Rolled Stuffed Turkey Breast & Creamy Basil Sauce

Rolled Stuffed Turkey Breast & Creamy Basil Sauce

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From: EatingWell Magazine, Holiday Issue 1996

Here we fill a boned turkey breast with roasted plum tomatoes, fresh breadcrumbs and prosciutto then bake it for a pretty dish for entertaining. A creamy basil sauce is the perfect counterpoint. Boning a whole turkey breast is not difficult, but if you are daunted by the prospect, ask the butcher to bone it for you.

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  • Rolled Stuffed Turkey Breast
  • 12 plum tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • Salt & freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • ⅔ cup fresh breadcrumbs, (see Tip)
  • ⅔ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme, divided
  • 1 5-pound whole bone-in turkey breast
  • 2 ounces prosciutto, very thinly sliced
  • Creamy Basil Sauce
  • 16 ounces reduced-fat sour cream
  • ½ cup fresh basil leaves
  • ½ cup fresh parsley leaves
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • Salt & freshly ground pepper, to taste


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  1. To make rolled stuffed turkey breast: Preheat oven to 375°F. Lightly oil a baking sheet or coat it with cooking spray.
  2. Slice off stem ends from tomatoes, quarter them lengthwise and arrange on the prepared baking sheet, skin-side down. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Roast until the tomato skins are wrinkled and browned, 50 to 60 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  3. Meanwhile, spread breadcrumbs on a second baking sheet and bake until well toasted, about 5 minutes. Cool briefly, then transfer to a small bowl. Stir in parsley, garlic and 1½ teaspoons of the thyme; set aside.
  4. Remove skin from turkey breast and discard. Set the breast on a cutting board, skinned-side-down. Insert a sharp knife, preferably a boning knife, between the breast muscle and the rib cage of one side of the turkey breast; carefully cut the breast meat away from the ribs. Leave the meat attached at the breast bone. Repeat on the other side. Finally, use the knife to carefully release the whole breast from the breastbone, without separating the breast halves. Trim fat and remove large white tendons from tenderloins. Place the breast, skinned-side down, on the cutting board. Fold open the tenderloin flaps so the piece is somewhat rectangular. Cover the turkey breast with plastic wrap. With a meat pounder, rolling pin or heavy pan, pound the meat to an even thickness of about ½ inch. Discard plastic wrap and season the turkey with salt and pepper.
  5. Place two 14-inch sheets of plastic wrap overlapping on a work surface; set the flattened turkey breast on top with a long side toward you. Sprinkle the meat evenly with half of the reserved breadcrumb mixture, leaving a 1-inch border. Arrange prosciutto over top. Cover with the roasted tomatoes, smearing them slightly with a spatula to form an even layer. Top with the remaining crumb mixture.
  6. To keep the stuffing from falling out during roasting, fold over the two short sides by 1 inch. Starting at the side closest to you, roll the meat as you would a jelly roll, using the plastic wrap to assist and lift in the rolling. Tie butcher's twine firmly around the length of the roll, then secure with crosswise ties at 1-inch intervals. Season all over with salt and pepper.
  7. Heat the remaining 1 teaspoon olive oil in a large roasting pan over high heat. Brown the roll well on all sides, 5 to 7 minutes. Slip a rack under the browned roll. Sprinkle with remaining ½ teaspoon thyme. Tent with foil.
  8. Bake until a meat thermometer inserted into the center registers 160°F, 60 to 70 minutes. Transfer the roll to a platter and let cool. Cover and refrigerate until firm, at least 4 hours.
  9. To make sauce: Combine sour cream, basil, parsley, garlic and lemon juice in a food processor or blender; process until the sauce is a vibrant green. Transfer to a bowl and season with salt and pepper.
  10. To serve: Remove the string from the turkey roll and carve into ¼-inch-thick slices. Arrange on a platter and serve with the Creamy Basil Sauce.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate the turkey roll (Steps 1-8) for up to 2 days. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving. Cover and refrigerate the sauce (Step 9) for up to 2 days.
  • Tip: To make fresh breadcrumbs: Trim crusts from firm sandwich bread. Tear bread into pieces and process in a food processor until coarse crumbs form. One slice of bread makes about ⅓ cup crumbs.

Nutrition information

  • Per serving: 274 calories; 9 g fat(4 g sat); 1 g fiber; 8 g carbohydrates; 39 g protein; 43 mcg folate; 104 mg cholesterol; 2 g sugars; 1,291 IU vitamin A; 18 mg vitamin C; 84 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 408 mg sodium; 608 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (30% daily value), Vitamin A (26% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: ½
  • Exchanges: ½ starch, 4 lean meat, 1 fat

Reviews 1

August 08, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
I just made the sauce and used it on Salmon. The parsley flavor is stronger than I'd prefer, but it's good none-the-less - a very fresh flavor. I increased the lemon to 3 tsp and doubled the garlic. Next time I'd increase the basil and reduce the parsley.
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