Friday, February 14, 2014

Rolled Turkey Breast with Couscous Stuffing

Whew, it's been way too long since I've posted here!  But -- for good reason...I just got engaged!  All my internet attention has turned to wedding blogs.  :)  That said, I have so many great recipes that I've made that I want to share, just as soon as I find time to write them up!  This one is from Christmas, and it is a perfect holiday meal.  Since we had a smaller group this year, we didn't want to roast a whole turkey.  Instead, we went with turkey breast -- but we didn't want it to be boring.  This version of turkey breast is pretty fancy!  First, it's pounded thin, and then it's filled with a super-delicious stuffing of couscous, nuts, and dried fruit.  The combination is delicious, and looks so pretty when cut open.  The turkey got a tad dry, as turkey breast tends to do, so I recommend serving it with cranberry sauce and/or gravy just in case.

Rolled turkey breast with couscous stuffing, cranberry sauce, dressing, Christmas stollen, broccoli salad, mashed potatoes, and Royal Riviera pears.

Rolled Turkey Breast with Couscous Stuffing (adapted from Fig and Cherry, original recipe here)

About 3 pounds turkey breast tenderloins
1 cup dry whole wheat couscouse
1 cup grape-cranberry juice
2 T butter
2 small shallots, minced
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
2 T fresh sage, minced
1 tsp lemon zest
2 eggs, lightly beaten
Spray oil

For the topping:
2 T butter
2  T olive oil
1 T honey

1. Use a meat pounder to pound out the turkey to about 3/4-inch thick.  Set aside.  Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
2. Make the stuffing.  Place the couscous in a large mixing bowl and pour the grape-cranberry juice over it.  Let sit while your prepare the shallots.
3. Melt the butter in a skillet and add the shallots.  Cook over medium heat for 5-10 minutes, until softened and starting to brown.
4. At this point, the couscous should have absorbed the juice.  Add the cooked shallots along with the cranberries, raisins, pine nuts, sage, lemon zest, and eggs.  Season with salt and pepper, and stir well to combine.
5. Lay out the turkey in a single layer.  Spread the stuffing all over in a thick layer, leaving a bit of a border around the edges.  Roll up each piece of turkey as tightly as possible.
6. Spray two glass baking pans with oil.  Divide the turkey between the pans, placing it seam-side down so that it does not unroll, and leaving space between each turkey roll.
7. Make the topping. Combine the butter, olive oil, and honey in a small bowl and microwave for about 30 seconds until everything is liquid.  Mix to combine and then brush over the turkey.
8. Roast for about an hour, or until the turkey is cooked through.  Let rest for about 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

Happy couple! Wine tasting on a trip up to Russian River to celebrate our engagement. :)

1 comment:

  1. Oh my goodness - glad I saw this. Congrats on your engagement! Here's to a beautiful wedding and more importantly, a very happy future!