Elevate your Thanksgiving dinner with this Stuffed Roasted Turkey Breast, over the traditional whole turkey. This recipe offers a unique twist on the holiday classic, delivering a flavorful and moist turkey roulade that is generously filled with homemade sausage stuffing. This rolled turkey is both visually impressive, and incredibly delicious.
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You will need the following kitchen tools to successfully create a moist, tender and fully-cooked turkey breast:
TURKEY BREAST VS WHOLE TURKEY
Roasted turkey, whole or just the breast, is a holiday favorite, especially at Thanksgiving. If you are just not feeling the whole bird, a roasted turkey breast is a great alternative. Honestly, a turkey breast is a lot easier to prep, and cook. So, maybe you are not entertaining a big crowd this holiday, or you just want to change up with tradition, this Stuffed Roasted Turkey Breast recipe is a great idea.
Here are a few more reasons to consider roasting a turkey breast this Thanksgiving, as opposed to a whole bird:
- Defrosts quicker.
- Easier to prepare.
- Cooks faster.
- Takes up less space in the oven.
- Feeds a smaller crowd.
RAW POULTRY FOOD SAFETY
Before diving into this turkey roulade recipe, or any poultry recipe, consider food handling safety. Always start the turkey preparation with clean; hands, surface, knife and prep area. Touching a surface after touching the raw turkey can cause cross contamination. Consider these additional tips to have a safe turkey day:
- Wash your hands, OFTEN!
- Portion out the salt and pepper prior, so as to not contaminate the jars.
- Have the kitchen twine already cut into pieces, or have someone who is not handling the turkey do so for you.
- Measure out the stuffing to fill the breast into a separate bowl
- Disinfect any and all areas used to prep the turkey, including the sink with bleach.
TYPES OF TURKEY BREAST
Did you know that you can purchase different types of turkey breast? This Stuffed Roasted Turkey Breast recipe started with a full double-breast turkey. In fact, when you spot one in the market, you may think it’s just a small whole turkey.
A bone-in half breast turkey has no rib cage, or cavity. If you do not want to debone the turkey breast, purchase a fresh boneless turkey breast, or turkey roast.
HOW TO DEFROST A TURKEY BREAST
So, if you cannot find a fresh turkey breast, you will need to thaw from a frozen state:
- Include the defrost time to your Thanksgiving dinner prep.
- For a three to five pound turkey breast, allow at least three full days in the fridge.
- Place the frozen turkey in a bowl of cool water. Place in the fridge. Dump and replace the water a few times a day.
DEBONING A TURKEY BREAST
Deboning a turkey breast might seem like a daunting task, but with a little patience and the right technique, it can be accomplished successfully, allowing you to create a perfect canvas for your stuffed roasted turkey breast (roulade). Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to debone a turkey breast:
1. Gather Your Tools: Prepare a sharp boning knife, a pair of kitchen shears, and a cutting board. Make sure your tools are clean and in good condition.
2. Remove the Skin: Removing the skin is optional. If leaving the skin-on, flatten on the flesh side. If removing the skin, consider wrapping the roulade in the skin prior to trussing.
3. Locate the Breastbone: Run your fingers along the center of the breast to locate the breastbone (keel bone). Make a shallow incision along one side of the breastbone to expose the bone.
4. Cut Along the Breastbone: Using the boning knife, cut alongside the breastbone, following the contours closely. Use gentle, smooth strokes to separate the meat from the bone. Continue cutting until the breast meat is fully detached from the bone.
5. Work Around the Ribcage: Once the breast is separated from the breastbone, work your way around the ribcage. Use the boning knife to cut along the ribs, gently pulling the meat away as you go. Be careful not to tear the meat. Save the bones for homemade turkey gravy!
6. Trim Excess Fat and Cartilage: Trim any excess fat and cartilage from the inner side of the turkey breast. This step ensures that your roulade will have a uniform texture and appearance.
7. Flatten the Breast: With the breast fully deboned, you can now flatten it by gently pounding it with a meat mallet. This step helps even out the thickness of the meat, making it easier to roll and stuff.
8. Proceed with Stuffing and Rolling: Follow your stuffed roasted turkey breast recipe, layering the stuffing evenly over the flattened, seasoned turkey breast and rolling it tightly to create the roulade.
STUFFING THE BONELESS TURKEY BREAST
Where I come from, it is always referred to as stuffing, regardless of whether it’s inside the turkey, or not. Surprisingly to me, when I moved south, I found that most people here call it turkey dressing. Regardless of what you call it, or how you prepare it, stuffing is a Thanksgiving dinner staple.
Get as creative as you want with the filling. Here are a few ideas:
- Homemade Sausage Stuffing
- Boxed Stuffing
- Mushroom and Herb Stuffing
- Rice and Vegetables Stuffing
HOW TO PREPARE A TURKEY ROULADE
1. Prepare the Turkey Breast:
- Preheat your oven to 450°F (230°C).
- Lay the deboned turkey breast flat on a clean surface.
- Pat the turkey breast dry with paper towels to remove excess moisture.
2. Season the Turkey Breast:
- Season with kosher salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
3. Add the Stuffing:
- Spread a layer of homemade sausage stuffing evenly over the seasoned turkey breast, leaving a small border around the edges.
4. Roll and Secure:
- Carefully roll the turkey breast into a tight cylinder, starting from one end.
- Secure the rolled turkey breast with kitchen twine at 1 to 2-inch intervals, ensuring it holds its shape during roasting.
5. Season the Outside:
- Sprinkle the outside of the turkey roulade with kosher salt and black pepper.
- Place the turkey roulade in a roasting pan.
- Roast in the preheated oven at 450°F (230°C) for 30 minutes. This initial high heat will help brown the skin and seal in the juices.
7. Reduce Heat and Add Moisture:
- After 30 minutes, reduce the oven temperature to 350°F (175°C).
- Rub the surface of the turkey roulade with the butter to enhance flavor and crispness.
- Pour the chicken or turkey stock into the pan around the turkey roulade to keep it moist during roasting.
8. Continue Roasting:
- Return the pan to the oven and continue roasting until the internal temperature of the turkey roulade reaches 165°F (74°C). This may take about 1 to 1.5 hours, depending on the size of the turkey breast.
- Add additional stock as the turkey is roasting as the stock tends to cook off.
9. Resting and Serving:
- Once the turkey roulade reaches the desired temperature, carefully remove it from the oven.
- Cut off the kitchen twine and let the turkey roulade rest, tented with foil, for at least 15 minutes. This allows the juices to redistribute, ensuring a moist and flavorful turkey.
10. Carving and Enjoying:
- After resting, slice the turkey roulade into rounds.
- Serve the stuffed roasted turkey breast slices with your favorite side dishes and plenty of homemade turkey gravy!
TIPS TO MAKING THIS TURKEY RECIPE
- Always base a fully-cooked turkey on temperature, not time, for food safety.
- Follow proper food safety guidelines throughout the entire process.
- Opt for a boneless turkey breast if you do not wish to debone yourself. Alternatively, ask your butcher to debone for you.
- When pounding the deboned turkey breast, aim for an even thickness.
- Season the inside and outside of the turkey breast liberally with salt, pepper, and any other desired seasonings.
- When adding the stuffing, distribute it evenly over the turkey breast, leaving a small border around the edges. Avoid overstuffing, as it can make rolling and securing the roulade challenging.
- After adding the stuffing, roll the turkey breast tightly and secure it with kitchen twine. Tie the twine at regular intervals to prevent the stuffing from falling out during cooking. A tightly secured roulade maintains its shape beautifully.
- Invest in a reliable meat thermometer to ensure your turkey roulade is cooked to perfection. Insert the thermometer into the thickest part of the roulade, avoiding the stuffing, and cook until it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C) for safe consumption.
- To keep the roulade moist, baste it with butter during the roasting process.
- Check the level of chicken or turkey stock, often. Add more, as needed to not only enhance the flavor, but to prevent the roulade from drying out.
- After roasting, resist the temptation to slice the roulade immediately. Let it rest tented with foil for at least 15 minutes.
- This turkey recipe will easily serve four adults, considering two roulade slices, each.
THANKSGIVING DINNER LEFTOVERS AND SHARING!
We all know this day is about sharing and being THANKFUL! A few years ago, I came up with this incredible idea on what to do with Thanksgiving dinner leftovers. Make TV dinners using these trays! This is a great way to share a meal with an elderly neighbor, or someone who may be in need of a meal. Please check your local ordinance if you plan on sharing with the homeless.
Store the in the fridge, or freeze to enjoy later. Leftover roasted turkey roulade will last in the fridge up to four days, or up to three months in the freezer.
MORE THANKSGIVING RECIPES TO LOVE
- Creamy Homemade Mashed Potatoes
- Homemade Green Bean Casserole
- Oyster Dressing
- Orange Cranberry Relish
- Fondant Sweet Potatoes with Toasted Marshmallows
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