing is wrapped inside a turkey breast to give you an easy way to portion control the stuffing (my personal weakness every holiday meal). It’s also, just plain good.

If you really want to up the health factor, you can even use turkey sausage, which somehow seems more appropriate than pork sausage. But I use pork sausage, and I love it.

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You may notice that the recipe serves 12, and be wondering how on earth this would be appropriate for Thanksgiving for two, but it really is. This recipe actually makes two turkey rolls, so I always wrap one in plastic and freeze it. Each roll makes six servings, so you’ll have some Thanksgiving leftovers, but it’s a lot more manageable and affordable for a small gathering than a full turkey with all the trimmings. This recipe also makes extra stuffing, which I end up eating on it’s own as lunches the following week.

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If you’ve never made a turkey or chicken roulade before, it may seem a bit intimidating. Not to worry, it’s actually pretty easy and you will end up feeling like a professional chef by the time you’re done. Here’s a collage of step by step photos to make it even easier. The first six photos show the process of butterflying a turkey breast.

How to butterfly a turkey breast

  1. Cut the turkey breast in half
  2. Begin slicing sideways into the first turkey breast half
  3. Unfold the breast, opening it up as you slice, until it lays flat
  4. Make several vertical slices part way through the turkey breast
  5. Cover with plastic wrap
  6. Use a meat hammer to pound it thin. Repeat with other turkey breast half

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Have you ever made a roulade before? Was it intimidating or an adventure?

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Holiday Stuffed Turkey Breast Roulade Recipe
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
1 hrs 35 mins
Total Time
2 hr
 
This beautiful turkey roulade combines the turkey and the stuffing for a Thanksgiving dinner for two.
Course: Main
Cuisine: Holiday
Servings: 12
Calories: 352 kcal
Author: Diana Johnson
Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup cider
  • 6 TBS butter divided
  • 2 inch celery stalks 1/2 diced
  • 2 inch onions 1/2 diced (divided)
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 inch granny smith apple peeled and cored, 1/2 diced
  • 1 lb bulk sausage
  • 2 cups sliced button or crimini mushrooms about 6-10
  • 10 leaves sage finely chopped
  • 2-3 TBS kosher salt
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • 2 cups bread crumbs I use panko
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 cups chicken or turkey stock divided
  • 1 4-5 lb turkey breast cut in half, each half butterflied
Instructions
  1. Place dried cranberries in a small saucepan and pour cider over them. Bring to a boil then remove from burner and let sit.
  2. Melt 4 TBS of the butter in a large skillet or saute pan and add celery, onion, garlic and apple. Cook for 5-8 minutes on medium high until everything has softened slightly. Add the sausage, breaking it up with your hands. Stir the sausage in and cook for 5 minutes. Then add the mushrooms, sage and the cranberries in their liquid. Cook another 5-10 minutes until sausage is browned. Add salt and pepper to taste. Remove sausage mixture from the heat and let cool. (This is a great time to butterfly your turkey breast if you haven't already).
  3. When sausage mixture has cooled slightly, mix in bread crumbs, parmesan, eggs, 1/2 cup of the stock, salt and pepper.
  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  5. Spread one butterflied turkey breast half on a cutting board. Spread 1-1 1/2 cups of stuffing on top of the turkey leaving a half inch border on all sides (stuffing should not be more than 1/2 inch thick or it will be hard to roll the turkey).
  6. Starting at one end, roll the turkey up, poking any stuffing that comes out back in, until you have a nice cylinder or turkey. Use some twine to tie the cylinder every two inches to help it stay together. Repeat with the second turkey breast. You can roast both turkey breasts for 12 servings or freeze one for later.
  7. Place the turkey on a rack in a roasting pan and pour 1 cup of turkey stock into the pan. Cover the pan with foil and roast in the oven for 50 minutes.
  8. After 25 minutes scoop the leftover stuffing into a small casserole dish and put it in the oven.
  9. When the turkey has cooked 50 minutes, melt the remaining two tablespoons of butter then remove the foil and brush the butter all over the turkey. Place back in the oven (uncovered) for another 25 minutes.
  10. After the last 25 minutes, use a digital thermometer to check the internal temperature in a few places, it should be at least 150 degrees. Remove the turkey and casserole dish of stuffing and cover them both with foil. Let rest for 15 minutes.
  11. Remove the foil and use a pair of scissors to remove the twine. Slice the turkey into six 1 1/2 to 2 inch rounds. Serve with extra stuffing. If you'd like gravy, use the juices from your roasting pan with a little chicken stock and cornstarch.
Recipe Notes
Approximate cost/serving: I tend to be able to get a turkey breast for $3-4/lb. While this certainly costs less than cooking a full turkey, it is more expensive in the cost per serving, so make sure to factor that in. Still, it's a great deal considering it's your turkey and stuffing. This ends up costing me about $26, so just about $2.20 per serving.

Gluten Free: This recipe is easily gluten free with the use of gluten breadcrumbs or oats. Just make sure to check the ingredient list for your sausage as well!
Nutrition Facts
Holiday Stuffed Turkey Breast Roulade Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1/6 roll g)
Calories 352 Calories from Fat 106
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11.77g 18%
Saturated Fat 3.88g 19%
Cholesterol 26.25mg 9%
Sodium 1784.46mg 74%
Total Carbohydrates 15.8g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1.49g 6%
Sugars 5.79g
Protein 46.4g 93%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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8 thoughts on “Holiday Stuffed Turkey Breast Roulade Recipe”

  • Can you freeze this stuffed turkey breast after roasting? Only before roasting? If you do it before roasting, do you defrost it before roasting? Do measure the temperature of the turkey or the stuffing, ie the middle?

    I have not been able to get a straight answer on whether it is safe to freeze stuffed turkey breast.

    Thank you.

    • Hi Vicki, important questions! I have never frozen this after roasting, I always freeze it before. I take the temperature in the middle of the roll, basically the center of the thickest part of the roll.

  • One more question re stuffed turkey breast:
    When you freeze it uncooked, do you defrost it prior to cooking? In the fridge or outside?
    How long does it take? if not, how do you cook it?
    Thank you.

    • You’re welcome! Yes I defrost it before hand. Taking it out 48 hours before and putting it in the fridge is the safest method, but I have also left it on the counter for several hours in a pinch. But I recommend the fridge method! If you forget to defrost it, I think you could cook it frozen, like you would a frozen dinner. Make sure to keep it covered so the outer portion doesn’t burn. Plan for double the cooking time, but use a meat thermometer to check on it.

  • This is probably a crazy question, but could you reheat this over a camp fire? I’m camping for Thanksgiving and having a lot of trouble deciding what to bring!

    • OK totally missed answering this in time for Thanksgiving. I think you would need to go ahead and slice it, then reheat each slice in a skillet over the fire. Haven’t tried it but that should work and be safe!

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